The reach of inequity in private organizations is often internal, primarily affecting their staff. However, when the policies and decision- making of government institutions are not reflective of an equity context, the repercussions are far more widespread, impacting both the people who work within them and the constituents in the communities they govern. These institutions, historically built on the legacies of slavery, colonialism, patriarchy, capitalism, the theft and conquest of the Americas, and religious universalism, perpetuate and uphold systemic oppression that acts as a barrier to equity-seeking groups.
Despite these realities, these spaces were constructed and operate as if this oppression does not exist. As such, there are no mechanisms for naming, reporting, or correcting systemic issues internally or externally. This means that staff are not safe to voice their concerns without fear of retribution, and community members from marginalized populations have no means by which to make their concerns about policies heard. When oppressive practices or discrimination occurs, they are able to continue unacknowledged and unchecked.
Kojo Institute works with government departments and ministries, bureaucrats and elected officials to ensure they are keeping the right people and issues in mind as they function to decrease the harm they can pose to marginalized communities. We provide our clients this social context by collecting the feedback of their constituents through both qualitative and quantitative methods such as community consultations, focus groups, and disaggregated identity data analysis.
This data is used to identify key issues that need to be addressed, and strategize, implement, and facilitate policy change and decision-making for more equitable outcomes. Our work includes providing these institutions with shared language, definitions, and frameworks so the entire staff can talk about and work towards equity in the same way. With the correct social context in place and equity as the goal of their operation, our clients move towards more equitable outcomes for the marginalized communities they serve. As a result, they are also able to improve community relations and earn the trust of their constituents.
- 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
- Equity & Human Rights
- Diversity & Inclusion
- Anti-Racism & Anti-Oppression
- Unconscious Bias
- Employment Equity
- Human Resources Diversity
- Organizational Culture Change
- Executive Coaching
- Community Consultations
- Content & Research Development
- Keynotes & Guest Lectures
- Multi-Session Programs
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.
We thought we already had a pretty good handle on equity, diversity, inclusion and unconscious bias, but Kike’s presentation was enlightening. I have used her concepts several times since. Her style is energetic and engaging and she has a very positive manner. Our thirteen board members were engrossed by her work. Extremely effective.
Kike Ojo has the depth, knowledge and experience to engage participants of diverse backgrounds with highly complex subject matters that are relevant to all organizations. The sheer brilliance of her mind and ability to connect ideas is masterful, which allows everyone in the room to powerful moments of learning.
Kike’s style of facilitation and training is extremely effective; she provides the raw truth wrapped in empathy and understanding. She helped Peel establish a strong and lasting focus on anti-oppressive practices resulting in Peel leading the way across the Province.
I rate Kike’s influence as one of the most substantial in the development of MSW students. She engages them with interesting ideas and invites their participation in dialogue, stretches them to consider what needs to change in organizations to ensure that children and youth of colour get a fair start in life.
The Diversity & Equity training session delivered by Kojo Institute had our participants locked, leaning in and totally focused. Kike was phenomenal!
Often people say Anti-racism and Anti-oppression training does not work. After Kike’s training session for OCAD University academic leaders, we have had hard follow up conversations about “where are the fences” in our institution. This was possible because of the foundation, concepts and language that Kike provided us.