Building an Inclusive Statewide Independent Living Council

SILC-NET Presents… A National Teleconference & Webinar:

September 13, 2017; 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Eastern

Register online or by using the printable registration form (PDF)

A strong SILC has to include and represent all types of people with disabilities from all across the state. Putting together a diverse, representative SILC isn’t easy – it takes planning, outreach, recruitment, and maybe even changes to the SILC’s meetings and organizational culture. Join us on September 13 as we highlight these steps for you to help you build a more inclusive SILC.

Target Audience

  • SILC Chairs, Executive Directors, and staff; and any SILC Committee members responsible for diversity / outreach, and supporting SILC members

Registration Fee: $75.00. Fee is per site (connection) and does not apply per participant; registrants are encouraged to gather as many individuals as desired to participate by telephone or webinar.

You will learn:

  • The importance of a cohesive and inclusive board wherein Council members feel valued, engaged, and energized.
  • Strategies for assessing board strengths and weaknesses.
  • How to use information to build inclusiveness and opportunities for future SILC leaders.
  • Elements of an effective diversity and outreach plan.
  • How to respond to issues of intersectionality of various identities and underrepresented communities.
  • Promising practice tools, techniques, and examples that challenge implicit bias and discrimination.

Meet Your Presenters

Dustin Gibson is the Director of Independent Living Services at the Center for Independent Living of South Central Pennsylvania. Dustin focuses on youth transitioning and systems change advocacy for people with disabilities. He serves on several local and national committees that aim to create change for the African-American and Disability communities. Recently, he has worked on several initiatives surrounding police/community relations. He also administers youth groups for social change and coaches high school cross country and basketball.

Jacqueline Jackson is an Independent Consult specializing in finding solutions for non-profit corporations. She has over 30 years of management experience in the non-profit sector. She served as the Education Specialist and the Director of Education Services, Health and Family Services and Youth Services for the San Diego Urban League. She has served as a job developer and employment services manager for Community Service Center for the Disabled and she has also served as Development Director for the San Diego Center for the Blind.

Jacqueline received a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from San Diego State University with a major in psychology. She has a Master’s Degree in Leadership studies with a specialization in Non-Profit Business Administration from the University of San Diego.

Jacqueline’s passion is advocacy for people with disabilities. She currently serves on the California State Independent Living Council (SILC) and is the Chair of the State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL). She also is SILC’s Representative to the State Rehabilitation Council (SRC). She is the Blind and Low Vision Representative for the Public Utilities Commission Deaf and Disabled Telecommunications Program, Equipment Program Advisory Committee (EPAC). She serves on numerous local boards and commissions for San Diego County. She is a guest lecturer for San Diego State University. She is the 2017 Woman of the Year for California’s 80th Assembly District.

Liz Pazdral, Executive Director of the California State Independent Living Council, has experienced the Independent Living (IL) movement from a variety of perspectives. Liz has been a consumer of services and has worked at IL Centers in California and Canada for 13 years, including serving in the capacity of executive director. Additionally, she worked in the IL Unit of the California Department of Rehabilitation. Liz has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Occidental College and has completed graduate work in public administration. She lives near Sacramento with her husband and daughter.

IL-NET Logo - CIL-NET and SILC-NETPresented by SILC-NET: A program of the IL-NET national training and technical assistance project for Centers for Independent Living (CIL-NET) and Statewide Independent Living Councils (SILC-NET). The IL-NET is operated by ILRU, Independent Living Research Utilization, in partnership with the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) and the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL).