NAPO National's "We Believe" Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Click  NAPO Point: Diversity Initiative Resources  to view the NAPO National statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion,

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in ACTION at NAPO NNJ

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 

Deirdre Smith 

Jessica Kennedy  

Debbie Royal 

Gayle Gruenberg  

Lawrence Cardenas 

Administrative Changes 

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: 

  • November 13, 2020 - An I.D.E.A.L. Conversation 
  • December 15, 2020 - Language: Accessing our Curiosity & Courage to  Learn What We Don’t Know 
    • Utilizing a discussion on NAPO-POINT about the term “master bedroom”,  we focused on the use of language and popular idioms that have origins in  racism or oppression of non-white groups. 

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.

NAPO Resources 

New Jersey Area Resources

  • Montclair Art Museum, Tenacity & Resilience: The Art of Jerry Pinkney, February  6 - June 26, 2022, resilience-art-jerry-pinkney 
  • Anti-Semitism And The Holocaust: holocaust/ 
  • Harriet Tubman Museum, Cape May, NJ 
  • Monmouth County Historical Association, Marlpit Hall, Exhibit: Beneath the  Floorboard, an interpretation of enslaved people in a colonial era home

 NJ Chambers of Commerce Representing Diverse Communities: An opportunity to connect with members of different communities

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