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Making the Most of Your Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Efforts



The Roadmap for Training and Technical Assistance Efforts in Substance Use Service Administration monograph (2019) was meant to serve as a guide for instituting and practically applying the Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Standards across the areas of prevention, substance use disorder, and behavioral health.

Join our long-time trainer and subject matter expert, Harold Gates, MSSW, CISW, HS-BCP, as we revisit these efforts and learn how to move DEI beyond good intentions to make a difference in the lives of an ever-growing and diverse client population. In order to do this, we should approach the topic with the “fierce urgency of now,” to quote Dr. Martin Luther King. This webinar will start us off on a journey to do just that! We will be using Lily Zheng's DEI Deconstructed: Your No-Nonsense Guide to Doing the Work and Doing It Right as a reference resource throughout this training. 

“Instead of like a zero-sum game we all need to engage in DEI for collective learning, for collective growth. We are doing this work to get a greater understanding of how different populations experience the workplace. And to the extent that some populations are not being treated well, we're going to understand why and rectify those inequities because we really care about a workplace that's fair. That framing tends to really activate people.”

Lily Zheng-DEI Deconstructed




  • Describe the Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Standards.
  • Describe one way the CLAS Standards can help you with your DEI initiatives.
  • Share what are you trying to achieve through your DEI work
  • Learn if your organization has done a CLAS or DEI assessment and used data to measure your success or opportunities for continuous improvement
  • Describe stakeholder involvement in your DEI efforts.
  • Understand what would the work look like when it’s done effectively



Save these Dates for the DEI Learning Collaborative where will dig deeper into Lily Zheng's DEI Deconstructed: Your No-Nonsense Guide to Doing the Work and Doing It Right 

An application will be available after the September webinar.

  • Tuesday October 3 at 12-1pm Central
  • Tuesday November 7 at 12-1pm Central
  • Tuesday December 5 at 12-1pm Central
  • Tuesday January 9 at 12-1pm Central




Trainer, Harold Gates

Harold Gates, MSSW, CISW, HS-BCP, President, Midwest Center for Cultural Competence, LLC

Harold Gates is the president and co-founder of the Midwest Center for Cultural Competence, LLC, which was established in 2003. The Center provides training, education, and consultation for organizations that are seeking to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate services, with the goal of helping to create a culturally competent multicultural community.

September 12, 2023
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