The Center for Innovation and Resources, Inc. (CIR), has received funding through the Victim Service Training Program of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) for The Serving California’s Diversity Training Project (DIVERSITY) which focuses on responding to the needs of three specific populations:
- Immigrant Populations
- People of Color (POC)
- People with Limited English Proficiency (LEP)
The DIVERSITY Project provides training and technical assistance to victim service providers throughout California in order to increase their ability to effectively serve underserved victims in the three identified population groups.
DIVERSITY trainings cover both basic and advanced topics related to the three populations with the overarching theme of implicit bias: how it creates barriers to serving victims and how to overcome them. Trainings are designed to build upon each other; allowing participants to receive 20 hours of comprehensive training on cultural diversity.
One-Day Statewide Training
A full-day training in which subject matter experts will present on each focus area, including research, practices and strategies. To encourage the implementation of strategies, participants will work in small groups to create “first steps” for new ideas.
Skill Building Training
Following the Statewide Training, six one-day training events will take place across California. Each of the advanced trainings will cover one of the three focus areas, ensuring each focus area will be presented twice in two locations across the state.
Throughout 2019, one-day training events will take place in each of these seven regions of California:
- North Coast
- North East
- Greater Bay Area
- Central Coast
- Far Southern
The regional events will include content from subject matter experts in addition to panel discussions with representatives from local agencies to present “best practices” and services available for the region. Facilitated networking and group brainstorming will take place throughout the day to promote collaboration among professionals.
One live webinar will be 60 minutes in length, consisting of lecture, live polling, quizzes, interactive discussions, video clips and question and answer time. The webinar will be recorded and available online to victim service providers.