Studies have shown that Black and Indigenous people are overrepresented in several areas of the criminal justice system in both Canada and the US, including stop-and-frisks, arrests, and incarceration. The 2006 Canadian census, in combination with 2008 federal correctional data showed that Black people made up 7.4% of incarcerated individuals and Indigenous people accounted for 17%, despite only comprising 2.5% and 3.8% of the national population. Additional studies by criminology professor Scot Wortley revealed that these groups were also more likely to involved in police-initiated interactions, like carding, in several cities across Canada, indicating an issue of racial profiling. Over the last few decades, marginalized groups have voiced concerns and issued claims about the discrimination their communities have been facing in this sector.
While many, if not most police forces are engaging in “community work,” those activities are often more focused on how they are engaging with and being an asset to the community through things like lunch programs and sporting events, rather than how they are serving and impacting citizens in their official capacity as law enforcement. The efforts these organizations are undertaking fail to define their social problems, consider the issues of equity-seeking groups, and disregard the data that identifies their key problem areas.
KOJO Institute works with organizations and institutions in the law enforcement & criminal justice sector to provide step-by-step direction for achieving equitable outcomes. Using disaggregated data analysis, we guide clients to identify disproportionalities and acknowledge their impact on marginalized and equity-seeking groups in their communities. We introduce an equity-imperative to help our clients focus their efforts on building strategies to eliminate disparity and disproportionality using the appropriate frameworks for equity.
When necessary, we facilitate community consultations that allow for the communities most impacted by discriminatory policing to voice their concerns and recommend solutions in a forum where their feedback is valued. With these equity-centric strategies in place, the organizations and institutions we work with begin to reduce and eliminate disproportionate surveillance, arrests, and incarceration rates.
- 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
- Anti-Black Racism
- 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.
Kike visited House of Friendship for a Leadership/Management training session last June. It was incredible and life-changing for many of us. Kike’s gift to the world is to be able to openly name and allow us to sit in the discomfort of this work, holding us accountable, but also not judging anyone. She created a…
The London Police Services Board asked Ms. Ojo-Thompson from the KOJO Institute to start off a day-long strategy session devoted to anti-racism in policing. Her presentation hit on all the right notes. In addition to challenging the Board to question long standing assumptions that are built upon racist legacies, she guided Board members towards actionable… read more
Laidlaw Foundation had the privilege and pleasure of having Kike Ojo-Thompson support our collective staff and board anti-oppression training. Our individual levels of awareness and competency on the issue was from ‘none’ to ‘well versed’. Regardless of where we were on the spectrum of knowing, she supported all of us, with patience and enthusiasm. Even… read more
Kike exceeded our expectations at Salesforce. She dynamically navigated audience demographics to provide extremely relevant Equity Training that stimulated immense conversation and insight. Her teachings should be at the centre of every organization’s strategy moving forward. I can’t wait to work with her again!
We thought we already had a pretty good handle on equity, diversity, inclusion and Anti-Black Racism, 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.