DEI Alliance

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DEI Alliance


The DEI Alliance is a monthly open forum meeting space (typically the third Thursday of the month) for all interested staff and interns where attendees discuss a dialogue topic (often related to the DEI Calendar or current events) and build a DEI learning community with one another.

Past and present co-chairs:

  • Anne-Marie Hong, Administration
  • Terri Spicer, Employment Services
  • Sonia Valenzuela, Family Support Services
  • YuFang Chien, Learning Links
  • Brittany Ho, Learning Links
  • Matt Gonzalez, Independent Living Skills
  • Sarah Verity, Administration
  • Vivian Galdamez, Family Support Services
  • Emaluisa Katoa, Children’s Therapy Services
  • Lauren Sullivan, Administration
  • Jake Dunbar, Independent Living Skills
  • Kirsten Jensen, Camp Via West
  • Iris Wen, Family Support Services
  • Dario Bernard, Administration
  • Keana Aguila Labra, Employment Services

Co-chairs are nominated full-time staff members responsible for supporting content creation and facilitation for each DEI Alliance meeting in partnership with the Chief Operating Officer, HR Director and DEI and Culture Manager. Co-chairs commit to serve for a 6-month term with an opportunity for renewal.

DEI Alliance sub-groups: are monthly or quarterly groups open to all staff and interns that work on niche DEI projects and deliverables. Currently there are 3 sub-groups:

  • ERG Leaders Cohort (space for all current, active ERG leaders to share ideas and discuss challenges, meets quarterly)
  • DEI Communications (responsible for facilitating internal DEI communications-related projects, like the staff newsletter, DEI Statement, DEI Charter and DEI website, meets quarterly)

Topics to share:

  • Heritage months
  • Inclusive language
  • Intentional inclusion
  • Invisible disabilities
  • Autism acceptance
  • DEI strategic plan
  • DEI crisis communications
  • Activists
  • Lunar new year
  • Pan-ethnicity
  • Teacher appreciation
  • Juneteenth
  • Belonging
  • Disability Pride Month
  • Pronouns
  • Access needs
  • Participant self-advocacy
  • Microaggressions
  • LGBTQ+
  • COVID-19
  • Self-care
  • Anti-Blackness
  • National disability employee awareness month
  • Indigeneity
  • Nutrition
  • Holiday boundaries

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