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Request for Proposal for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Workshop

As the Initiative strengthens its commitment to principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion, it invites proposals from consultants and firms to lend their professional expertise in providing an eight-hour training workshop for the Stevens Initiative team.

Contact: Mohamed Abdel-Kader at StevensInitiative@aspeninstitute.org

RFP Issue Date: July 31, 2020

Proposal Deadline: September 1, 2020.

Submission Details: Submit your proposal to Mohamed Abdel-Kader at StevensInitiative@aspeninstitute.org. Please include “DEI RFP” in the subject line.

Background

The Stevens Initiative is an international effort to build global competence and career readiness skills for young people in the United States and the Middle East and North Africa by growing and enhancing the field of virtual exchange. Created in 2015 as a lasting tribute to Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, the Initiative is committed to helping to expand the virtual exchange field through three pillars of work: investing in promising programs, sharing knowledge and resources, and advocating for virtual exchange adoption. By summer 2021, the Initiative will expand its reach to nearly 40,000 young people in 15 MENA countries and the Palestinian Territories, and in 45 U.S. states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, DC. Learn more: https://www.stevensinitiative.org/

The Stevens Initiative is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, with funding provided by the U.S. Government, and is administered by the Aspen Institute. It is also supported by the Bezos Family Foundation and the governments of Morocco and the United Arab Emirates.

Since its inception, the Initiative has prioritized reaching underserved youth in the countries and communities it serves – including women and girls, refugees, and youth with different abilities.

The Aspen Institute is a global nonprofit organization committed to realizing a free, just, and equitable society. Founded in 1949, the Institute drives change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the most important challenges facing the United States and the world. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Institute has a campus in Aspen, Colorado, and an international network of partners. Learn more: https://www.aspeninstitute.org/

Request for Proposals:

As the Initiative strengthens its commitment to principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion, it invites proposals from consultants and firms to lend their professional expertise in providing an eight-hour training workshop for the Stevens Initiative team. This virtual workshop for a team of ten is intended to revisit, refresh, and establish a clear understanding of principles, concepts, and terms for all team members who will have varying degrees of familiarity with DEI concepts. The workshop may need to be split into multiple days to accommodate for time-zone differences as our team spans from the US-west coast to the United Arab Emirates.

Successful proposals will center on anti-Blackness and also provide guidance on systemic, structural, and institutional racism. Addressing colorism, able-ism, sexism, religious bigotry, colonialism, and other forms of systemic oppression for international education professionals using technology to connect young people will also be helpful.

The workshop should be designed to solidify the team’s fluency with concepts and understanding the context of how DEI principles manifest in an organization and in educational environments. The workshop will prepare the team as it refines its own DEI practices in all areas of its work: grants, research and knowledge-sharing, advocacy, and outreach

All entities meeting the minimum requirements are encouraged to respond and proposals are due no later than September 1, 2020.

Proposals should include a CV/resume for facilitators, scope of work, and testimonials from previous clients.

Preference will be given to minority and women-owned businesses.

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