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a Catalyst for Social Change

Applegate Consulting Group is an organization development (OD) practice that assists national and international nonprofit organizations, government agencies and socially responsible for-profit corporations with developing human and organizational capacity and building a more just and equitable society.


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Beth Applegate contributed to a recently published book
on cultural competency

Author: Patricia St Onge
Beth Applegate, Vicki Asakura, Monika K. Moss, Brigette Rouson, Alfredo Vergara-Lobo

Publication Date:
July 15, 2009
 ISBN: 978-0-940069-68-8
Publisher: Fieldstone Alliance
Pages: 272
Price: $29.95

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There is no such thing as a “how-to” manual on cultural competency. It’s an ongoing journey organizations choose to take because they know the end-result is a more inclusive, connected, and effective organization. This forthcoming book by the Alliance for Nonprofit Management collects the voices of many nonprofit leaders and capacity builders to help nonprofit organizations begin to understand the complexity within diverse communities.

Through a range of methods—literature review, personal interviews, peer dialogue, insights of contributing authors—readers get a mosaic of perspectives that surround cultural competency. Plus, the book presents the insights of authors who represent five major ethnic communities in the United States: Asian/Pacific Islander, American Indian, African American, White, and Latino. [Read Press Release]


Kelley School of Business 

Beginning in October 2013, Beth Applegate will serve as one of five coaches for the Kelley School of Business, Kelley Executive Partners Indiana Effective Leaders Academy. This program is run in conjunction with Indiana University's School of Education.


Polarity Thinking Learning Community 

Beth Applegate will be co-facilitating a session with Barry Johnson at the Polarity Thinking Learning Community. Polarities are interdependent pairs and are a natural part of the energy systems in which we live and work. This energy is free and belongs to everyone and can be leveraged if you can see it. The  Johnson Applegate session will focus on how to leverage key polarities to interrupt white privilege in order to claim our humanity. 


White Privilege Conference Presenter

Beth Applegate will be co-presenting with Barry Johnson at the annual White Privilege Conference in  April of 2013 in Seattle, Washington. Applegate and Johnson will use polarity management theory to examine what polarities are and how they can help us interrupt White Privilege. Polarities are interdependent pairs and are a natural part of the energy systems in which we live and work. This energy is free and belongs to everyone and can be leveraged if you can see it. During our session we will learn to identify and leverage the tension (conflict) within the freedom and equality polarity in  relation to the conference theme this year - the color of money- and participants will also identify a  learning partner to continue the work after the conference.


Mayor Appoints Applegate to Human Rights Commission

Bloomington Mayor, Mark Kruzan appointed Beth Applegate to serve a two-year term on the Bloomington Human Rights Commission. The Human Rights Commission is designed to enforce Bloomington's Human Rights Ordinance in a fair and timely manner, to educate community members about their rights and responsibilities under various civil rights laws, to raise awareness on all human rights issues, to ensure that contractors and subcontractors on city jobs pay employees applicable common wages, to ensure that the City, as an employer, governmental entity and provider of public accommodations, complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and to provide the community with information about the ADA. 


Department of Defense Third Party Education Assessment

Beth Applegate was selected to join a team to conduct a Department of Defense third party education assessment of DeVry University. The assessment included a review of agreements including the Department of Defense Voluntary Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding, and other background information as directed; onsite interviews and other data collection and a written summary of findings with recommendations.

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