NOVA RPCV Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program
In solidarity with the National Peace Corps Association’s commitment to create a better world -- one that promotes world peace and friendship, and in support of Peace Corp’s Third Goal to bring the world home to the United States -- NOVA RPCV took steps to educate, encourage, and build capacity to positively affect racial equity in the United States. During the winter of 2021, led by two Board members of NOVA RPCV, eighteen RPCV’s embarked on a participatory and experiential journey of awareness of interpersonal and institutional racism, working towards taking action to combat racial inequity and to build an inclusive, diverse, and equitable society.
The program consisted of a series of 7 dialog sessions where we provided opportunities for participants to think about, discuss and take selective action to support antiracism at the individual, interpersonal and institutional level. The program is based on a series of Anti-Racist Dialog Sessions developed by Sue Ries Lamb, an international leader in organizational development and experiential learning. As a final assignment, participants selected a topic of choice relating to structural racism, performed research, and reported out to the group their findings in a short presentation with resource links. Participants were encouraged to determine how they might take at least one action to work towards challenging and dismantling that particular manifestation of racism in their local community, state or the US.
Click on the links below to access the reports created in March 2021:
- NPCA Affiliate Groups DEI Actions
- Use of Language
- Wage Gap Between White and Others
- Diversity among Higher Education Faculty
- Racial Disparities in Maternal Death in Virginia
- Homelessness and Structural Racism
- Land Back Movement
- How to Assess Potential Discriminatory Consequences in the Development of Policy