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Leading Diverse Communities A How-To Guide for Moving from Healing into Action

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ISBN-10: 0787973696

ISBN-13: 9780787973698

Edition: 2004

Authors: Cherie R. Brown, George J. Mazza, National Coalition Building Institute

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One of the greatest challenges community leaders face is engaging a diverse constituency without being sidetracked by the difficulties that diversity can present. This text describes how to engage the whole community, so that everyone is working towards a common goal of social change.
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Book details

List price: $36.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/22/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 8.52" wide x 10.98" long x 0.58" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

The Authors
About NCBI
Building Environments to Welcome Diversity
Guilt is the glue that holds prejudice in place
Welcoming diversity means every person counts and every issue counts
Treating everyone the same may be unintentionally oppressive
Meetings go better when everyone is included
Recognize and work with the diversity already present in what appear to be homogeneous groups
People can take on tough issues more readily when the issues are presented in a spirit of hope
Building a team around us is the most powerful way to bring about institutional change
Principles in Action: Durham, North Carolina
Healing Ourselves to Change the World
We all carry records about other groups that prevent us from building effective alliances
Effective anti-racism leadership in the present means healing scars from the past
When we respond to a present situation with intense emotion, we are usually acting out of a past unhealed difficulty
Underneath every oppressive comment lies some form of injury
People who feel good about themselves do not mistreat others
When witnessing oppressive behavior, having a chance to vent leads to clearer thinking about what is useful to do next
Diversity leadership requires reclaiming courage
Being an ally to another group requires us to heal the negative messages we have internalized about our own group
Healing discouragement leads to more effective activism
Principles in Action: Allentown, Pennsylvania
Becoming Effective Allies
Human beings want to be allies with one another
One-on-one relationship building is at the heart of effective intergroup coalitions
Risk taking and mistake making are essential for building close relationships across group lines
We can choose our attitude toward what we hear
We don't change people's minds; we change their hearts with personal stories of discrimination
Listening is not the same as agreeing
If you wish to move a conflict forward, there is no room for two hurts at the same time
You can develop sound policies on controversial issues when you understand the heartfelt concerns on all sides
Reach for the higher ground
Building relationships with people who belong to groups that have traditionally mistreated our people is a powerful way to break the cycle of mistrust
Principles in Action: Birmingham, Alabama
Empowering Leaders to Lead
Effective leadership requires individual initiative
Effective leadership for diversity requires having the integrity to take principled stands
Leaders deserve to be cherished and supported
Attacks on leaders are a form of oppressive behavior
Leaders change more readily through generosity from others than through criticism
A trusted leader admits and corrects mistakes
Principles in Action: Washington, District of Columbia
Assessment Worksheet for Moving from Healing into Action