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DEI Course Extended Until December 31st, 2022!

The Kansas Volunteer Commission presents five Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) learning sessions intended to provide participants with an introduction to DEI concepts and vocabulary. The course developed by Dr. Bongi Wenyika, addresses the following topics: ‚ÄčHistory, Immigration, Assumptions and Myths About What is American; Definition, Dimension and Types of Diversity; Dynamics of Inequality; Understanding Disability by Challenging Ableism Through Inclusive Practices; Raising Awareness of LGBTQIA Challenges in Communities.

This is an on-demand course that participants can progress through at their own pace.

Each learning session in the course will have a pre-recorded video and a workbook in Google Classroom. The workbooks will contain: activities to be completed while following along with each video; homework and reflective activities to help participants think about what they have learned; resource lists for further learning around each topic.

In addition, the Google Classroom will have a general DEI resource library with resources that are not specific to the course but are relevant to DEI work and learning.

The cost for the entire five-part DEI course is $25. Once registered, invoices will be sent the Friday following the registration date. Invoices must be paid before access to the course will be granted. Credit cards are not accepted. Scholarships are available upon request. 

If you have questions, please email Meg Pearson at

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Volunteer Manager Support Mini-Grant (Three Volunteers in photo with brooms)

The Kansas Volunteer Commission seeks to support volunteer manager support initiatives that fall into one of two categories:

Training to enhance the volunteer experience in Kansas: Activities should lead to an individual’s attainment of a new knowledge or skill to enhance their volunteer experience (CPR, mentor training, mental health first aid, etc.) or the training should lead to improved performance while volunteering (preventing compassion fatigue, for example).

Training to increase the capacity of volunteer managers to better support volunteers:  Activities should lead to the individual’s attainment of a new knowledge or skill to better manage volunteers (volunteer recruitment or ability to retain, for example) or the training should lead to improved performance in managing volunteers (inspiring volunteers, improved communication, etc.).

As outlined above, applicants may choose to provide training directly to volunteers and/or they may choose to provide training for the individuals managing volunteers in their communities. Funds may be used to hire speakers, purchase training supplies, secure event space, attend professional trainings or conferences, print materials, or other training-related costs.

Apply here