The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.
Julie Ryno is the white adoptive parent of two African-American children. Professionally, Ms Ryno retired in 2022 as the National Sales Manager for Diversified Woodcrafts, Inc. Ms Ryno co-founded Umoja in 2005 with Dr. Bola Delano because there were no black heritage camps in the Midwest at the time. She has used her marketing skills to develop the camp, while Dr. Delano worked on the programming for the heritage experience. In addition to Umoja, Ms Ryno has been a board member for African Heritage Inc., the Council for Art Education, the Hands On Science Partnership and Ed Market Association Board of Directors. In 2012 Ms Ryno was awarded the Champion of Adoption Award by the state of Wisconsin for her work with Umoja. In 2019 Mr Ryno received the highest award in the education marketplace; The David McCurragh Award.
Dr. Bola Delano-Oriaran is currently Divisional Dean for Social Sciences, Professor of Education and Director of Student-Teaching Abroad at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin. Delano-Oriaran is the founder and co-founder of numerous initiatives, including African Heritage, Inc., Umoja, a Black Heritage program for transracial families with Black/African-American children and the African Heritage Emerging Student Leaders Institute. She is the recipient of numerous awards on diversity issues and community change, including the 2020 Ethics in Action Award, Sister Joel Read Civic Engagement Practitioner Award, the City of Appleton’s Toward Community Unity in Diversity Award, St. Norbert College’s Scholarship Award, the Wisconsin State Human Relations Association’s Outstanding Human Relations Educator Award, and St. Norbert College’s Bishop Morneau Community Service Award. She was also recognized as one of the 28 most influential African-Americans in Wisconsin.
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UMOJA INCBoard of directors
as of 01/30/2024
Board of directors data
Term: 2024 - 2011
Board leadership practices
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Board orientation and educationDoes the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
CEO oversightHas the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
Ethics and transparencyHave the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
Board compositionDoes the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
Board performanceHas the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes
Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.
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Race & ethnicity
Equity strategiesLast updated: 01/30/2024
- We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
- We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
- We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
- We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
- We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
- We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
- We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
- We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
- We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
- We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.