The Strategic Team for Authentic Diversity (STAD) is a coalition of rostered leaders and those preparing for rostered leadership in our synod working towards authentic diversity in our synod through resourcing rostered leaders with education and resources that enable us to dismantle white supremacy in ourselves, our congregations and the wider church. Noticing an increased desire for antiracist education in the synod, we gather to provide resources for people working for change. Our name comes from the Strategy for Authentic Diversity, which was approved at Churchwide Assembly 2019, and our goals and work are intertwined with the goals of the strategy.

STAD offers monthly video calls for Rostered Ministers on selected topics in the areas of white supremacy and racism, an always expanding list of resources listed below, advocates for education and policy at the synod and national level, and the white members of the team are available for consultation or resourcing. Join these calls on the Second Thursday of the month at 12noon-1pm. Get the link from our Rostered Leaders Facebook page - or contact the synod office- we will send you a link!
Covenanted Partners (to-date): Darla DeFrance, Lara Forbes, Chelsea Globe, Kacey Hahn, Ivar Hillesland, Dianne Johnson, Tim Oleson, Priscilla Paris-Austin, Jana Schofield. Reach out to the team by email.
Here are downloadable resources curated by the team:
Intercultural Development Inventory
The Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) is a means for people and organizations to be assessed on their intercultural competency and how they navigate difference. Individuals who take the IDI receive a personalized report, an individual debrief, and a developmental plan. If you or your church are interested in participating or receiving more information you may contact Pastor Ivar Hillesland. Read about the IDI at  Here is a recording of a presentation shared with rostered leaders in our synod using this resource.
ELCA Antiracism Pledge - Learn more & sign the pledge.