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Governor’s Summit on Equitable Collaboration: Day 1

Location

Online

Vodcast

Overview

“Shaping a More Inclusive Commonwealth”

Two Day Program: Click here for information on Day 2, February 25

8:45 AM – 12:30 PM EST

This event is for all those who work in health, education, natural resources, and community development and whose work involves community engagement and collaboration. At the Summit, you will learn how to incorporate equitable collaboration into your work through small group discussions, resource sharing, and case studies. There will also be an opportunity to discuss ideas for specific state policies that could help advance equitable collaboration in the Commonwealth.

Goals of the Summit

  1. Introduce and showcase the six principles for equitable collaboration.
  2. Review the growth and trajectory of collaboration in Virginia and its future needs to ensure equity.
  3. Illustrate the six principles for equitable collaboration through case studies in health, education, natural resources, and community development.
  4. Enable participants to share resources around equitable collaboration approaches, tools, and resources.
  5. Enable participant discussion and input for policy needs in Virginia to advance equitable collaboration.

See full program  details at https://www.equitablecollaboration.org/

Speaker(s)

Dr. Janice Underwood, PhD

Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer, Commonwealth of Virginia

Dr. Janice Underwood, who strongly believes in servant leadership and culturally relevant reform, was appointed by Governor Ralph Northam as the Commonwealth of Virginia’s first cabinet-level chief diversity officer (CDO). This position is also the first of its kind in the nation. As the Commonwealth’s CDO, she is committed to addressing racial, ethnic, disability, gender-based, and other cultural inequities in formal and informal policies and practices in Virginia state government. As a result, Dr. Underwood is working tirelessly to build the ONE Virginia statewide Strategic Plan for Diversity and Inclusive Excellence across over 100 state agencies and with other public and private sectors. In her short tenure, she has been named one of “20 Women of Change” in 2020 by the Virginia Museum of History and Culture for the accomplishments and impact she has already had on the Commonwealth. Her goal is to make Virginia an exemplar for the nation regarding diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence.

Prior to her appointment, Dr. Underwood served as Old Dominion University’s director of diversity initiatives and as the chair of the President’s Task Force on Inclusive Excellence. She previously served as the executive director and co-principal investigator for the Old Dominion University Teacher in Residence master’s program. Dr. Underwood also served for a number of years as a national board certified teacher for students with exceptionalities in Hampton City Schools. During her time as a classroom teacher, she served for two terms on the Virginia Advisory Board for Teacher Education and Licensure (ABTEL). As a national expert in the cultural contexts of public education, change management and leadership, and professional development/training, Dr. Underwood works to make the public and private sectors more culturally relevant. In doing so, she prepares professionals from a myriad of fields to meet the demands of working in diverse environments and address difficult truths, such as the school to prison pipeline, the lack of diversity in the workforce, and systemic and institutional bias.

She earned her bachelor’s (1998) and master’s (2002) degrees from Hampton University in psychology and behavior/learning disorders, respectively. In 2015, she earned her PhD in curriculum and instruction from Old Dominion University, where her research focused on culturally relevant pedagogy. She is happily married to Min. Johnnie Underwood and together they have two daughters, Jayla and Jordan.

Ralph S. Northam

Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia

Ralph S. Northam is the 73rd governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Northam is a native of Virginia’s Eastern Shore. After graduating from VMI and getting his medical degree at Eastern Virginia Medical School, Governor Northam then travelled to San Antonio for his pediatric residency where he also met his wife, Pam. Governor Northam did his residencies at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and served as chief neurological resident at Johns Hopkins Hospital. As an Army doctor, he served in Germany, treating soldiers wounded in Operation Desert Storm.

When Governor Northam and the first lady returned home, they chose to build their life in Hampton Roads, practicing pediatric neurology at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in Norfolk and later establishing Children’s Specialty Group, his current medical practice, to provide expert pediatric care for patients. Governor Northam has previously served as both a state senator and as lieutenant governor.

