Decolonizing International Development
Join Global Washington and Upaya Social Ventures for a roundtable discussion on what it means to integrate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) into your organizations’ operations and practices. Within the context of international development organizations, we discuss how DEI is considered in different cultural environments, while also doing the work in the US. Whether you are just starting to think about DEI or have been implementing DEI practices for a while, we invite you to share your thoughts and journey so we can learn from each other.
Valeriana Chikoti Bandua Estes
Valeriana was born into this world as a refugee, while her heritage hails from the Republic of Angola from the ovimbundu tribe, she is a former human rights diplomat with over 13 years experience in the movement to end violence, center refugee, immigrant and marginalized communities. As the founder of Necessary Interruptions LLC, Valeriana is a skilled strategic human rights racial equity consultant. Her leadership and insight on centering Black liberation efforts and interrupting anti-Blackness has allowed her radical equity efforts for businesses, agencies and organizations looking to operate through a radical anti-oppressive lens and build safer spaces for Black folks and communities to thrive despite the constant threat of systematic racial violence. Valeriana is a newly wed Tacoma resident and a recent green card holder after a life long journey of navigating the labyrinth of the US immigration system.
Thursday, August 12, 2021
10:00am – 11:00am PDT
11:00am – 11:30am PDT (optional breakout sessions)
August 12, 2021
10am - 11am