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A Joint Project From The Wenatchee Diversity Advisory Council & The Wenatchee World

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The CiVIL Project is a joint effort led by the Wenatchee Diversity Advisory Council in partnership with The Wenatchee World. Our goal is to highlight and celebrate activities and programs in our valley that are occurring under the CiVIL framework that serve to bring people together and stretch our understanding of one another and our shared values and desires for the place we call Our Valley.

Civility is about more than just politeness, although politeness is a necessary first step.

- It is about disagreeing with respect.
- Seeking common ground as a starting point for dialogue about references.
- Listening past one's preconceptions, and teaching others to do the same.

Civility is the hard work of staying present even with those with whom we have a deep-rooted and fierce disagreement.

If your organization organizes activities and/or events that support CiVIL discourse, we would like to highlight these events in our blog and on our CiVIL community calendar. Please tell us a little more about your organization and events through the survey below.

            Click below for the CiVIL Project Survey                             Click below for the CiVIL Project Calendar

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Blog 1 Rufus WoodsRufus Woods

I had an opportunity to meet with Rufus Woods to discuss the CiVIL Project, a joint effort led by the Wenatchee Diversity Advisory Council in partnership with the Wenatchee World. Having a conversation with Rufus is always exhilarating, often inspirational, never boring, and this one was no exception. Of late, he’s been very focused on a “community first” initiative that dovetails very nicely with the CiVIL Project that was initiated by the City of Wenatchee’s Diversity Advisory Council . . . read more here.

 

Blog 2 Patricia WhitfieldPat Whitfield

If there is one consistent thread that runs true in every successful organization that is built through volunteer/grassroots efforts, it is a person who ends up being the heart and soul of the organization. They have a true passion for the mission and the internal drive to ensure it succeeds and continues to grow.

For the CiVIL Project, that person is Pat Whitfield, and the Wenatchee Diversity Advisory Council hit the jackpot when this lady came on board . . . read more here.

 

Diversity Advisory Council Announces Launch of The CiVIL Project Calendar

The goal is to highlight and celebrate activities and programs in our valley that serve to bring people together and stretch our understanding of one another.

Wenatchee, WA (March 1, 2018) In late 2017, the Diversity Advisory Council in partnership with the Wenatchee World launched the CiVIL Project with the goal of highlighting and celebrating activities and programs in our valley that are occurring under the CiVIL framework which serve to bring people together and stretch our understanding of one another and our shared values and desires for the place we call Our Valley.

“We are proud to announce that one of the first goals of the CiVIL Project has been met,” reports Patricia Whitfield, CiVIL Project Chair. “Our calendar of events is online and organizations can submit their events online to be added to the calendar.”

An events calendar is the important first step toward encouraging conversations under the CiVIL Framework. “People need to know that there are events occurring right here in our community that encourage diversity and offer a welcoming attitude for people from all walks of life,” says Rufus Wood, Publisher at the Wenatchee World, “Letting people know where and when those events are happening is a great first step.”

The next step, according to Ms. Whitfield, is community outreach and education. She is looking forward to putting her experience as an educator, from elementary education to college dean, to good use providing support for developing programs that encourage CiVIL Discourse.

 

ABOUT THE DIVERSITY ADVISORY COUNCIL

The Diversity Advisory Council carries out an annual work plan of activities to meet its vision and mission, “Wenatchee is a community where diversity is welcomed, valued and celebrated. The Diversity Advisory Council advocates recognition, respect, inclusion and celebration of the greater Wenatchee area’s diverse people." The Diversity Advisory Council's annual activities include:

• Carrying out the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day event
• Providing annual Civil Rights & Social Justice Awards
• Carrying out ongoing community conversations through "Town Hall" meetings and open regular advisory meetings
• Providing annual diversity training opportunities based on community needs survey

The City’s Diversity Advisory Council meets regularly on the second Wednesday of each month at 5:00 PM at the Wenatchee City Hall Council Chambers. The Chair of the Diversity Advisory Council is Carrie Gavin. The City contact for the Council is Allison Williams, (509) 888-3616 or awilliams@wenatcheewa.gov.