Other Speakers

Ila Berman, Dean, School of Architecture, University of Virginia
Tanya Denckla Cobb, Director, UVA Institute for Engagement & Negotiation
Frank Dukes, PhD, Distinguished Institute Fellow, Institute for Engagement & Negotiation
Leanne Nurse, MA, Environmental Protection Specialist, US EPA Office of Policy
James E. Ryan, President of the University of Virginia

Agenda

Day 1: 9:00am – 12:30 p.m. EST
Wednesday, February 17

8:45 a.m. – Early Tech Start
9:00 – Welcome & High-Level Purpose

Tanya Denckla Cobb, Institute for Engagement & Negotiation
Ila Berman, Dean, School of Architecture, University of Virginia

9:25 – Welcome by Governor Ralph Northam

Introduced by James E. Ryan, President, University of Virginia

9:35 – Keynote Presentation – “One Virginia”

Dr. Janice Underwood, Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer for the Commonwealth of Virginia
Introduced by Kevin McDonald, UVA’s Vice President for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Community Partnerships

10:00 – BREAK

10:05 – Introducing Equitable Collaboration

Frank Dukes, PhD, Distinguished Institute Fellow, Institute for Engagement & Negotiation
Leanne Nurse, MA, Environmental Protection Specialist, US EPA Office of Policy

​10:50 – Equitable Collaboration in Action​

Presentations followed by Discussion (*scroll down for more)

12:00 p.m. – Next Steps for Equitable Collaboration
12:15 – Adjourn Day 1

Equitable Collaboration in Action:

We will have between 8-12 case studies presented, in separate break-out rooms, on the first morning of February 17. We will continue to update this page as more case studies are confirmed.

Health
Charlottesville Food Justice Network and Cultivate Charlottesville
Opioid Crisis – Bridge Clinic at Carilion
Education
Integrating Equity into K-12
Basic Biopsychosocial Needs for Students of Higher Education
Natural Resources
Coalition Building for Legislation on Heirs’ Property
Lower Chickahominy Watershed Collaborative
Community Development
UVA Memorial to Enslaved Laborers
Community Voice Method in Warren Co., NC Food Systems

Day 2: 9:00am – 12:30 p.m. EST
Thursday, February 25

8:45 a.m. – Early Tech Start
9:00 – Welcome & Day 1 Recap
9:10 – Trajectory of Collaboration in Virginia
9:20 – Keynote Presentation – “Going and Growing in our World of Clouds”

Dr. Mamie Parker, Dept. of Wildlife Resources Board Member & Former Head of Fisheries, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Introduced by ​Bettina Ring, Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry, Commonwealth of Virginia

9:50 – BREAK

9:55 – Policy Examples Using Equitable Collaboration Framework

Presentation by VNRLI Policy Action Workgroup on Solar Siting

10:10 – Considering ​Virginia Policy Needs for Equitable Collaboration

Participant Discussions Round 1

​11:00 – BREAK

11:10 – Considering Virginia Policy Needs for Equitable Collaboration

Participant Discussions Round 2

12:00 p.m. – Flash Highlights of Participation Outcomes

12:15 – Next Steps for Equitable Collaboration in the Commonwealth
12:30 p.m. – Adjourn

Virginia Policy Needs for Equitable Collaboration –
Participant Discussions: ​

Round One:

Breakout Room #1: (Re)Creation of Inter-Tribal Council: What Should Be Its Scope and Role?
Breakout Room #2: How Can We Improve the Equitable Functioning of Virginia’s Citizen Boards?
Breakout Room #3: How Can We Increase Equitable Engagement of Inter-Faith Communities?
Breakout Room #4: How Do We Reduce Barriers to Access to Increase Equitable Engagement?

Round Two:

Breakout Room #5: How Can We Improve Equitable Solar Facility Siting?
Breakout Room #6: How Do We Standardize Equitable Metrics for “One Virginia”?
Breakout Room #7: How Can We Improve Equitable State Grant Giving in Virginia?
Breakout Room #8: What Tools and Techniques Are People Using That Have Been Effective at Increasing
Equitable Collaboration and Engaging Underserved, Underrepresented, Under-Engaged Groups?

Program Hosts & Sponsors

The Summit is hosted by the UVA Institute for Engagement & Negotiation in partnership with Governor Ralph Northam and his administration.

Sponsors: https://www.equitablecollaboration.org/sponsors.html

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