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Monday, June 21, 2021, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT
Category: Community Events

Local nonprofit leaders from the Council on Culture & Arts (COCA), Institute for Nonprofit Innovation and Excellence (INIE), and United Partners for Human Services (UPHS) will host a virtual symposium about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in Tallahassee and the surrounding community. The virtual event will include vivid and candid conversation about racial injustice, discrimination, and overall equality. 

Participants will register to participate in the full symposium that includes facilitator-led breakout groups, panel discussion and Q&A opportunities. The online event is free and open to the public.

Breakout 1 - Systemic Racism and the Impact on Community 

    • Taylor Biro, FL Council Against Sexual Violence

 Breakout 2 - Disparity in Funding for Organizations Led by People of Color 

    • E. Marie Sissle, SoMo Arts

 Breakout 3 - Board Diversification 

    • Kelly Otte, Oasis Center for Girls
    • Christal Cherry, Board Pro


    • Christal Cherry, Board Pro
    • Taylor Biro, FL Council Against Sexual Violence
    • Del Suggs

The keynote speaker will be Mariama Boney, President and CEO of Achieve More, LLC, a small woman and minority-owned consultancy. As a facilitator of organizational transitions, Mariama empowers individuals to move through discomfort so they can find shared purpose and create frameworks for constructive dialogue and action planning. 

As an active volunteer leader and alumnus of the ASAE Diversity Executive Leadership Program (2008-09), Mariama has served in several leadership roles for associations, non-profit, and alumni groups. She is the author of “VENT: I’m Worth It: A Journey to Refocus, Realign and Restore” and “VENT: I’m Worth It: Leadership Edition.” 

About the Non-Profit Partners: COCA, INIE, and UPHS are Tallahassee-based nonprofit organizations focused on strengthening and amplifying the sector’s voice through advocacy, education, community engagement and cross-sector collaboration. 

Keynote Theme: It’s Time Y’all: Transforming Community through DEI 

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