De-Cruit. Amphibian Stage Productions, 2019. Photo by Evan Michael Woods.
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Access (DEIA)
Creativity transcends all barriers, real and perceived. Arts Fort Worth is committed to challenging systemic and historic barriers by building a platform where all have an opportunity to express and see themselves in the arts. Join us as we work to build a more welcoming and equitable arts community. All people who work at an arts nonprofit are encouraged to participate, but special preference will be given to Arts Fort Worth Grants Program applicants and recipients and participation raises an applicant organization's award cap for a FY23 DEIA Capacity Building Grant.
Diversity on Boards: A Learning Experience
With Sam Santiago, CDE (Certified Diversity Executive)
Thursday, August 18 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Arts Fort Worth, 1300 Gendy St., Fort Worth TX 76107
Workshop goal: Provide arts leaders with the tools necessary to improve and increase the board composition (e.g., racial, gender, socioeconomic, age, sexual orientation/gender identity, etc.) This learning experience defines a number of approaches that have proven promising for exploring board dynamics, including the use of language to further interests, social exchanges, the political context of boards as elements of a pyramid of civic participation, the socialization and acculturation of board members and the composition and representativeness of boards. This workshop will be in-person and masks will be available. Parking vouchers will be available for the Western Heritage parking garage. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP by August 15, 2022.
Sam Santiago, CDE, is an award-winning senior corporate social responsibility and diversity leader with 30+ years of CSR/ESG, diversity, inclusion, health equity and nonprofit experience in the travel, hospitality, health, logistics, digital marketing and retail industries. He’s held leadership roles with American Airlines, Hilton Worldwide, American Heart Association, Ross Stores, Inc. (US) and is currently the Chief Administrative Officer for a corporate group that includes two logistics companies and a digital agency based in Mexico. He’s been a volunteer, advocate and speaker on these topics with organizations such as the United Nations, the European Commission, Junior League International, the Points of Light Foundation, UNICEF USA, and the Texas Volunteer Management Conference, to name a few. In addition, Sam has been an active citizen and board
member with many local and national organizations and networks such as CNM Connect, VolunteerNOW, the Business Council for the Arts, the International Association for Volunteer Effort/Global Corporate Volunteer Council, the Resource Center Dallas, the Dallas Mavericks, and the Arts and Culture Advisory Commission for the City of Dallas.
In 2010, Sam was the recipient of the American Airlines' Earl G. Graves Award for Leadership in diversity and inclusion; in 2012, he was recognized by the Points of Light Foundation on behalf of President Barack Obama with the President's Volunteer Service Award, and in 2019 he was honored by the American Heart Association with the Heartbeat Award for service above and beyond in the advancement of health equity. In April 2022, he the received the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Champion Award bestowed by the National Diversity Council.
Sam attended pre-med and business schools at the University of Puerto Rico and holds several certifications including Training Manager Certificate, Nonprofit Management Certificate and Certified Diversity Executive ™ (CDE). Sam and his husband split their time together between Manzanillo, Mexico and Dallas, Texas.
In 2021, Anne Phibbs, Ph.D. (she/her/hers), Founder and President of Strategic Diversity Initiatives, brought her 25 years of experience helping organizations advance their diversity, equity & inclusion goals. She lead a series of workshops to help local arts nonprofits begin to recognize and address the barriers and biases that prevent equal opportunities for participation and employment in the arts. The 2021 DEIA Workshop Series is generously funded by Fund to Advance Racial Equity at North Texas Community Foundation.
Beyond Diversity 101: Micro-inequities, Implicit Bias, and Moving toward Equity
Tuesday, July 13, 2021
Many of us have been involved with diversity training that focuses on cultural differences and respecting all perspectives. While this is a good start, we cannot move toward true equity in our workplaces, organizations, and personal relationships until we address historical and institutional inequality. In order to address the myriad ways that certain people are marginalized based on social identities such as race, gender, disability, religion, class, sexual orientation, etc., every one of us needs to understand our own identities, how we all demonstrate bias that is often unconscious, and how we are all capable of moving toward equity.
Understanding and Challenging Implicit Bias in Decision-Making
Tuesday, August 24, 2021
Scholars and researchers continue to demonstrate that we all carry implicit bias involving social identities like race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, class, and religion, among others. This unconscious bias can work against an organization’s stated diversity goals, affecting everything from hiring and admissions decisions to how staff works with clients, patients, the larger community, and each other. This workshop addresses what we’ve learned, and how we can use this knowledge to challenge implicit bias in all our decisions.
Creating an Inclusive Organization: Addressing Conflict and Building Authentic Dialogue
Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Many of us desire workplaces and organizations that are welcoming and inclusive and also free from conflict. But these two desires can be at odds. Creating truly equitable and inclusive spaces requires us to openly and authentically address conflict and not shy away from discussions that can be difficult, complex, and even scary. In this workshop, we address common challenges in talking openly about disability, religion, gender, race, sexual orientation, class, and other social identities and practice having authentic conversations around difficult topics.