A Local Resource To Area Businesses
"The Perspective" is a monthly publication of the Chamber's Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Task Force, comprised of approximately 30 representatives with a passion for sharing information and learning best practices about diversity, inclusion and minority business development to improve our workforce.
Goal Statement from the Chamber Business Plan:
Task Force Chair: Wesley Escondo, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Wisconsin
Staff Liaison: Kaylynn Stahlbusch, Workforce and Program Director
Diversity Equity & Inclusion in the Workforce Survey
The Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Taskforce is measuring the current business climate for DEI in the area. We’d like to know what you are thinking and doing in an effort to identify regional best practices and areas of need. Your response is very valuable, even if you don’t have formal policies regarding DEI. Your answers will help to determine priorities in serving Chamber investors in this topic area. Responses are needed by Thursday, February 18, 2021.
Definition of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI):
Diversity in the workforce means respecting and appreciating differences in, for example, race, culture, ethnicity, nationality, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, people with a disability, religion, veteran status, class, and education. Equity is the quality to be fair and impartial. Inclusion is about focusing on the needs of every individual and ensuring the right conditions are in place for each person to achieve his/her/them full potential.
-- Your Chamber Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Taskforce
The Chamber shares testimony with Task Force on Racial Disparities
On January 25, UW-Eau Claire hosted the Education and Economic Development Subcommittee of the Wisconsin Speaker’s Task Force on Racial Disparities, with COVID-19 mitigation protocols in place for all campus visitors. While WisEye.org—the state public affairs network—was not able to attend and broadcast the hearing, UW-Eau Claire’s Event Production Crew and Learning & Technology Services teams were able to record and edit a hearing video for WisEye to rebroadcast.
The full subcommittee hearing video is now available on WisEye.org. Note: You may be asked to create a free account in order to view this recording.
The subcommittee heard testimony from Wesley Escondo, the Chamber’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Chair, and Kaylynn Stahlbusch the Vice President of Workforce Initiatives. Testimony included an evolution of the Chamber’s Taskforce which started in 2017. Chair Escondo took time to detail the Taskforce structure, initiatives and upcoming plans for the subcommittee to learn and share best practices in the Chippewa Valley.
A complete list of participating organizations were:
Equity, Diversity, AND Inclusion Coordinator
Are you looking for an exciting opportunity to serve the community and drive change in two governmental organizations? Join us! We are currently accepting applications for an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Coordinator! This is a newly funded City position, but is shared 50% of the time with Eau Claire County performing similar services. This position is responsible for: developing, overseeing, and implementing a comprehensive equity, diversity, and inclusion plan that aligns with the City and County strategic objectives and goals; developing and implementing diversity initiatives and strategies to attract, hire, and maintain a diverse workplace; promoting a welcoming, inclusive, and diverse community; adding value to other factors that ensure our organizations are an Employer of Choice, and more!
The ideal candidate must have: a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources or related field; a minimum of five years of Human Resources or related experience; a minimum of five years of professional work experience in workplace diversity, equity, inclusion, and culture; have the ability to manage and build relationships with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures, internally and externally; have strong analytical skills and the ability to translate metrics, research, and trends into strategy; excellent written and verbal communication, presentation, project management, and organizational skills; and knowledge of EEOC, Affirmative Action and Compliance. A Master’s Degree and SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP is preferred.
The city of Eau Claire (pop. 68,000), is a university community in west central Wisconsin, located about 90 miles east of the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area. The City operates under the Council-Manager form of government. Although our community economy was once dominated by the lumber trade, Eau Claire is now a regional center for education, medical services, business, and cultural/musical events.
Salary range is $75,135.22 to $87,513.09 annually, plus excellent fringe benefits. Application Deadline: Open until filled, with the first review of applications on March 1, 2021. Online application, position profile, and full job description available at www.eauclairewi.gov/jobs. Equal Opportunity Employer.
Kelly Leadership Group: "I care, just not as much as you..."
Critical Thinking Exercise: It takes two Generations to forget and three to not care. Explicit to Black History Month, asking 'what has your experience been' will result in a much different answer to an inquiry rooted in 'my understanding of'. We are so focused on our own sense of ownership, guilt, and accountability that we ignore the obvious. Just because YOU are not responsible for something does not mean everyone in your space can say the same.
21 Week Equity Challenge - United Way
The 21 Week Equity Challenge is an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of how inequity and racism affect our lives and communities.
Chippewa Valley Equality Initiative
Our mission is to connect resources and organizations in the Chippewa Valley that support the cause of equality for all. To provide resources that are easy to find for the community to get involved, or to seek assistance.
Joining Our Neighbors Advancing Hope
Joining Our Neighbors Advancing Hope is a non-partisan organization using grassroots organizing to bring people in the Chippewa Valley together around social injustice and inequity to empower them to build a more just and healthy community for all.
