From the City of Cambridge, Aug. 25: As part of its overall commitment to diversity and to continue to develop cultural competencies of the workforce, the city is requesting proposals to develop and deliver a sexual orientation and gender identity cultural competency training program that will be offered to approximately 1,200 employees. The deadline to submit has been extended to Sept. 29.

The program is intended to enhance the awareness, skills and effectiveness of employees, supervisors and managers of city departments in regard to those issues.

Consistent with other related trainings offered by the city, the overall goal is to build additional capacity in cultural competencies, emphasize the City’s commitments to inclusiveness within the diverse workforce; and advance human rights. More specific goals for this program are to provide sensitivity training on SOGI issues to city employees, as well as to remove barriers for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning individuals.

The main objectives of the training are to identify key issues, including gender, stigma, inclusiveness and equity of LGBTQ communities and ensure city employees are familiar with related concepts, terminology and issues, city policies regarding the issues and workplace expectations to value diversity; prepared to facilitate engagement between city employees, key stakeholders, community-based organizations and residents; and better able to identify opportunities to address those issues issues in the delivery of city services.

Interested vendors should submit a proposal to design and deliver the SOGI Cultural Competency Training as described in a request for proposals here.