DCS Update on Community Concerns as of September 28, 2020

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We have been in the process of applying updates to the Deaf Services Advisory Council (DSAC) webpage. We are happy to announce that the ASL Summary videos for the DSAC Bylaws have been completed and uploaded to the webpage. More information on other DSAC updates coming soon. If you have ideas or think you can help with the website content development including ASL videos, please let us know at dcsboardfeedback@dcsofsd.org.

 

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DCS Update on Community Concerns as of September 7, 2020

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Hello,

Thanks to the community members who participated in August 29th’s DSAC election meeting.  The board recognizes the need for improvements in community communication especially with the accessibility of the DSAC webpage. We are looking forward to the many benefits from the communication channel that the DSAC will provide our organization. We also have received a suggested DSAC timeline from a community member who attended the meeting, which is currently under review. Please keep sending us more ideas and feedback, either in ASL or English, at dcsboardfeedback@dcsofsd.org. Also, please contact us if you think you can help us in any way with the DSAC webpage, such as ASL translations, etc. We will continue to keep you informed. Thanks for the feedback and support.

And as a reminder to some of the feedback requests we have gotten, we are legally unable to publicly discuss personnel matters.   We want to reiterate our deep appreciation for the community in understanding this.

Thank you!

 

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DCS Update on Community Concerns as of August 24, 2020

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Hello, I wanted to talk about the DSAC (Deaf Services Advisory Council).

This Saturday’s meeting, from 10a to 12p, Saturday, August 29th.

DSAC is important. Most nonprofit organizations have Board and many have an advisory council. The Board’s role: Focuses on governance, set policies, fundraising, strategy planning (NOT procedural management), and supervises the Executive Director.

The Advisory council: They represent the community. Collect and offer advice and insight. Both groups are made up of volunteers.

Community members involved in the DSAC must live in San Diego, North San Diego or Imperial County to participate in the DSAC because DCS provides services for those who live in the San Diego, North San Diego, and Imperial counties.

We encourage everyone to apply as a candidate for this round.

Reminder: Everyone who registered can participate and vote in the election.

If you didn’t register this time, you can still register for the 2nd election on Sept 5. Go to the DSAC webpage, click on about toolbar then DSAC, and click on the blue Application button.

This Saturday will vote on three positions, Chair, Vice-Chair, and Secretary. Plus start nominations for the seven community member seats. Those seven should represent the various San Diego, North San Diego, and Imperial Counties communities.

Registered participants and candidates will participate on the Zoom platform. Others who didn’t register can watch the Facebook video feed.

Thank you.

 

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DCS Update on Community Concerns as of August 17, 2020

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Deaf Services Advisory Council (DSAC)

The purpose of this council is to ensure that input from the constituent communities served by DCS is taken into consideration in determining service needs and priorities for the agency. This community input is a central element of the “Of, By, & For the Deaf” philosophy.

Our new board liaison will be Alex Zernovoj.

In our video last week, we shared the Incorrect date for the first meeting/election. It is on Saturday, Aug 29th from 10a to 12p.

The DSAC webpage is up and running. https://deafcommunityservices.org/dsac/

Where to find it:  The link for it is under the “ABOUT” section.

The link to a form to apply is found on the DSAC page.

Thank you!

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DCS Update on Community Concerns as of August 14, 2020

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DCS Board acknowledges not being able to send out a weekly statement as previously planned but regardless, we assure you that we have still been hard at work! While DCS cannot comment on subjects related to pending personnel matters, we are pleased to announce that the relaunch of the Deaf Services Advisory Council (DSAC) has made significant progress.  The old 2013 DSAC bylaws updated to current business standards and have been finalized. We also established a tentative timeline for a vigorous but achievable schedule for the relaunch implementation.

 

 

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Friday August 14th: Bylaw completion announcement and tentative timeline to be shared to the community. The first meeting of the DSAC is scheduled to be held on August 28th.  Meetings must be announced 14 days in advance as required by DSAC Bylaws Section 9.14.   In order to make that meeting to happen this month the meeting announcement must be done now.

 

Friday August 21st: DSAC webpage to be available on this day that will have the DSAC Bylaws posted and have more information about the committee.  Distribution of the DSAC Bylaws is a priority and every effort to provide a serviceable link to them will be made to provide earlier access as possible.

 

Saturday, August 28th: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.: DSAC to host the first organizational meeting, to be led by Board Liaison appointed by the board for an election of three officers — Chair, Vice Chair, and Secretary and to open nomination for 7 members representing the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, DeafBlind, Late Deafened communities in San Diego, and surrounding areas, including communities of multi-layered intersectional identities.

