October 2021 Newsletter
From the Executive Manager's Desk - Why IAP2 USA Membership?
October 2021 Message: Gail Madziar, Executive Manager, IAP2 USA
If you have a hobby, a career choice or even an interest, there is an association for you. You can join anything from the Vintage Radio and Phonograph Society to the National Funeral Directors Association to the Toy Industry Association. And then there are organizations catering to two of my favorite treats, the American Wine Society and the Fine Chocolate Industry Association. I personally belong to the American Society for Association Professionals which is an association for association people. The IRS sums it up this way: “In general, an association is a group of persons banded together for a specific purpose.”
I am a career association professional and have worked for Chiropractors, Realtors, Construction contractors, Bankers, Librarians and now Public Participation professionals. Like many folks, I didn’t know IAP2 existed until I had the good fortune to run across a job posting for Executive Manager. Once I started researching the organization, I realized I had stumbled upon a group that was a perfect fit for both my values and experience....
IAP2 USA’s Commitment to Inclusion
By Erin Zimmerman
Strategic Development Manager
Last month we hosted the 10th Annual North American Conference. Thank you to everyone who attended, volunteered, sponsored, and presented. While it was a successful event, IAP2 must acknowledge a significant error.
Unfortunately, we made a hurtful mistake and scheduled the conference during Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year in Judaism. This was an unintended action that unfortunately was hurtful and negatively impacted many of our members. IAP2 acknowledges that it is unacceptable to disregard significant cultural and religious holidays of minority groups.
On behalf of IAP2 NAC Steering committee, program committee, and staff, we apologize for causing harm and are committed to learning from this experience. We have taken steps to prevent similar mistakes in the future. This includes adding an event protocol to check all holidays prior to scheduling major events and trainings, adding an additional step in the conference work plan to review dates with global holiday calendars, and debriefing this with our DEI committee and steering committee.
We are grateful for our members who graciously brought this to our attention. Thank you for holding us accountable. We believe it is important to admit when we mess up and work toward repair. IAP2 encourages members and the community to continue to shine light on how we can continue to do better on our journey towards equitable inclusivity.
To share ideas and concerns, please reach out to Erin Zimmermann at email@example.com
IAP2 NAC Steering Committee and Staff
Colorado chapter’s book club discusses racism
With a goal of supporting our members who seek an opportunity to introspectively examine racism in themselves and our society, the Colorado Chapter of IAP2 is hosting a book club. Using “So You Want to Talk About Race” by Ijeoma Oluo, the book discussion group has been meeting since July and will continue through November. The idea for the club evolved from an event the chapter had at the end of last year titled “The Race, Equity and Public Participation Conversation.” More than 30 professionals who work with municipal and state agencies, utilities, and universities, as well as consultants joined the conversation, and their top request following the event was for the chapter to offer a book club on racism. The book club has involved a small group, providing an intimate and un-intimidating way to discuss and learn about this issue.
Get Involved Volunteer and Engagement Opportunities with IAP2 USA
2022 Call for Volunteers
The 2022 Call for Volunteers is now open! Take advantage of the opportunity to make a difference in the P2 community. Develop your leadership skills and grow your professional network by volunteering to serve on a committee or task force. If you're interested in growing personally or professionally, we have a place for you.2022 Committee appointments run from February 1, 2022 through December 31, 2022.
Looking for ways to further your career, get up on the latest trends, enhance your network, create professional relationships, or contribute to your P2 community? We encourage you to explore the many avenues available to connect with your IAP2 USA and your colleagues.
Who is Eligible?
All IAP2 USA members are eligible to participate and volunteer on a committee or task force. Nonmembers interested in volunteering are welcome to join the association online.
Why should I volunteer?
Volunteering will help you take charge of your career and broaden your knowledge. You can gain access to current events in your career area or take advantage of a safe space to learn about other areas while you have a chance to enhance your leadership skills. It’s also a great way to just have some fun while meeting new people.
2022 North American Confrence - Call for Subcommittee Members
Want to make next year’s NAC great? We need YOU to volunteer for our important subcommittees.
This committee creates the call for session proposals, looks through proposals from cutting-edge practitioners, and decides what conference-goers will learn. You’ll spend a few quick but intense months that will have a lasting impact on the practices of our colleagues. We’re looking for diverse viewpoints and lenses on the practice.
If you think another committee can benefit from your gifts additional conference committees are listed here.
If you want to be part of the planning for the 2022 IAP2 North American Conference (Sept. 14 - 16 in Banff), the volunteer deadline has been extended to November 10.
If you have any questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Certification Registration Deadline - Extended to November 1
Friday was the last day to register for for the February 25 - 26, 2022 Certified Public Participation Professional CP3 and MCP3 Virtual Assessment Center, but we will accept applications until Monday, November 1. Please let us know if you need more time.
Certification as a Public Participation professional acknowledges your adherence to a strict set of standards recognized around the world for delivering quality, meaningful public participation. It is the premier credential for public participation professionals.
The Certified Public Participation Practitioner (CP3) level competencies represent the knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, skills, behaviors, and capabilities that are indispensable to every public participation professional
To join a select number of colleagues a three-step process is used to assess candidates’ knowledge and skills:
Step One – Submit your Application and Professional Portfolio to to email@example.com.
Step Two – Preparation and submission of a Public Participation Plan in response to a case study
Step Three – Preparation for and participation in an Assessment Center.
Prepare your CP3 application form and email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions please contact us.
Featured Course - Leading Productive Groups in Public Participation
11:30 am - 2:30 p.m. Eastern
Presented by Connected Realities
Groups are composed of people and people are complicated, which often makes leading groups challenging and confusing.
This course is designed to help you learn and apply principles that will enable you to successfully lead a collaborative group effort more easily and effectively.
Collaborative processes often involve assembling ad-hoc groups or teams of people to work together on a challenge or opportunity. Planners and facilitators must bring people together around important issues working to effectively find solutions and accomplish tasks.
Le'alani S. Boykin
Webinar Recordings - Available free to Members On-Demand
The USA project of the year is the Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District, Beaverton, and unincorporated Washington County, Oregon, for their project to determine the needs of the 250,000 people served by the P&RD. They returned to the roots of the Park District -- founded by activists to create something that served everyone.
The Canadian winner was Argyle, for the "Sixties Scoop Healing Foundation". The Foundation was set up to assist Indigenous people who had been taken from their homes as children and placed with non-Indigenous foster parents. Argyle's task was to ensure that the governance and objectives of the Healing Foundation met the needs of the people it was supposed to serve.
October 22 Special Webinar - COVID-19 and the Impact on P2
The COVID-19 pandemic has made a substantial impact on public participation practices. We know that, and now, a research paper by Dr. Stephanie Yates, Professor at University of Quebec at Montreal, and Hugo Mimee, CP3, puts some data behind that. In this webinar, Stephanie and Hugo will discuss their work. They’ll share what they’ve found related to P2 in times of crisis, identify ways of adapting practices in this context, and reflect on the human challenges posed by remote participation. You’ll have a chance to give your reflections on the changing P2 landscape and how the practices developed during the crisis are likely to develop.
Members can view this and all other webinars in our Webinar Archives.
November Learning Webinar