Project Stone Catcher provides opportunities for nonprofit leaders to develop the skills and understanding necessary to lead nonprofit organizations in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion and to advance social justice issues for the broader community. In alignment with our mission, Project Stone Catcher aims to build a community of stone catchers who trust each other, offer support to one another and provide safe space for exploration and discussion of issues that have historically been difficult to discuss. The name of this effort is inspired by Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative. Stevenson calls upon those with power and privilege to catch stones – to stand between those who “cast stones” and those who are daily injured by a politics of hate and violence. Thus, to be anti-racist, to be an accomplice in advancing social justice, requires one to be a stone catcher.
THE EQUITY JOURNEY
Fieldstone Leadership Network San Diego has joined forces with the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance to bring you The Equity Journey, a three-part series of online learning opportunities focused on equity, inclusion, and diversity.
The Equity Journey courses are comprised of three self-guided modules. You will have three weeks to complete each module. At the end of each month, you will participate in a 90-minute small group discussion before advancing to the next module. This enhanced program feature is unique to the Fieldstone offering. Past participants have been enthusiastic about the impact of the group discussions, reporting that they help them feel connected to other leaders and to the material as they navigate this Journey. An e-certificate will be awarded to you upon completion of the online course and participation in the three online group discussions.
These courses work well for individuals, boards, leadership teams or organizations. They are a cost effective and impactful way to train employees and leaders in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion and to create a shared vernacular as a starting point to begin organizational efforts and discussions to address change in your agency. The first two courses in the series, The Equity Journey and The Equity Journey 2.0 – Equity and Nonprofit Organization Success are being offered in spring 2021. The second course, The Equity Journey 2.0 – Equity and Nonprofit Organization Success will be offered again in fall 2021. The third course in the series will be offered in 2022.
Registration for The Equity Journey 2.0 in fall 2021 is limited! Those interested are encouraged to register early to secure their place in this popular learning opportunity. If you are interested in future offerings in the Equity Journey series, please add your name to The Equity Journey Interest List.
The Equity Journey 2.0
September 1, 2021 – December 16, 2021
Discussion Dates (on Zoom):
Group A: Sept 22, Oct 20, Nov 17 from 9:00-10:30am
Group B: Sept 22, Oct 20, Nov 17 from 1:00-2:30pm
Group C: Sept 23, Oct 21, Nov 18 from 9:00-10:30am
Group D: Sept 23, Oct 21, Nov 18 from 1:00-2:30pm
Cost for the 4-month program is $100
Registration Closes August 27, 2021
Save the Date!
Searching for the Heart of Social Justice in Hallowed and Sacred Spaces
Sept 21 – 24, 2022
Montgomery and Selma, Alabama
The Catcher Stone
Our “CATCHER” stone serves as a reminder of one’s commitment to catching stones, especially during hard times, and to help one identify others who are also working in solidarity as Stone Catchers. Leaders are encouraged to put their stone where they and others can see it — this way, it might generate curiosity from others and provide stone catchers the opportunity to share the story of the stone and invite others to join our work for social justice.
“CATCHER” joins a collection of stones crafted by FLNSD to encourage nonprofit leaders as they work. Other stones include the words LEAD, COURAGE and GRATITUDE.
FLNSD often uses the symbol of the cairn to illustrate the work of leaders. Cairns are the rock formations found all over the world and used by travelers to mark a path, help one find their way and encourage one to keep going on their journey. With these stones, FLNSD provides gentle reminders of encouragement to Network Members while allowing them to build personal cairns to mark the way for those they lead.
Join Project Stone Catcher
Add your name to our Interest List for Project Stone Catcher to receive information and updates on upcoming programs in this series.