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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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USBC CRASH Committee & Transformation Teams

In August 2013, the USBC Board of Directors formed the CRASH Committee to enhance USBC governance, membership, personnel, and coalitions' ability to build structures, systems, and a culture of inclusiveness and mutual support for all peoples. The committee's name comes from the name of a cultural competency training program for medical professionals. "CRASH" is a mnemonic for the following essential components of culturally competent health care: consider Culture, show Respect, Assess/Affirm differences, show Sensitivity and Self-awareness, and do it all with Humility.

The CRASH Committee has developed a set of recommendations for the USBC in each of its four areas, and is serving as the driver of cultural change within the organization by forging national-level dialogue with an emphasis towards action on diversity, equity, and inclusion. It is working in Transformation Teams to prioritize and implement policy and structural changes in each of its four domains: governance/leadership, membership, staff/personnel, and coalitions.

Racial Equity Webinars

The United States Breastfeeding Committee hosts this series of bi-monthly webinars as part of its efforts to "create and model a culture of inclusion, diversity & equity" (USBC Strategic Framework Goal 4). With funding support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, this series will focus on building the capacity of the breastfeeding field to apply both an "equity lens" to inform and guide our external strategies and activities, but also an "equity mirror" to examine our internal structures, culture, and policies. Webinars are held every two months (in odd numbered months) on the fourth Tuesday of the month from 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET. 

Access Info

Access to these webinars is open to all in the USBC network of member and partner organizations and breastfeeding coalitions. Topic/speaker details are posted 1-2 weeks before each session on this page and in the Racial Equity Learning Community. The recordings and presentation materials from all past sessions are archived below.

Register for the webinar series

NOTE: To streamline access, these webinars are set up in GotoWebinar as a series. You only need to register for the series once, and you will then receive auto-reminders of each session with the topic/speaker details. Even though you may not be able to attend every webinar session live, the series registration will still send you auto-reminders so that you have easy updates on the topic and links to the live webinar and archives.

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Next Webinar

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 • 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET

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Previous Webinar

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 • 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET

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No Recipes, Just Relationships: Looking Inward to Create a More Just Breastfeeding Field

Presented by
Nanci E Luna Jiménez
Luna Jiménez Seminars & Associates

Often with fewer resources and greater needs, as we work toward increasing access to quality and culturally-relevant care for vulnerable populations we might be tempted to look for tips and techniques that might increase surface-level diversity or well-intentioned efforts at equity. Unfortunately using recipes, as enticing as they can be, builds greater cynicism and decreases trust among us and among communities with whom we work. During this webinar, Nanci Luna Jiménez, will elevate our conversation around access, equity and justice. She will ask us to look inward, personally and in our work, to grapple with internal barriers and biases. She will also invite us to look outward, to name and understand systemic oppressions and their impacts. She will explore the importance of listening and emotional healing, for ourselves and others; authenticity; trust; as well as context as she invites us toward a greater willingness to risk vulnerability. Join us as we build and reestablish “Just Relationships” as the basis for renewing our commitment to increase equity in the breastfeeding field!

Webinar Archives

To search the archives by keyword, speaker name, and more, visit the file library in the Racial Equity Learning Community.