Diversity & Inclusion Professionals

DEI Resources

Whether you’re new to the field or an experienced DEI leader, DAIP is here to serve as a resource and sounding board as you progress in your career path.

Past DAIP Events

Educational programs are one of the ways we offer professional development opportunities to our community.

We invite you to explore recordings of recent programs below.

July 2022

Roe v. Wade Overturned:

The SCOTUS decision to overturn Roe v. Wade has led to the biggest changes to American reproductive rights in half a century, and raised countless questions. How will this decision impact us here in the Northeast? Will your insurance benefits change? Will this decision impact more than reproductive rights and coverage? Panelists Kelly Nevins (CEO, Women’s Fund of Rhode Island) and Zari Watkins (COO, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England), and moderator Patricia Holliday (SVP, HR Consultant, Human Services Management Corporation) shared resources and insights to help decipher and anticipate potential impacts.

June 2022

What comes after Roe v. Wade for the workplace? A conversation with Law Professor Brittany L. Raposa, Esq.

Weeks after the leak of a draft Supreme Court opinion overturning Roe v. Wade, protesters gathered around the country, and Americans grappled with this major blow to reproductive rights in America. Law professor and legal expert on reproductive rights Brittany Raposa joined us to talk through the potential implications. What can HR professionals expect as a result of this change? What can employees expect, both on a personal level, and on a policy and organizational level? Brittany’s historical context and expert insights provides a comprehensive primer for those looking to understand this important topic.

March 2022

Supporting Women in the Workplace: Pandemic Impacts on Gender Equity

The pandemic has disproportionately impacted women, and current trends suggest new and evolving challenges for women at work. DAIP’s panel of local community leaders discussed how you–and your workplace–can help close this gap! Panelists included Katje Afonseca (CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island), Marcela Betancur (Director, Latino Policy Institute), Kelly Nevins (CEO, Women’s Fund of Rhode Island), and Kaitlyn Rabb (Health Policy Analyst, Rhode Island Kids Count).

February 2022

Power Dynamics & Resistance to Change

This inspiring conversation featured a thought-provoking lecture from scholar and professor Marco A. McWilliams, and a conversation with Kim Barker Lee. Marco and Kim examined the historical trends of resistance to change from the civil rights era to present day, explored how this resistance persists within organizations, and offered insights on how to use this knowledge as DEI practitioners.

November 2021

DAIP’s 10th Annual Awards Luncheon

DAIP’s 2021 Annual Awards Luncheon featured keynote speaker Lexi Butler, a tech and non-profit leader, who argues that all of us must become modern-day freedom fighters. DAIP speakers considered the work ahead of us as diversity and inclusion professionals, and honored DAIP’s 2021 Leadership in Diversity and Inclusion Award winners. Nina Pande of Skills for Rhode Island's Future received an Individual Award, and Rhode Island Community Food Bank received an Organizational Award.