In 2020, La Jolla Village Merchants Association developed a Diversity Task Force that developed strategies to build a more diverse organization. Goals were set to recruit board and committee members, volunteers and interns who represent various backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. Efforts have been made to add inclusive language and images to LJVMA’s marketing and promotions. Further, the LJVMA website has incorporated ADA accessibility tools throughout the site allowing a positive experience for all users. In addition, board members and staff are now required to attend DEI training each year as well as training focused on ethics and open meeting rules.
This year, on March 8, immediately following the monthly board meeting; the LJVMA board will participate in a very special workshop developed by the National Conflict Resolution Center, a gold standard in professional development. Thanks to the Empress Hotel for donating their beautiful Garden Patio and Piazza 1909 for donating a pasta dinner for our attendees.
There are several reasons why attending diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) training is important:
- Increased awareness: DEI training helps individuals develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of different backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives. This increased awareness can help create a more inclusive and respectful work environment.
- Improved communication: Effective communication is critical to any organization’s success. DEI training can help individuals learn to communicate more effectively across differences, reducing misunderstandings and conflicts.
- Enhanced creativity and innovation: A diverse and inclusive workplace can help promote creativity and innovation, as individuals from different backgrounds and with different experiences bring unique perspectives and ideas to the table.
- Increased employee engagement and retention: When employees feel valued and respected, they are more likely to be engaged and committed to their work. DEI training can help foster a sense of belonging and encourage employee retention.
- Legal compliance: Many organizations are required by law to provide DEI training to their employees, particularly in areas related to preventing harassment and discrimination.
Overall, attending DEI training can help organizations build a more inclusive and respectful workplace, while also promoting individual growth and development.
There are a few spaces available for members to attend our March 8 workshop. If you are interested in attending, please click HERE.