Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Series

As an organization committed to attracting and retaining more young people in New Hampshire, Stay Work Play is committed to making the state a more welcoming, inclusive, and just place for people of color. The results of our 2017 survey of New Hampshire residents aged 20-40 years old cited lack of diversity as a potential reason to consider leaving the state, in addition to it being a top concern for young people that participated in our Policy & Pints Pop-Up Series.

As a part of the diversity, equity, and inclusion series, we will offer events to foster conversation, enable learning experiences, and push for change. Thanks to our sponsors for supporting the ongoing series: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, and Bangor Savings Bank.

DEI at the State House (July 2021)

From a bill seeking to institute recommendations made by the Commission on Law Enforcement Accountability, Community, and Transparency (LEACT) to a budget provision banning the teaching of so-called “divisive concepts,” the 2021 legislative session featured various pieces of legislation seeking to both advance – and reverse – diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts in New Hampshire. The discussion took a look at these pieces of legislation, their reception among legislators and the general public, how these legislative efforts ultimately fared, reaction from DEI advocates, and what other kinds of DEI legislation we might expect to see in 2022.

Anti-Racist Action: A Continuous Transformation (May & June 2021)

In partnership with New Hampshire for Anti-Racist Education (NHARE), “Anti-Racist Action: A Continuous Transformation” helped building an understanding of what it means to be anti-racist and how to take intentional action for sustainable change in your community. Active listening and internal reflection are the springboard for which anti-racism work begins. The work in this series is simply the first step on a long road towards change. Facilitated by Adaeze Okorie and Grace Landry, the Co-Founders of New Hampshire for Anti-Racist Education, the workshops were driven by the insights they both learned through their personal and collaborative work. From internal reflection to community action, this interactive workshop series steps through how we can begin to take anti-racist actions for continuous transformation. In anti-racist work we ask ourselves, not just what are we doing, but who are we becoming?

Click on the images below for more information and resources that were made available during the four-part workshop series.

Workshop Overview (condensed)

Resource Guide

NH Professionals of Color (POC) (February 2021)

New Hampshire is well known for its business friendly atmosphere, but what’s it like to start a business here as a young person of color? In this virtual story telling event, three New Hampshire-based entrepreneurs of color shared their personal and business experiences – including both their challenges and their successes – here in the Granite State.

Rising Stars Spotlight (October 2020)

Hear from a few of the 2020 Rising Stars Awards recipients that are making a difference in the Granite State as young people of color.

DEI Discussion with NH Colleges and Universities (September 2020)

New Hampshire’s colleges and universities have been at the forefront of the state’s diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts as they seek to make not just their student populations, but their workforces, more just places for all.

The panel discussion features representatives from several of the state’s collegiate diversity, equity, and inclusion offices. Learn more about how these institutions make their campuses more welcoming to people of color and how, in the process, they make them more attractive places to study and to work. The panelists will also share lessons learned and advice on actionable steps attendees can take to make their own organizations more diverse, equitable, and inclusive.

A Conversation with Black Lives Matter Manchester (July 2020)

A virtual discussion with young leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement in New Hampshire. Learn more about the issues facing young Black people here, what goals movement leaders are working towards, and how you can best support the Black Lives Matter movement in the Granite State.

NH Next: Diversity Matters – A Panel Discussion (April 2020)

Hear about the experiences of young people of color in New Hampshire. What challenges do young people of color face here and how can we as individuals, and collectively, help make the Granite State and our respective communities and organizations more welcoming to people of color.

Thank you to our sponsors for their support!