ARISE Coalition, United Way of Adams County offering workshop series to enhance minority representation

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QUINCY — The Quincy ARISE Coalition, in collaboration with the United Way of Adams County, is offering a workshop series in January and February. This initiative aims to equip participants with invaluable tools and information essential for enhancing minority representation on community boards and fostering board member opportunities for individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Quincy ARISE presents the Conscious Inclusion workshop series at the United Way of Adams County office on Jan. 23, Feb. 6, and Feb. 27. Lunch is included. There is no cost to attend, but reservations are required. Virtual sessions will be offered on Jan. 24, Feb. 7 and Feb. 28. The upcoming workshops will be facilitated by Latonya Brock, creating a safe and non-judgmental environment for learning.

The initial session dispels the notion that only “bad people” harbor biases. Participants will explore the science of bias formation and its impact through interactive exercises and thought-provoking discussions. Subsequent sessions will offer guidance and tools focused on identifying and recruiting minority representation for community boards.

Local organizations understand the critical importance of diversity. Community boards of directors must include a wide range of perspectives, race, skills, ages, genders, cultures and ethnicities. Every person brings unique ideas, thoughts, solutions and strategies, resulting in broader and more effective decision-making.

Founded in 2022, the Quincy ARISE (Activating Relationships in Illinois for Systemic Equity) Coalition is committed to advancing health equity in the community. ARISE unites various community organizations with a shared interest in understanding and improving health inequities. This involves a comprehensive examination of the underlying community conditions and root causes of such disparities. The coalition includes and was established by Quincy Medical Group, Bella Ease, Adams County Health Department and the YWCA of Quincy.

In a press release, Natalie Cornwell, director of Community Impact and Investment, said, “It makes sense for United Way of Adams County to collaborate with ARISE on this educational series. It honors everything about our mission: To inspire, unite and empower the people of Adams County to reach their full, human potential.”

For further information, contact United Way of Adams County at 217-222-5020.

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