Multicultural Change in Nonprofit Organizations: A Comparative Literature Review
This article offers insights related to change around race and culture in nonprofit organizations. It is based on a critical review of the literature, and includes various working definitions, the historical and contemporary contexts of racism and organizational change in the US, Multicultural Organizational Development (MCOD) change models, and MCOD best practices. The purpose was to contribute to the development of best practices in the field of MCOD, towards the meta-goal of transforming institutional racism. The article concludes with a recommendation to form a research collective or cohort for further case study and narrative inquiry research of factors impacting nonprofit change around race and culture, identified in this and other recent studies as proposed best practices for critical multicultural change.
||Diversity/ Multiculturalism Organizational Development, Change Management, Nonprofit Management
International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 9, Issue 10, pp.15-28.
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National Program Director, Nonviolent Youth Collective, St. Paul, MN, USA
Maryrose Dolezal is a cultural worker focused on transforming injustice through healing arts and non-violent social action. For the last 8 years, she directed the US Fellowship of Reconciliation’s national youth and non-violence training programs, training and supporting young adults to make changes in their lives and in their communities. She serves on the board of directors of two organizations: Common Fire, a national organization which creates transformative social change through building & supporting intentional communities, and SmartMeme, a progressive national strategy and training organization. She has taught courses in conflict studies, women’s studies, and anthropology as an adjunct faculty at Hamline University, where she completed her MA in Nonprofit Management in 2007 with a thesis titled “Slow Down to Speed Up: Critical Multicultural Change in Nonprofit Organizations.” Maryrose is currently studying Somatic Movement and Bodywork in Minneapolis, MN, where she is aunt and godmother to four beautiful children.
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