DEI Strategic Networking and Planning Circle (Fall ’21) #5

Fall ’21 Dates:

  • Session #1: October, 2021
  • Session #2: November, 2021
  • Session #3: December, 2021
  • Session #4: January, 2022
  • Session #5: February, 2022

*Dates are subject to change to reflect the participants’ availability.

Location: Virtual

About the Strategic Planning Circle

Caravanserai Project’s Strategic Planning Circle is designed following the “Kitchen Cabinet” model to create a safe, trusted, and supporting environment where mission-driven leaders have the opportunity to share ideas, consult with peers, and connect with experts. The Circle brings together a group of up to 10 organizational leaders from various sectors for five 2-hour meetings, and facilitates structured conversations on topics like financial planning, fundraising, donor engagement and implementation of strategies. The Caravanserai Project team and our network of experts bring their deep expertise, resources and facilitation skills to the Strategic Planning Circles. Each Circle is customized to individual and group profiles and needs, while the speakers and presentations are curated for each specific group.

The Circle is designed as a training program, interactive conversations and networking opportunities customized to reflect the interests and needs of each participant. Following each session, the participants will commit to a series of assignments (develop and implement policies, practical steps etc.) related to their organization on which they will report to the group during the next meeting. 


Mission-driven organizations, in particular nonprofits, are expected to be at the forefront of adopting DEI best practices. Yet, in many cases, only very few have the knowledge, experience, expertise, and resources to created and foster diversity, equity and inclusion within their cultures. The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Networking and Strategic Planning Circle provides practical and customized solutions to some of the challenges faced by mission-driven organizations as they diagnose, design, develop, and implement internal and external DEI policies and best practices. Moreover, it aims to connect and build a network of DEI leaders in the Inland Empire region who will support each other moving forward but also act as a trusted resource and go-to experts on this topic in the region. 

The program offers a comprehensive perspective on the latest approaches to DEI

Diversity – focus on differences such as race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, nationality, socioeconomic status, language, (dis)ability, age, religious commitment, or political perspective, while prioritizing populations that have been-and remain- underrepresented and marginalized in the broader society. 

Equity – promoting justice, impartiality and fairness within the procedures, processes, and distribution of resources in relation with institutions or systems. 

Inclusion – participation in decision-making processes and access to opportunities within organizational settings for everyone.

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