 

Saturday. September 5th 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.: DSAC officers to host first official meeting and begin voting on the nominations until 7 member positions are filled. The DSAC will need to determine how often they will meet and specify the next few meeting dates.  Additionally, the newly elected officers and members must sign DCS paperwork as stated in the DSAC bylaws Section 9.7. The newly elected officers and members will also need to set a date for a training which will then be announced on DSAC webpage.  Thereafter, DSAC officers and members will begin to receive emails from DSAC@dcsofsd.org.

 

Future meetings as needed to focus on the agenda listed below:

  • Recommendations on the priorities of Deaf Community (and all of its constituencies), with the spotlight on BIPOC programs
  • Recommendations, discussion on the DCS Stakeholder meeting, recommendations on facilitator, recommendations of the priority topic of the DCS Stakeholder meeting, and recommendations on DSAC representative to be involved in the planning the next DCS Stakeholder.

 

DCS Update on Community Concerns: Week of July 20, 2020

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  • DCS wants to acknowledge that the petition demands have been sent to the board through the DCS Board Feedback email. The board is seeking to meet with the community members involved.
  • DCS provided training on “Mitigating Implicit Bias” on July 10th with regular trainings to come.
  • DCS has established a permanent Diversity and Inclusion committee composed of staff members to assist in reviewing policies, recommend trainings and trainers as well as provide a direct line of communication with management. The first meeting will be Friday, July 24th.
  • DCS is in discussion with a third-party human resources management consultant to ensure that the DCS’ hiring is up to date and inclusive.
  • DCS continues to look inside the agency for ways to mitigate any bias in its policies and procedures and currently is working on having a third-party investigation into allegations of bias within the agency.
  • DCS has received two volunteer applicants for the restored Advisory Committee.  We need more people to come forward and participate, please.
  • DCS has located a Deaf friendly platform for a virtual town hall.
  • Based on community feedback, the format looks like it will be a stakeholder meeting. DCS is working on hiring an outside facilitator for this meeting.  Please submit suggestions for facilitators to DCSBoardFeedback@dcsofsd.org

 

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July 16, 2020

Statement to the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, DeafBlind, and Late-Deafened Community

 

We here at Deaf Community Services of San Diego (DCS) are deeply saddened by the circumstances that have caused many in our community to experience pain and sorrow. We are likewise profoundly affected by what is happening to many people and groups within our tight-knit community. We at DCS are committed more now than ever to the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, DeafBlind, Late Deafened community in San Diego, and surrounding areas, and we are determined to increase the support of growth and development of unity among communities of multi-layered intersectional identities.

 

DCS takes all claims of discrimination very seriously. It is the policy of DCS to investigate all complaints of discrimination, whether the claim is of racism, audism, sexism, or any form of disrespect. At no time and under no circumstances will or has DCS accepted or allowed any such conduct from any person associated with DCS. The official position of DCS is that when made aware of any such claims, an immediate investigation and appropriate actions will be taken. We remain committed to continuing this policy.

 

In our efforts to better listen to the communities, DCS has developed a new consumer concern form. If you have a concern you want to share with us, please complete it and email it to consumerconcerns@dcsofsd.org. If you have questions or concerns with the form, please ask us.

 

DCS is also reviving our Advisory Council. A few of you have inquired about joining the advisory council. We strongly encourage those interested to email us about joining the council. Please email a brief biographical statement about yourself and ties to the community to dcsboardfeedback@dcsofsd.org. The council also includes being a part of the planning for future Community Stakeholder meetings.

 

We here at DCS looks forward to continuing our collaboration with all in the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, DeafBlind and Late-Deafened community while making meaningful progress toward our mission in advocating, educating, and serving our diverse community.

 

Thank you!

 

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July 3, 2020

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Hello, members of our community,

I want to reiterate how seriously the Board of Directors is taking to address systemic racism within DCS and we are hard at work to provide safe space for the community to voice their concerns.

Our board meetings in-person has been always open to the public per the Brown Act, which guarantees the public’s right to attend, participate, and make comments within time limits in meetings of local “legislative bodies”. DCS is included in the definition of “legislative bodies”, so the guarantee of board meeting transparency will not change.

With the unfortunate restrictions related to COVID-19 and the board’s overall limited experience in hosting virtual meetings, we fully acknowledge there is a lot of room for improvement and we are already exploring alternative solutions that are based on the guidance from our diverse community.

As a result, we are working on solutions for the next DCS Pulse forum and we are determined to make it a much better experience and more accessible for everyone. We have successfully found a proven virtual live meeting platform that looks both promising and deaf-friendly, and we’ve had good progress in finding a facilitator. There will be more news on that topic shortly.

Moreover, we, the board, are re-establishing Advisory Council to ensure that the community is represented in our decisions and they are reflective of our community’s needs. This council, which will report directly to the board, is open to anyone in the community and we encourage you to apply to join.

dcsboardfeedback@dcsofsd.org

As a part of our commitment to the overall Board of Directors’ transparency, we will keep you consistently informed of our progress via email every week to our best abilities.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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