Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I)

Vineyard Reads: Racial Justice

"Vineyard Reads: Racial Justice," a MVNC's book discussion group in collaboration with the West Tisbury Library,  focuses on important readings and challenging views on race and racial attitude awareness. Participants will read, discuss, reflect on three books, and conclude with a wrap-up and future action planning session. 

This book program is part of MVNC's series of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion anti-bias educational programs that aim to engage the Island community in productive conversations on racial attitude awareness, privilege, bias, institutional racism, and micro-inequities. The group is open and free to Vineyard nonprofit Boards, leaders, staff and volunteers, and interested individuals of the Island community. The programs will be held November 2020 - February 2021 on Zoom. The Zoom login will be sent to you upon your RSVP.


Waking Up White

Author: Debby Irving

Book Discussion : Thursday, November 5th at 12 pm

Special event with the Author: "I'm a Good Person, Isn't That Enough?" 

Thursday, October 28th at 12 pm


Debby Irving sensed inexplicable racial tensions in her personal and professional relationships. As a teacher, she found wondering what she was missing. Then, in 2009, one "aha!" moment launched an adventure of discovery and insight that drastically shifted her worldview and upended her life plan. In Waking Up White, Irving tells her often cringe-worthy story with such openness that readers will turn every page rooting for her-and ultimately for all of us.



This Land Is Their Land: The Wampanoag Indians, Plymouth Colony, and the Troubled History of Thanksgiving

Author: David Silverman

Book Discussion: Thursday, December 3rd at 12 pm

This Land Is Their Land: The Wampanoag Indians, Plymouth Colony, and the Troubled History of Thanksgiving, author David J. Silverman. 
This unsettling history reveals why some modern Native people hold a Day of Mourning on Thanksgiving. This holiday celebrates a myth of colonialism and white proprietorship of the United States. This Land is Their Land shows that it is time to rethink how we, as a pluralistic nation, tell the history of Thanksgiving.


January 2021

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents

Author:  Isabel Wilkerson

Book Discussion: Thursday, January 7th at 12 pm

There was a time when ignorance was forgivable. But that time has passed, and hurt people hurt people. Now is the time for healing. And the healing begins with introspection and recognizing our own caste, our own biases, and our own discrimination. This short book peels back the veil and provides a brief glimpse into the history of seven virulent and persistent human biases.



Cultural Equity Learning Community

CELC is open to arts and culture sector leaders committed to building racial equity and justice in the arts. If you are a white arts leader, and/or you work in a predominately white institution, CELC invites you to take the go-at-your-own-pace Learning Course with 2 units and complimentary wrap-around learning support.

Learn more / Register here

Beyond the Board Statement: How Can Boards Join the Movement for Racial Justice? (Part One)

In this webinar session, nationally recognized governance, strategy, and equity consultants Vernetta Walker and Robin Stacia have an in-depth set conversation about how boards of directors can and should join the movement for racial justice.

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Massachusetts Nonprofit Network

Information and tools for how nonprofit leaders and the community can do work at the DE&I level. 

Aysha Upchurch "Moves Toward Equity"

Published September of 2019, ACI released a research report on the cultural equity gap entitled "Moves Toward Equity: Perspectives of Arts Leaders of Color". Choreographed in response to this research, Aysha presents here a stunning artistic interpretation and engagement with the findings of the report.

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This talk with Debby Irving, a racial justice educator and writer, is designed to be a 101 for white people about what white privilege and institutional racism are and how they manifest. 

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