We have a lot of work to do to realize our potential as a truly diverse and inclusive community. Kendall leaders are committed to making progress. At the KSA, we believe that the conditions for systemic and institutional change occur when
- individuals understand what it means to be anti-racist;
- teams work collaboratively and focus on anti-racist action; and
- companies prioritize anti-racism.
We aim to provide employees and companies with the space and resources necessary to enhance their DEI initiatives. In service of this, we offer our own anti-racist professional development program: Inclusion Drives Innovation.
IDI is SHRM certified and successful completion of the course carries 20 PDC points.
Inclusion Drives Innovation is designed with Kendall Square Association members in mind. The program focuses on building anti-racist organizations by providing foundational learning to individuals and guiding a team through equity-centered action planning.
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Inclusion Drives Innovation History
In 2018, KSA featured the authors of the Globe Spotlight series on race in Boston at our annual meeting. After this event, we hosted a series of community conversations about racism in Kendall. In 2019 we launched our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Learning Community. This group of 17 leaders participated in a year-long learning journey, exploring their personal identities, assessing the culture of their organizations, and becoming empowered to expedite the rate of change in their organizations and our community. From this, we launched Inclusion Drives Innovation: a professional development program that offers leaders a forum to learn about and scale up anti-racist programs and policies that have meaningful impact.
Additional DEI Resources
There are a number of organizations that support, celebrate, and hold space for traditionally disenfranchised groups. Here are links to organizations whose work we respect.