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Virginia Section AWWA celebrates Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in all areas of life and welcomes everyone to be a part of our organization.  Please join us to celebrate our members that contribute so much to our success! 

Events, Activities, and Ideas

Thoughtful Tuesday: Advancing Woman Leaders through Mentorship/Allyship
In celebration of International Women’s Day, the Thoughtful Tuesday workstream is hosting an interactive workshop on “Advancing Woman Leaders through Mentorship/Allyship” to provide the tools and resources that women, people who identify as women, and all allies need to enhance their networks, advocate for their achievements, and increase their visibility and success in their organizations.
View the recorded session or download the presentation to learn more about mentorship, coaching, and emotional intelligence. 
Thoughtful Tuesday - The Humanity in Us - A Workshop on Equitable Decision-Making
How we see and understand the world influences how we interact with others, make decisions, and interpret others’ actions. To be equitable and inclusive water professionals, it helps to understand how our own personal identities bias our perceptions and how this impacts who we are trying to reach in our communication with each other and the public.
View the recorded session and download the presentation to continue the dynamic and engaging conversations that only began.
Thoughtful Tuesday - Let's Talk Love
Enjoy a thoughtful conversation forum style that sparked an intentional conversation about intersections of love and brings in the DEI themes of individuality, identity, acceptance, inclusiveness, community outreach, and intersectionality. Together we will open our hearts and dive into the who, what, where, why, how, and meaning of love!
View the recorded session, and then go share the love!
Thoughtful Tuesday - Disability Inclusion Matters
This Thoughtful Tuesday event honored Global Accessibility Awareness Day (May 19, 2022), featuring “Disability Inclusion Matters.”  The session got everyone talking, thinking, and learning about digital access and inclusion and why disability inclusion matters.  Watch the recorded session at any time. 

Thoughtful Tuesday - International Women's Day

Our first Thoughtful Tuesday event is in celebration of International Women’s Day featured the topic “Break the Bias.”  The pre-recorded thought-provoking session on understanding and combating bias, along with a discussion by a diverse panel of distinguished women leaders working to break the bias in the communities in which they live, work, and lead is available to be viewed.

View the recorded video online
Diversity Matters - Stories to Inspire and Encourage You
As Black History Month has drawn to an end and the transition into women’s history month has begun, I want to share some inspiration, reflection, and hope in alignment with the work of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at AWWA.
AWWA DEI Committee, we envision breaking through change barriers and ingraining DEI standards as a cultural norm within the VA AWWA community – touching every aspect of and everyone in the water sector of Virginia.
I have the privilege of serving as the Vice-Chair of this Committee.

Inclusion Moments

Inclusion Images/Information

The following items are Inclusion Moments for your use in meetings, groups, or personal growth. 

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The Future of Meetings
Innovation Moment
Design Thinking
Digital Transformation with Design Thinking
Design Thinking Behaviors
Fido Friendly Office
Integrating Fitness & Work
Mental Health Month
Practicing Resilience with Attitudes & Mindsets
Shaping Mental Health
Persuading the Unpersuadable
We are living in a VUCA World
Exercising Snacking
The Cardi B Effect
Ted Lasso Effect
Breaking Down Silos in Big Meetings
The Taxonomy of Business Meetings
Future of Work
Name Essential to Inclusion
What Inclusion Truly Means
M&M Character Redesign
How to be a Good Ally
Inclusive & Accessible Communication
Managing Emotional Culture
The Ladder of Accountability
Representation and Inclusion in Story Telling
Burnout and the Brain
Talking about Burnout
Inclusion with Pronouns
Inclusion Moment Videos
Ageism: Age doesn't define you - Global
Campaign to Combat Ageism
Inclusion: That Little Voice Labels: The labels we carry
Say My Name:  Uzo Aduba never liked her name Derek Sivers: How to start a movement  

Diversity Resources - To Help You with Your Own Celebrations

Yes, February is #BlackHistoryMonth, but your commitment to #AntiRacism, supporting #BlackWomen in the workforce, and leading with #inclusion matters 365 days a year.

Some key resources to #bookmark and share:

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