Beginning Feb. 9, Diverse & Resilient is expanding its free HIV and STD testing services to the Milwaukee Northwest Health Center, 7630 W. Mill Road. The expansion, made possible through a partnership with the Milwaukee Health Department, is designed to help address the rising rate of HIV and sexually transmitted infections among African-American gay men.
Testing hours are:
Monday 12:15 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Tuesday 12:15 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Thursday 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. (on the first, second and fourth Thursdays of each month)
Diverse & Resilient, Inc. is seeking a chief executive officer with a strong history of leadership, commitment to partnership, experience in public health, and most importantly, a passion for promoting the health and well-being of LGBT communities.
The CEO works closely with the board of directors to advance the mission and vision of the organization. This position provides leadership to a diverse staff of 20+ individuals and more than 120 community health workers to create, implement and sustain an array of high quality, evidence-based programs and capacity-building services focused on reducing health disparities experienced by LGBT people in Wisconsin.
The CEO also sustains partnerships with more than 60 partner organizations, schools and government programs, in addition to advocating with policy makers to change systems and structures that contribute to health disparities among LGBT people.
The CEO oversees development nd maintains responsibility for fiscal management of the agency’s $1.8 million annual budget.
Established in 1995, D&R is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Its mission is the healthy development of LGBT people in Wisconsin by creating and sustaining programs, groups and communities to take action. D&R is the largest nonprofit LGBT organization in Wisconsin and has established itself as the statewide leader in addressing LGBT health disparities.
Diverse & Resilient is looking to fill three new positions. Two positions involve implementing evidence-based prevention programs for partner violence and sexual health promotion. An administrative position will entail assisting the agency president and CEO and two directors. Applications are due by May 5. Phone Laura Maker at 414-390-0444 or find more information at http://www.diverseandresilient.org/employment-opportunities.
It’s a tradition at PrideFest Milwaukee for the Lesbian Fund to take the community’s pulse with a question like, “What would you do if you had all the money in the world?”
A couple of years ago, one woman after another answered that she’d invest in building and strengthening the community.
And that’s exactly the goal of the Lesbian Fund, but without all the money in the world.
A group of women established the fund in 2006 as a community resource built and advised by lesbians. Donations are used for direct grants to programs that benefit lesbians and support lesbian leadership, as well as to grow the fund’s investment assets.
“We’ve been doing very worthwhile work,” said Leslie Salas, co-chair of the fund steering committee, which meets monthly. Other members include Chris Doerfler, Ann Ellingboe, Velvet Moore, Kathy Prodoehl, Eren Turk and co-chair Dalila Cardona.
Salas joined in early 2012, impressed with the mission and the uniqueness of the fund, one of several under the umbrella of the Women’s Fund of Greater Milwaukee. “I’ve been doing my research and I cannot find another lesbian fund in the nation,” Salas said.
Since 2009, the fund has awarded more than $55,000 for a number of efforts, including, most recently:
• The Grow Great Women program at Diverse & Resilient.
• Fair Wisconsin’s annual conference.
• The employment of a school nurse at the Alliance School, the year-round Milwaukee Public school established to provide a “safe place for students regardless of sexuality, identity, appearance, ability or beliefs.”
“We really value our partnership with the Alliance School,” Salas said. On Nov. 3, the LF partners Alliance on a drag extravaganza to raise money for the school and the fund. A Night to Remember: A Night to Celebrate Diversity begins at 8 p.m. at Montage Lounge, 801 S. Second St., Milwaukee. The lineup includes DJ Kelly and some of the state’s most popular drag performers. “We have some fabulous queens and we promise off-the-charts fierceness,” Salas said.
Ahead on the calendar is a town meeting. Also, in early 2014, the fund plans to issue grants. The group fell short in 2013 and postponed the grant cycle until early next year to focus more time on fundraising. “We really need the community to come out and support us at this critical time,” Salas said.
Make a date
The Lesbian Fund and the Alliance School in Milwaukee are the beneficiaries of A Night to Remember: A Night to Celebrate Diversity at 8 p.m. on Nov. 3 at Montage Lounge, 801 S. Second St. Admission to the drag extravaganza is $15 per person or $75 per table. For more, call 414-277-8092.
On the Web
For more on the Lesbian Fund and the Women’s Fund of Greater Milwaukee, go to www.womensfundmke.org. To connect, look for The Lesbian Fund on Facebook.
Every year, Diverse & Resilient recognizes individuals and organizations for leadership in, and on behalf of, Wisconsin’s LGBT community.
D&R is seeking nominations for community leaders who showed significant leadership on the community’s behalf during 2012.
Nominations forms can be accessed online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/W6HRQDD. The deadline for submission is Jan. 25.
