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Cultural Proficiency Training


BVRC Sponsoring Cultural Proficiency Training on June 12

The Burlington Volunteer Reserve Corps (BVRC) is pleased to invite the public to a “Introduction to Cultural Proficiency” training on June 12 from 6 – 9:30 pm at the Town Hall Annex Basement Meeting Room, 25 Center Street, Burlington.  The training is made available through a grant from the Community Health Network Area (CHNA) 15 and will be an interactive workshop where participants will build a shared language for talking about racial, ethnic and cultural differences; explore a framework for understanding cultural diversity as a valuable community asset; and identify ways to be inclusive and respectful of all cultures in the context of changing communities. Participants should come prepared to engage with peers, and build new knowledge and skills.

The training will be conducted by Susan Naimark, an independent consultant and trainer who integrates many years of experience in nonprofit community development, grassroots leadership development, public education and racial justice education. Her work focuses on capacity building for community-based organizations, nonprofits, schools, and public agencies in the areas of cultural proficiency, community building and racial equity. She has served in leadership roles in a number of local and national nonprofit community development organizations. Susan served 8 years on the Boston School Committee, and is the author of The Education of a White Parent: Wrestling with Race and Opportunity in the Boston Public Schools (Levellers Press, 2012). She is a part-time faculty at the UMass/Boston School of Education, an affiliate trainer with Teachers21 and Interaction Institute for Social Change, and serves as co-chair of the board of directors of Community Change, Inc., a Boston-based racial justice education and organizing group.

If you are interested in attending this free workshop, please RSVP to the Board of Health at 781-270-1955 or email boh@burlington.org.