What does Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) mean when it comes to youth substance misuse prevention efforts? To adequately support youth prevention work, prevention professionals must be inclusive of people from all backgrounds, cultures, and experiences. It also means including these principles when planning. In this webinar, we will discuss the 3-pronged term, DEI, and how each of its principles can holistically enhance prevention efforts. We will also discuss how to operationalize these principles using the strategic prevention framework.
Olufemi Brightley is a Consultant, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Strategist, and Educator. She serves as the chair of the NY Association for the Education of Young Children Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee. In this role, she is helping the organization become an anti-racist organization. She reviews the organization's strategic plan, works with the various committees to view their work from a DEI lens, and helps educators across New York state be more impactful within their work with Black Indigenous People Of Color (BIPOC) children, and families with a focus on Diversity Equity Inclusion. She holds a Masters degree in Early Childhood Education and Teaching and she is the founder and co-chair of the Parents of Children of Color Affinity Group.