Diverse & Resilient presented 12 awards to Wisconsin leaders on April 23.
The nonprofit honored:
• Amy Olejniczak of Madison with the Adult Ally Award for her work on the Wisconsin Adolescent Health Care Communication Program.
• Josh Bartz of Madison with the LGBT Program Staff Award for his commitment to OutReach, Madison’s LGBT Community Center.
• Pathfinders with LGBT Youth Community Partner of the Year Award for its service to at-risk youth.
• Camden Goetz and Xavier Matthews with youth awards for their work, respectively, with the Gay Straight Alliance for Safe Schools in Madison and QBLOK of Pathfinders in Milwaukee.
• Deanna Tappy with the Youth Development Specialist of the Year Award for running the GLBT Partnership of Harmony Cafe in Green Bay.
• The Men of Color Empowerment and Support Group and Eau Queer Film Festival with the LGBT Program Award.
• Pam Forman and Cathy Arney with the Adult Community Leadership Award. Forman received the award for her commitment to the LGBT community of UW-Eau Claire and Arney for her dedication to lesbian and bisexual women’s health issues.
• Pastor Ken Wheeler and Julie Rothwell with the Community Ally Award for their respective advocacy at Cross Lutheran Church and United Way of Greater Milwaukee.
The awards program included a dessert buffet catered by Beans & Barley and took place at Congregation Sinai.
For more, go to diverseandresilient.org.
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Milwaukee’s Diverse & Resilient Inc. wants to hire three people for its HIV-prevention team.
A release from D&R said, “The people who fill these full-time positions will work effectively with internal and external partners in the public and non-profit sectors to address HIV prevention and other related health disparities. They must be eager and competent to work in a fast-paced, multi-cultural organization focused on the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. Must be organized, have a charismatic personality, and willing to work evenings and some weekends. The work is exciting, engaging, varied, and challenging.”
The nonprofit is looking for a program coordinator, youth HIV program coordinator and data specialist.
To contact Diverse & Resilient, send a cover letter and resume to Mark O’Neil, Diverse and Resilient, 2439 N. Holton St, Milwaukee, WI 53212 or .
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Wisconsin’s Diverse & Resilient is seeking nominations for its Adult Leadership Awards, which will be announced the week of April 23 and made in five categories. The awards will recognize the significant contributions of individuals and organizations in the important work of LGBT adult development in the past year.
Nominations are due by March 2. Find the application here: http://www.newsite.diverseandresilient.org/images/uploads/resources/Award_Nomination_Adult_2011.pdf.
The organization also is seeking nominations in the youth category, with applications due by March 2. Find the application here: http://www.newsite.diverseandresilient.org/images/uploads/resources/Award_Nomintation_Youth_2011.pdf.
The adult awards include:
Community Leadership Award. This award honors the LGBT adult community member whose contributions to peers deserve acknowledgement. This “adult is dreaming big, taking on challenges, and moving toward a bigger life.”
Community Ally Award. The successful nominee “is a heterosexual ally to LGBT people who develops both interpersonal connections with LGBT people and works to eliminate homophobia or heterosexism in some specific setting.”
LGBT Program Award. Any adult LGBT program or LGBT organization in Wisconsin may be nominated for this award. Selection criteria will be based on their efforts to assure “the healthy development of LGBT individuals, the promotion of program partnerships, collaborations with other LGBT and allied organizations, community outreach, and community development.”
Program Staff Award. This award is only open to program staff of LGBT organizations in Wisconsin.
Adult Community Partner Award. From individual donors to foundations and corporations, LGBT organizations are supported by community partners. This award will be given to “the person or organization that provides financial, volunteer, or emotional support to Diverse and Resilient or any of the LGBT organizations with which it partners.”
The youth awards include:
Youth Leadership Award (14 to 18). This award honors the youth whose contributions to peers deserve acknowledgement. This youth “is dreaming big, taking on challenges, and moving toward a big life.”
Youth Leadership Award (19 to 24). This award honors the young adult whose “increasing acceptance of responsibility includes continued learning, an interest in being mentored or coached, and fostering the development of other youth.”
Adult Ally Award. The successful nominee for this award is an “adult lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or heterosexual ally to youth who develops both interpersonal connections with young people and works to eliminate adultism in some specific setting.”
LGBT Youth Program Award. Any RAY member program or other LGBT youth program in Wisconsin may be nominated for this award.
Youth Development Specialist Award. This award is only open to “youth development specialists in the Rainbow Alliance.”
Youth Community Partner Award. From individual donors to foundations and corporations, RAY member groups are supported by community partners. This award will be given to the “person or organization that provides financial, volunteer, or emotional support to the Rainbow Alliance or any of its member groups.”
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