Building The Foundation
This 2½-day, in-person course (or 5-day virtual training, 4 hours per day) is the first step in a dynamic and rewarding journey. Diversity and inclusion work is not swift: it is an iterative process of awareness building, information gathering, analysis, vision development, planning and action. There is no magic shortcut. For both the seasoned practitioner and the newcomer, Building the Foundation frames equity, diversity, inclusion, healing justice, and liberation as a lifelong, fulfilling journey.
CDE facilitators ground in emergent practices, meeting each participant where they are in terms of their unique experiences and analysis. Throughout the course, CDE facilitators support individual participants’ in their analysis and action. We work with cohorts no larger than 20 people to allow for more meaningful interaction.
We start by creating a forum for deep learning, honest exploration and open dialogue. From there, we begin to develop an understanding of in our lives, relationships and work. We explore the many dimensions of diversity in our personal and professional interactions.
- Build self-awareness
- Develop a common language to describe the fundamental principles of
- Recognize the behaviors of racism and of inclusion
- Evaluate and acknowledge problem areas (barriers to inclusion)
- Understand the case for action
- Evaluate the impact in our work settings and our communities.
- Develop a willingness to stretch and change
- Commit to a process that is, by nature, dynamic
Building the Foundation is a precursor to Exploring Power, Privilege and Tools for Change.
Building the Foundation
An entry-point for individuals just starting out or wishing to strengthen the foundation of their equity work
Exploring Power, Privilege and Tools for Change
An intermediate course for individuals ready to take their equity work to the next level of action
Environment 2042 Leadership Program
A multi-month immersive leadership development program for individuals well-along in their equity work
The Inner Work
Courses designed for community connection and healing
A course for people in the environmental movement to identify, name and dismantle patterns of white supremacy in their lives and work