This is a time of significant transition for IMCC. We are moving from a founder-centered organization to an organization with more inclusive leadership structures. To support this transition, we have started a sangha-wide strategic planning process, aided by an outside consultant, to assess and re-envision IMCC’s mission and aspirations and then create leadership structures that reflect that vision and mission. Diversity, equity, inclusion and justice will center and infuse this process so our organization, governance, practices, and culture reflect our Buddhist teachings and values.
Confidential Comments Form
Dear sangha member - Thank you for taking the time to provide your confidential or anonymous comments about IMCC's DEIJ/racial equity-centered strategic assessment, visioning, planning, and capacity strengthening process. It is entirely up to you whether or not you would like to provide your name and email address. I will be the only person to read your comments, and I will keep all comments completely confidential. Your comments will provide additional input to inform our DEIJ/racial equity-centered strategic assessment, visioning, planning, and capacity strengthening process.
Katherine Turner (she/elle/ella), MPH, President, Global Citizen, LLC
IMCC's DEIJ-Centered Strategic Planning Consultant
Follow up email to Sangha, November 19
Dear sangha members - We hope you are well. We are grateful to those of you who participated in our all-sangha meeting on November 8th to discuss our racial equity/diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ)-centered strategic planning process. We were heartened by the strong attendance and your active engagement in the discussions. We warmly welcome and encourage everyone to remain engaged throughout this process.
You can access the meeting recording here: https://youtu.be/-OSQnZB1qS0.
The presentation pdf file is here.
We appreciate those of you who completed the meeting evaluation. If you attended the meeting or watched the recording and have not yet completed the meeting evaluation, we welcome you to do so by November 30th by clicking this link: https://forms.gle/UV8WzkrdxLcvdrGH9.
We invite everyone to contribute their responses to the following questions we discussed in the November 8th all-sangha meeting by emailing your responses to Dolly Joseph at: firstname.lastname@example.org by November 30th. We will collate themes from the responses, ensuring that we have removed identifying information, and share them with the entire sangha.
What lessons have you learned from your sangha’s past and present that inform your vision for your sangha’s future?
What do you appreciate about IMCC and your relationship with the community so we can build on these strengths?
How do IMCC’s policies, practices, and culture align with your values? With Buddhist teachings? With diverse, equitable, inclusive, and just (DEIJ) practices?
What changes would you like to see at IMCC?
What are barriers to your desired engagement at IMCC?
How are IMCC’s transitions this year affecting you? How can IMCC leadership best support members during the transition?
As a reminder, your ongoing opportunities to engage in this process include:
Participate in focus group discussions and future meetings
Speak with Hearing, Ethics, and Reconciliation (HEAR) Committee and DEIJ Advisory Group members
Enter confidential comments in a Google form that only Katherine will see - form link:https://forms.gle/jsbytaaaDAj8iKSj7
November 8, 2022 All-Sangha Meeting
The purpose of this meeting, which has been co-designed and planned by the DEIJ-Focused Strategic Planning Advisory Group members and consultant Katherine Turner, is to hold a preparatory conversation with all sangha members to:
Lay the foundation for our work ahead
Provide an overview and respond to questions and comments on the rapid assessment and strategic visioning, planning, and capacity-strengthening processes, all with a DEIJ/racial equity focus
Engage sangha members in discussion on key assessment questions
Invite sangha members to participate and provide input throughout the entire process
Agenda (90 minutes
Announcements (5 min)
Welcome and meeting opening (5 min)
Meditation on change (20 min)
Introductions (10 min)
Overview (5 min)
Opportunities for engagement include:
Participate in this and future sessions with the board, teachers, and entire sangha
Speak with the Hearing, Ethics, and Reconciliation Committee and DEIJ-Focused Strategic Planning Advisory Group members
Enter confidential comments in a Google form that only Katherine will see
Post link to confidential comments form
Discussion in breakout groups (30 min)
Reflections, comments, and questions (10 min)
Next steps, participation reminders, silent moment of appreciation, and closure (5 min)
Katherine Turner's IMCC Consultancy Proposal_Global Citizen LLC.pdf