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
- 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.