DIA: Building Inclusive & Equitable Organizations



Organizations are waking up to the reality that diversity and inclusion work requires more than checking boxes and having a diversity strategic plan that sits in a drawer or looks pretty on a website.

Maybe you’ve realized that for these efforts to truly work they have to live and breathe in every department and line of business –not just HR. Building inclusive organizations requires effort from everyone. When your organization is focused on checking boxes you miss out on opportunities to create equity.

An organization or business that prioritizes inclusion and equity cares about diverse perspectives and experiences and ensures that everyone across all identities (race, gender, class, sexual orientation, ability, etc) is welcomed, respected, supported and valued.

We want to help you create cultures, organizations and businesses that prioritize inclusion and equity.

When we (individuals and companies) aren’t engaging with and learning from people who are different from us our worldview becomes skewed.

We see our reality as the reality.

All of this has tangible impacts –from recruitment and hiring practices, retention, marketing and communications, sales, and R&D.

Diversity is an Asset: Building Inclusive and Equitable Organizations will help you develop specific ways to champion diversity, equity, and inclusion work within your organization or business on interpersonal and systemic levels.

This is no typical diversity training.


Get ready to learn the following:

  • How your biases influence your interactions and decision making at work
  • How to champion inclusion efforts and help your organization create a powerful diversity statement (and live up to it)
  • How dominant culture (white supremacy) shows up in our workplaces
  • How to build diverse professional networks (and hiring pipelines) with intention
  • What hiring, retention, marketing, and strategic planning look like using an inclusion and equity framework
  • Handling conflict, making mistakes and having difficult conversations
  • Effective ways to bring more diversity, equity, and inclusion into your personal and professional lives


Logistics + What to Expect

  • The class meets four times, once a week for 90 minutes, 7:00-8:30pm ET, each Wednesday in March: 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28. Classes will be taught by Desiree Adaway, Jessica Fish and Ericka Hines.


  • Classes will be recorded but we highly recommend you participate live.


  • Participants will have access to our Community of Practice via a Facebook group.


  • Action packs for each week that will share additional resources.



Class One: Foundations

  • The cycle of socialization
  • Key terms and why they are important when you are trying to do this work
  • Discover what your hidden biases are, and six ways to mitigate them
  • Recognize everyday microaggressions and understand why it’s important to listen more and speak less when embracing diversity and inclusion
  • Personal and social identities: what yours are and how they impact how you relate to co-workers, clients and partners


Class Two: Assessment and Tools for Change

  • Identify and navigate through the four levels of racism and oppression
  • Assessment: How to determine where your organization/business is on the anti-oppression scale
  • How to write and live Diversity and Inclusion Statements that matter
  • How to build networks and hiring pipelines with intention that prioritize diversity


Class Three: Cultivating a Deeper Analysis and Handling Conflict

  • How dominant culture (with an emphasis on white supremacy) manifests within organizations
  • Identify ways to use your privilege inside of your business or organization to champion diversity, equity and inclusion at structural and systemic levels
  • Strategies for recognizing and dealing with resistance to change and how to have difficult conversations effectively -especially around identity (race, class, gender, etc)
  • How to apologize when you/your org messes up


Class Four: Infusing Equity Across Your Organization or Business

  • In this class, everything you have learned will be woven together to look at the following from an inclusion, equity and anti-oppression lens:
    • Hiring
    • Retention and performance reviews and bias
    • Marketing
    • Strategic Planning


Optional: Whiteness Roundtable

This session serves as an opportunity for participants who identify as white to debrief and discuss ways to hold each other accountable to creating and sustaining and actively anti-racist organizations/businesses.


Part of an Organization: Why We Recommend Taking this Course with Colleagues

Because it takes collaboration to shift organizational cultures, and folks need support in doing this work. We believe it is important to have a team working on this, so when multiple folks sign up from your organization you will get all the materials outlined above plus:

  • A team debrief call with the course facilitators in April
  • A collateral review of 2 items from the following list:
    • Diversity and Inclusion Statement
    • Job Announcement
    • Homepage
    • About Page
    • Newsletter


Part of a Small Business: We Have You Covered

We understand the unique situation you are in and all of our materials are created with the knowledge that folks from larger organizations to small businesses will be implementing these principles and tools. We’ve worked with a lot of small businesses, non-profits and solopreneurs to implement equity frameworks into their work. If you have any concerns about the curriculum in relation to your company please send us an email!




  • $499.00


  • $450.00 per person when your organization signs up 2-4 people
  • $400.00 per person when your organization signs up 5 or more people

*Sign up via Paypal at the bottom of this page.*

On the fence? If you have ever asked yourself any of these questions, DIA is for you.

  • I’m ready to help my organization/company get serious about being inclusive and equitable, but where do I start?
  • My company says they value diversity but they haven’t done anything about it. What can I do?
  • How can I make the case to fund and support diversity and inclusion work in a meaningful way?
  • Dealing with systemic oppression seems overwhelming and depressing, what can I do as one person?
  • I’m embarrassed my professional network isn’t diverse, but how do I change it?
  • My colleagues/clients/partners sometimes say offensive things; how can I interject in a productive way?

Interested in what former participants had to say?

“Ericka and Desiree bring rigor, compassion, and broad experience to the conversation about diversity. Their course will challenge and enlighten you, and it will also equip you with concrete, actionable strategies and tactics that are well within reach of any individual or organization no matter how small or large.”  -Molly

“How often do we get the opportunity to take a class that completely alters our view of how we perceive the world? This class has awakened me to my own privilege, how my ideals aren’t always consistent with my actions, and also my responsibility to use what I’ve learned as a springboard to become more informed, to be in action … even knowing that I will be uncomfortable and that that is part of creating real change.” -Amanda

“I had been searching for this kind of course, but nobody was offering it.  DIA delivered an excellent education on difference, diversity and equity and their business value!” -Peter

“DO IT! This course was challenging and rich with learning. Desiree, Jessica and Ericka are skilled teachers and facilitators – creating the container for us to do deep and brave work. The FB group continues to be so useful and supportive and I am grateful for the experience and for the new connections I’ve formed.” -Carmen

Email if you have questions

We can’t wait to work with you!

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