Unconscious Bias Training: April 21, 2020 Solvang Vet’s Hall

Don’t Miss Out! The Event is Open To All!

The human brain is a remarkable achievement in evolution. Unfortunately, the brain activity that kept the human species alive for millions of years is the same brain activity that keeps us from achieving equality today. In a powerful TED Talk, Valerie Alexander, author, speaker, and CEO, explains how the human brain instinctively reacts when encountering the unexpected, and proposes that if we have the courage to examine our own behavior when faced with the unfamiliar, we can take control of our expectaitons, and by dong so, change the world. A facilitated conversation will follow the video, led by Mayra Ramos of the Anti-Defamation League and SYV People Helping People.



The meeting begins at 5:15 PM with a welcome glass of wine and light appetizers in the courtyard.  The brief formal membership meeting starts at 6:00 PM and includes the introduction of INCLUSION’S first staff person, an update on the progress made in obtaining funding for the organization’s work, and the plans underway for the Education and Community Task Forces.

Immediately following the meeting will be a presentation by the evening’s speaker, Briana Moffitt, Director of Education and Community Outreach of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).  Her topic will be “The State of Hate.”  Brianna will present the work of the ADL’s Center on Extremism, the agency’s research and investigative arm and clearinghouse for up to the minute information about extremism of all types –from white supremacists to Islamic extremists.  Brianna will provide an overview of the many types of hate groups and then focus on white supremacist ideology and the impact of hate crimes and incidents on our local community.


INCLUSION SYV sponsors events throughout the year that promote a sense of community and equality.  Most events include an educational component.

INCLUSION SYV also conducts regular meetings of its Steering Committee and General Membership on a regular basis.

Dates, times and locations of events and meetings will be posted in this space.

Clara Long of Human Rights Watch
March 14, 2019 Conversation With Clara Long, Sr. RESEARCHER, Human Rights Watch

On Thursday March 14th, St Mark’s Church in Los Olivos hosted a day-time event sponsored by INCLUSION and the SYV Community Action Alliance.  The event , a “Conversation with Clara Long, Senior Researcher, at Human Rights Watch (HRW)”  was attended by approximately 80 guests.

Using a combination of lecture, video, and Q&A, Ms. Long focused her nearly two- hour presentation on immigration and border policy.  She covered such issues as deaths in immigration detention linked to poor medical care, mistreatment and dismissal of asylum seekers at the border, border policing abuses, the detention of children and families and harmful deportations of deeply rooted long-term US residents.

Prior to joining HRW, Clara was a Teaching Fellow with the Stanford Law School International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic. She is the co-producer of an award-winning documentary, Border Stories. Clara graduated with honors from Harvard Law School and holds Master degrees from the London School of Economics and from Stanford’s Graduate Program in Journalism.

Guests mingle at June 3rd cocktail event.

June 3, 2018 Member/Guest Cocktail Reception

On Sunday, June 3rd, INCLUSION SYV organized a cocktail reception and presentation hosted by Nancy Englander and Shawn Addison.  More than 60 members of INCLUSION SYV and guests attended on a sultry afternoon. Guests were welcomed by Mrs. Englander and brief presentations were made by members of the group’s Steering Committee, José Juan Ibarra and Shawn Addison, covering why and how the organization got its start.

Brianna Moffitt and Adam Bernberg of ADL speak on the topic of the “Decoding Hate” project.

The primary education program was provided by Brianna Moffitt and Adam Bernberg of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). Their topic consisted of a discussion of an exciting new partnership called “Decoding Hate” between ADL’s Center for Technology and Society (CTS) and U.C. Berkeley’s “D-Lab”.  This effort is a community focused initiative. It empowers people from across the country to influence how hate is detected online through artificial intelligence (AI) technology. Those present were given the opportunity to participate in a survey to assist in defining hate speech and 17 attendees signed up. You can also participate by clicking here: Decode Hate in SYV.

For more information about the ADL-CTS project visit:

Closing comments were made by Arcelia Sencion from the Steering Committee.

Nancy Englander said that the INCLUSION SYV group was very pleased with the turnout and participation. “Sixteen (16) new folks signed up for INCLUSION SYV updates – what a great response!”

STAY TUNED HERE: In the next two months, INCLUSION will conduct small group follow-up conversations about Decoding Hate and participants’ experiences.


Dates: 4th Wednesday each month including June 27, July 25, August 22, September 26, October 24, November 28.  There is no meeting scheduled for December.

Time: 5-6 PM

Location: People helping People Conference Room at 545 N. Alisal Road Solvang, CA


Dates: 1-time each Quarter 3rd Monday of the months of January, April, July, and October. Meetings remaining in 2018 are scheduled for July 16 and October, 15 For 2019, meetings are scheduled for January 15, April 15, July 15, and October 21.

Time: 5:30-7 PM

Location: To be determined and posted here.



March 14 Conversation With Clara Long, Sr. Fellow, Human Rights Watch