Our Strategic Initiative
NAPO-NNJ is committed to fostering a culture that supports true diversity, equity and inclusion amongst our members and clients. This will be implemented through the use of education, raising awareness, and translating learning into actions that reflect our anti-discrimination policy.
Our Anti-Discrimination Policy
NAPO-NNJ is committed to individual and organizational efforts to build respect, fairness and equality; and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, ethnicity, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.
Our Start - Our Why
The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force of the NAPO-NNJ chapter was formed in September 2020 to proactively carry out our strategic initiative by preparing and supporting PO’s & BP’s ability to positively engage with colleagues and clients of diverse cultures and lifestyles, confidently and competently.
We believe the more we can interact with curiosity, understanding, knowledge, respect, and insight into our own assumptions and/or biases, the greater the opportunity to authentically forge connections and find commonalities.
Through focused programming we seek to support members' ability to engage in conversations on topics such as unconscious bias, different life experiences and perspectives of diverse clients and colleagues. We also seek to educate on different ways of expressing one’s race, culture, lifestyle, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, etc.
As a result, we achieve connections that include an understanding of individuals as a whole, build solidarity amongst our membership, as well as increase our ability to genuinely serve our clients.
The Task Force Members
Diane Thomson - Chair
The Task Force updated NAPO-NNJ’s Policies & Procedures to incorporate DEI awareness and actions in ongoing Board and Chapter operations.
Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Awareness, Learning - I.D.E.A.L. Conversation Virtual Meet ups:
Survey responses to the I.D.E.A.L. Conversations Meetups:
“It's inspiring to hear people share their personal experiences. We don't know what we don't know...and connecting deeply with people from different backgrounds is a powerful way to expand our awareness.”
“It was such a warm, friendly, inclusive environment to have an open, honest, and frank discussion about where we are, where we're coming from, and where we want to go.”
“It has been a gift to have these conversations with colleagues who are willing to share their understanding or experiences with such respect and care. Helps us all move through this period of change.”
Chapter Meeting Programming
May 2021 - What to Do When Diversity Is in the Room, presented by the DEI Task Force.
Four client situations were presented for members to discuss in break out rooms. Members explored their perceptions and assumptions in an effort to raise awareness of unconscious bias and presence of systemic racism in each of the scenarios.
New Jersey Area Resources
NJ Chambers of Commerce Representing Diverse Communities: An opportunity to connect with members of different communities