Uniting Bridges combines the forces of many local organizations advocating on behalf of under-represented groups in the Chippewa Valley.
UW-Eau Claire to celebrate Black History Month throughout February
Black/Multicultural Hair and Skin-Care Drive
Office of Multicultural Affairs, Centennial Hall 1108, 7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m.The Black Student Alliance and the African Student Association will conduct a monthlong donation drive to collect black/multicultural hair and skin products. Meeting the culturally specific hair and skin needs for adopted or foster youth in the area is important and these items will help families and caregivers to access necessary products and resources. Only new and unopened products can be accepted.
Black Organization Showcase
Feb. 7, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Centennial Hall 1931 The Office of Multicultural Affairs invites you to the Black Organization Showcase, a program highlighting UW-Eau Claire's black student-serving organizations. Come out to learn about exciting programs the groups are planning, as well as ways to get involved.
Black History Month Trivia
Feb. 10, 7 p.m.
Centennial Hall 1931 Come by to test your knowledge of achievements and historic moments in black history, culture and traditions.
Feb. 11, noon-3 p.m.
Centennial Hall 1931This afternoon of free haircuts and important conversation over societal issues, politics, values and life morals will rejuvenate and empower. Sponsored by the Division of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Student Affairs and of the Office of Multicultural Affairs.
Blugold Dialogue: Conversation Around Race in Predominantly White Institutions
Feb. 13, 4 p.m.
Centennial Hall 1704This dialogue aims to unpack how institutional conversations and inaction within predominantly white institutions of higher education perpetuate the actual silence of racial dialogues they purport to advance. This discussion is intended to move institutional actors from notions of tacit verbalism to stentorian motives of praxis.
Film: 'Black Girl in Suburbia'
Feb. 17, 6 p.m.
Woodland Theater, Davies Center This documentary film examines the experiences of black girls growing up in predominantly white communities. For many black girls raised in the suburbs, the experiences of going to school, playing on the playground and living day-to-day life can be uniquely alienating. “Black Girl in Suburbia” looks at the suburbs of America from the perspective of women of color. Director Melissa Lowery is a mother of two young girls in the Portland, Oregon, area, and currently serves as the director for diversity and inclusion at Jesuit High School in Portland.
Harambee (Black History Month Celebration)
Feb. 20, 5 p.m.
Ojibwe Ballroom, Davies Center Join us for a dynamic program to celebrate Black History Month, which will include musical performances and recognition of special contributions and accomplishments of students, faculty and staff. Dinner and event program sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the African Student Association and the Black Student Alliance.
All Black Everything (Wear all black in solidarity with the Black Student Alliance)
Leaders Igniting Transformation: the Future is Young, Black, Brown and Lit
Feb. 24, 7 p.m.
Centennial Hall 1931 Join us to learn about black history within the UW System and the power of black thought leaders in the state.
Special Forum Event: Ibram X. Kendi: 'How to be an Antiracist'
Feb. 27, 7:30 p.m.
Schofield AuditoriumKendi is one of America’s foremost historians and leading antiracist voices. His deeply personal and empowering lecture, "How to Be an Antiracist," aims to help audiences actively trying to understand racism in new ways, with open minds and from new perspectives. Kendi offers concrete ways for individuals and institutions to create an antiracist community. Tickets available online and at the Service Center. View related story.
The official sponsors of UW-Eau Claire's Black History Month are the Division for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Student Affairs, the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Black Student Alliance.
Noir Histoir | Celebrating Black History 366 Days a Year
Get inspired. Get motivated. Get stories of Black history made and in the making. Noire Histoir features Black history facts, literature, and motivational stories from across the Black diaspora. Join Natasha McEachron as she celebrates Black pride, excellence, and power all 366 days of the year.
The Nod tells the stories of Black life that don't get told anywhere else, from an explanation of how purple drink became associated with Black culture to the story of how an interracial drag troupe traveled the nation in the 1940s. We celebrate the genius, the innovation, and the resilience that is so particular to being Black in America, and around the world.
Everyday Black History | Afro Appreciation
Welcome to Everyday Black History, where they highlight the contributions of Black Men and Women both Past and present. The podcast is all about Black History and featuring how people of the African Diaspora that has changed their way of life. Institutions that were created for the benefit of people of the African Diaspora are honored as well. Tune in more updates on the African Diaspora.
Black History Buff
Each episode of the 'Black History Buff' Podcast will take you on a thrilling journey through a chapter of Black History. Covering the full historical tapestry of the African Diaspora, you'll hear tales covering everything from African Samurai's to pistol-wielding poets. So take a seat, kick back relax and enjoy the show.
Eau Claire Chamber
The Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce has more than 1,200 members.