Board Training Series: Inclusion and Diversity

August 18, 2021 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Minnesota Nonprofits

Common Good VT is pleased to partner with Minnesota Council of Nonprofits to make the following training available to Vermont nonprofits at a discounted rate (Code NCN):

Fee: $45 for MCN members / $65 for nonmembers

Is building an inclusive and welcoming board culture a priority for your organization? While very important, even well-intended efforts to do so can be insensitive and harmful. It matters how your organization recruits board members, and recruiting efforts must be done thoughtfully to create a culture that values every perspective. How do you diversify board membership? How do you set up an environment that welcomes and encourages diverse perspectives? How do you name the privilege that is in inherently in the room to ensure privileged voices sit back?

Event Details

This workshop is one session of a four-part board training series. The other sessions are Legal Duties on July 7, Nonprofit Finance on July 21, and Models of Governance on August 4 from 3:30 – 5 p.m. central each day. Use the registration button at the top this page to register only for the Inclusion and Diversity workshop. Use the following link to register for the full series for $115 for members and $165 for nonmembers: Register for the full series.

Special discount for this series: This workshop series is great for groups of board members and executive staff to attend together. Register more and save! As a special offer for this series only, buy three series registrations at the regular price and receive a fourth series registration for free. Instructions for group registrations are available on our Event and Registration FAQ page.

Please note that this special discounted rate is only for registrations to the full four-part series and does not apply to registration to individual workshops in the series.

MCN strives to support the learning and growth of the next generation of nonprofit leaders through relevant skill- and vision-building programs that center equity and justice and address historical barriers to participating and leading in the nonprofit sector. In this context, we are offering a limited number of sponsored, free registrations to individuals who have never or are not currently serving on a board of directors. BIPOC and historically underrepresented individuals are encouraged to submit a request. Free registrations will be on a first come, first served basis. Please email Dr. Bradley Wolfe at to submit your request to attend the series for free.

This event will have AI captions via Zoom’s transcription function. Please note that these captions are automatically generated by the computer software and may not always accurately transcribe what is said. If you need professional captioning, or have another accessibility accommodation, please email MCN’s program assistant with your request at least two weeks prior to the start of the event. Although we will attempt to meet all accessibility requests, late request may not be fulfilled.

Speaker Information

BHayesThe most important thing about Bukata Hayes is that he is the son of Dia Damani and Karen Hayes, husband to Lisa and father to Damani, Jalen, Zavier, and Zuri. In addition to this, he has served as the Executive Director of the Greater Mankato Diversity Council, a non-profit, focused on diversity, inclusion and equity in Southern Minnesota since September, 2006. In March 2020, he co-authored a book titled, WRITE on RACE to be RIGHT on RACE Resource Journaling Guide which is a self-study on race highlighting its many impacts on our communities. He also co-hosts a local radio show and podcast called DEI: Engaged Exchanges which discusses issues with diversity, equity and inclusion with local and statewide leaders. Bukata received his Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Physiology from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota. He has membership and/or is on the board of numerous organizations such as the Mankato Chapter of the NAACP (Executive Committee), Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Board (President), Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation Board (Vice President) and the Blandin Foundation Board.