Friends of the Banks Library to host discussion about inclusive communities on May 17

Banks – The Friends of the Banks Library will host “Beyond Invitation: How Do We Create Inclusive Communities?” on May 17 at 7 p.m. The event, sponsored by the Oregon Humanities as part of their statewide Conversation Project, will feature a conversation with Rachel Bernstein, partnership and training manager at Oregon Humanities. 

According to a press release from Susan Cackler, Library Supervisor and Programs Coordinator at the Banks Public Library, the event is designed to engage community members in thought-provoking conversations about critical ideas that impact the state’s future and the lives of local community members.

“More and more organizations and communities are working toward being “inclusive.” But what does that entail?” reads the statement from the press release. “Having a statement at the end of a job announcement to encourage communities of color, queer people, and women to apply can be a start, but how do policies, environment, and culture support this invitation? How do they fail to support it? How do we know if a space is inclusive and accessible for all?”

Bernstein has spent the last ten years working in the political and nonprofit sectors, focusing on “civic capacity and engagement of coalitions, organizations, groups, and individuals,” according to the press release. 

The event is located at the Banks Public Library, 42461 Market St, Banks, OR 97106.

According to their website, Oregon Humanities connects Oregonians to ideas that change lives and transform communities.
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Oregon Humanities is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and is one of five statewide partners of the Oregon Cultural Trust

Sources and more information: 

Press release provided by Susan Cackler, Library Supervisor and Programs Coordinator at the Banks Public Library.
Oregon Humanities website