Equity Training

Creating tangible and targeted solutions to organizational equity problems

Equity Training

The Challenges

In our experience, most organizations have attempted to implement some sort of equity training, typically focusing on frameworks like diversity and inclusion. While these activities are well-intentioned, when these trainings are ineffectual or poorly managed, they can create many more problems than they solve. Organizations that attempt to create and facilitate these trainings internally without the assistance of a qualified equity consultant run the risk of providing incomplete or incorrect ideas and directives that do little-to-nothing to address the concerns of equity-seeking groups.

Further, these self-facilitated trainings can place additional burden on minority or marginalized employees who become centred in these critical conversations as “unofficial experts” because of their identities, though they may not have the capacity or knowledge to properly handle such a role. This forces these employees to step far beyond their job description and puts them at risk of being ostracized or de-professionalized by their colleagues.

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Organizations and institutions that do take the step to hire professional equity consultants must be especially careful to understand that not all equity consultants are created equally. Many are either too aggressive in their approach to training and critical conversations, causing participants to zone out, or so gentle and indirect that their trainings have no effect.

If organizations and institutions wish to see real and significant cultural change, it is essential that they choose qualified equity consultants who are able to guide trainings that deliver the truth wholly, fully, and succinctly and keep people engaged, invested, and participating.

Equity Training

Our Solutions

Kojo Institute leans on over 20 years of experience in equity consulting to develop and facilitate a training that helps organizations and their staff understand and move towards equity. Our trainings are customized to meet the particular needs of each of our clients, taking into consideration what they do, who they serve, and what issues of inequity most need to be addressed and resolved.

Whether training is delivered in a single session or over a number of days, we help leadership and staff to get clear on the social problems impacting their organization and the legacies at the root of them. All of our trainings address misconceptions about what equity is and is not and provides clarity on the relationship between frameworks staff may already be familiar with—diversity, inclusion, anti-racism, anti-oppression, etc.—and equitable outcomes.
We provide a range of resources and tools including visuals, processes, techniques, and practices to help our clients create and implement a tangible and targeted solution to their equity problems. We also suggest and recommend readings and people to follow to help staff and key changemakers deepen their analysis and understanding.

The goal of all of our training is two-fold: first, to help our clients eliminate disproportionality and disparity, both internally amongst their staff and externally for the communities they serve; and second, to get members of the dominant group more engaged and involved in critical conversations about equity even as the issues do not directly impact them.

8 Levers To Organizational, Institutional and Systems Change

  • Engaging the Board of Directors
  • Impacting Staffing Strategies
  • Examining the Accountability Framework
  • Maximizing the Use of Data
  • Implementing Fresh Training and Learning
  • Amplifying Communications Strategies
  • Widening Community and Stakeholder Relations
  • Revisting Service or Business Models

What We Do Well

  • Equity & Human Rights
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Anti-Racism & Anti-Oppression
  • Unconscious Bias
  • Employment Equity
  • Human Resources Diversity
  • Organizational Culture Change

How We Prepare You

  • Training
  • Executive Coaching
  • Community Consultations
  • Content & Research Development
  • Keynotes & Guest Lectures
  • Conferences
  • Multi-Session Programs

Building Transformation Skills

KOJO Institute leads executives, managers and organizations through an innovative approach that reconstructs their paradigms and systems connected to equity, diversity and inclusion. We amplify the vision for change through deep-dive explorations that identify the scope, segment competencies and quantify resources required to birth social innovation.

With a clear focus on client expectations, we aim to produce actionable frameworks and solutions that ultimately better the lives your people and organization. Contact us.

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