A monthly update from the Inclusive Dubuque network coordinator
I thought for sure that when it was time to write this month’s update, I’d be looking out my office window at a bleak landscape. Instead, I had to shut my shade a bit because the sun was so bright. What a difference a little sun can make on one’s spirits.
This month’s events have also been uplifting, perhaps because there was so much learning going on! Besides rolling out the summary of the Equity Profile, and then engaging participants at the Diversity Summit and Leadership Dubuque, we were also given the opportunity to share Inclusive Dubuque at the Working Families Summit.
We spent the better part of a week in Los Angeles at Policy Link’s Equity Summit 2015: All in for Inclusion, Justice, and Prosperity. Let me just say there is little more inspiring than hanging out with 3,000 individuals, many of them in their 20s, whose passion is equity and inclusion. And then after all of that inspiration, we participated in Research-Based Accountability training, which is a process that will enable us to track just how well we are moving the needle in our seven focus areas; economic wellbeing, housing, transportation, health, education, arts and culture, and safe neighborhoods.
This is not something that is done in a vacuum; only by working together, communicating with each other, and learning from each other will we make Dubuque the inclusive and equitable place we wish it to be.
We invite you to join us.