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2018 PSGA Specialized Training: Writing about Equity with Confidence & Credibility
The 2100 Building
2100 24th Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98144

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM PST
Category: Specialized Training

Writing About Equity with Confidence & Credibility 


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Members: $80
Non-members: $110
Optional boxed lunch: $10


Registration: 8:30
Program: 9 to noon
Brown bag Lunch discussion: 12 to 1


Additional Location and Parking Details: 

Limited parking is available in the 2100 Building garage and adjacent to the building itself. This parking can be accessed by an alley east of the building that runs between South Hill and South Walker Streets. 

Street parking adjacent to the building is all-day on the west side of 24th Avenue South, and on both sides of South Hill Street.

Equity is a top priority for Northwest grantmakers, but how well do you understand it? What does it mean to “look through an equity lens”?

If you are unsure how to write about equity, how to use the right terminology or how to report accurately on equity programs, start here!

This interactive training will be facilitated by consultants Chanya Allen and Lee Mozena. They’ll start with listing your burning equity questions and mapping how equity is defined differently across sectors. This part of the morning will also include regional economic data and resources to inform your work.

Join us for a candid discussion about what makes equity writing real (versus fiction) and credible from a diverse panel of funders and development professionals. Our guests will share their perspectives about criteria, their evaluation process and actual case studies representing strong versus weak narratives.

Sign up today and learn how to:

  • Define what equity, diversity, and inclusion mean to your agency or client– and why context matters.

  • Ask the right questions about equity initiatives so you can describe realistic outcomes and goals.

  • Discover tools and resources that incorporate statistics about communities of color and underserved populations.

  • Speak the same language as funders, program officers, and staff so you can understand and articulate what they’re looking for in terms of equity deliverables.

Note: This training will not focus on creating programs or where to find program funding.

Panel Guests: Alice Park from United Way of King County, Virginia Wyman of the Wyman Youth Family Trust, Rashad Morris of the Bullitt Foundation, and Olivia Littles of the Northwest African American Museum. Learn more about the facilitators and the trainers below. 

 Questions? Contact Lee at 206.368.9608 or email [email protected].


Chanya Allen is an Intercultural Trainer and Communication Consultant. Current clients include the City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, where she serves as a Community Liaison in the Leadership Development Division, CHARIS Intercultural Consulting in San Francisco, where she is an associate trainer, and Summer Institute for Intercultural Communications (SIIC) in Portland, where she serves as an International Fellow. Ms. Allen holds a BA in Communication Arts from Chulalongkorn University (Bangkok, Thailand), and an MA in Intercultural Communications from the University of Oregon. 

 Lee Mozena is a PSGA member and founder/owner of Zena Consulting, a WA OMWBE Certified firm that helps leaders develop culturally inclusive communicationShe has a Training Specialist Certificate from the University of Washington, MA in Social Science from The New School, and BA in Communications from Temple University. Ms. Mozena’s training clients have included the Washington Bar Association, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Institute of Management Consultants/USA, Tekmira Pharmaceuticals and Campfire USA/Puget Sound. 


Olivia Littles is the grantwriter for Seattle’s Northwest African American Museum. She began at the museum in 2007 as a collections volunteer before transitioning into her current role in 2009. She holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Washington, where she studied the history and role of African American museums. 

Alice Park is a Community Impact Manager for United Way of King County, assisting with planning and evaluation of United Way’s community impact agenda and racial equity goals.  She previously was Research Coordinator at Community-Campus Partnerships for Health, promoting partnerships between communities and academic institutions to conduct health-related research.  She also worked for the King County Food & Fitness Initiative and the Urban Indian Health Institute Tribal Epidemiology Center at the Seattle Indian Health Board.  Alice serves on the board of directors for Got Green and volunteers with Families of Color Seattle. 

Virginia Wyman is a trustee of the Wyman Youth Trust and noted local philanthropist.  In addition to her work on the board of her family foundation, Ms. Wyman serves on the University of Washington Press Advisory Board and Allied Arts Foundation Board and is a member emeritus of the James and Janie Washington Foundation Board.  She is a recipient of the Northwest AIDS Foundation’s Ned Behnke Leadership Award and the Pratt Fine Arts Center’s Service in the Arts Award.  Ms. Wyman was recognized in 2017 by BlackPast.org for her exceptional service on their board. 

Rashad Morris joined the Bullitt Foundation as a Program Officer in 2014 where he manages the foundation's “Energy, Climate, and Materials” and “Deep Green Buildings” programs.  Prior to joining Bullitt, he served as a Seattle City Council Legislative Assistant and as a Policy Analyst for the Washington State Senate and the nonprofit advocacy organization Washington Environmental Council. Mr. Morris has been a volunteer co-leader of Seattle's chapter of the national Environmental Professionals of Color (EPOC) network and currently sits on the boards of the Environmental Grantmakers Association, Evergreen Business Capital, and Evergreen Business Capital Foundation. 


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  • Registered participants will receive a survey ahead of time to get an indication of experience level and specific interests.

  • Please, no walk-ins.