Dec. 9 from 10-11 a.m. CT
As organizations work to fully embed equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in their values, goals, and culture, it is vital to create safe spaces for staff to learn, share, challenge ideas, and respectfully engage others—a process that also helps staff advance their own personal and professional EDI journeys.
An important strategy for advancing EDI is creating psychological safety for staff, but the concept can be challenging for organizations to embrace for different reasons, such as individuals being in different phases of their personal EDI journeys or that there is misunderstanding about what psychological safety is and what it isn’t. While it is a state of feeling supported and accepted and a place where mistakes are treated as opportunities to learn, it isn’t free of accountability or discomfort. This interactive session will outline the benefits of a psychologically safe organization and will offer specific strategies that can be used to address common challenges and create an internal culture of psychological safety that fosters EDI growth.
What You'll Take Away
- Define psychological safety in relation to the EDI journey
- How organizations can create and support a psychologically safe environment
- What active practices agencies can implement to promote psychological safety
- Why psychological safety is difficult in action yet necessary on the EDI journey
Who Should Join
- Organization staff
- Public policy staff
- Community advocates
Senior Program Manager
Romero Davis brings more than 20 years of experience in the social sector to his work at the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities-Council on Accreditation (Alliance-COA), where he serves as the senior program manager at Alliance-COA. He is recognized as a bold leader in his community and has had the opportunity to speak nationally in areas such as juvenile justice, youth violence and trauma, polyvictimization, domestic/family violence, and sexual assault and human trafficking.
Prior to his current position at Alliance-COA, Davis taught high school youth in need of mentorship and college and career readiness opportunities at Pacific University. Davis also served as program director of family violence intervention for the San Joaquin, Contra Costa, and Stanislaus counties in Northern California. There, he served adult and youth victims of family violence along with ones that caused harm. Davis also created a youth and adult development program that focuses on building skills and teaching core concepts such as service, health, aptitude, resolution, purpose, and excellence. In addition, Davis served as program manager of Sow A Seed Community Foundation within the San Joaquin County School District for over six years. In this role, he coordinated opportunities in lieu of suspension and expulsion for at-risk youth. He also facilitated groups and trainings and provided case management and access to mental health services for youth and young adults most at-risk for trauma, violence, and poor outcomes.
Davis has used his unique lens, including professional work and lived experience, to share with educators, law enforcement, probations and corrections, students, and agencies throughout the U.S.