Advancing Racial Justice in Organizations: Equipping your Race, Equity, and Inclusion Team to Lead Organizational Change

A cohort-based learning experience for internal equity teams that are leading organizations to operationalize racial justice in their day-to-day work.

Who is this experience designed for?

This capacity-building offering is designed for teams of 5-6 people from an organization or network who are, or are planning to facilitate racial equity work. The ideal team will include members of your new or ongoing Race, Equity, and Inclusion Team plus other key leaders, including senior staff, Board members, and other highly engaged stakeholders. The application form is designed to be completed collaboratively, as a group.

Please note that this experience is a capacity-building intervention for your Race (or Diversity), Equity, and Inclusion Team, not your entire staff. As you design your change process, you may determine that you need to offer learning opportunities for all staff. In this program you’ll learn about resources to facilitate different kinds of learning and planning activities.

What does the experience include?

This cohort experience is an exciting opportunity to learn with your colleagues (you’ll come with a team of five or six people), leaders of other groups (the cohort will include four organizations or networks), and IISC’s team (an experienced pair of consultant/trainers). The experience includes:

  • An in-depth application process with prompts to guide your team’s thinking about organization’s readiness, assets, and challenges
  • In-depth pre-work assignments to continue exploring your organizational and personal strengths and growing edges
  • A webinar to establish shared language and analysis
  • A two-day workshop to learn together
  • A virtual peer coaching session
  • Two virtual coaching sessions with the IISC team

What are the outcomes and deliverables for participating teams?

By the end of this learning experience, participants will be able to:

  1. Use language and analysis of institutional and structural racism that are commonly used in the field
  2. Clarify and build buy-in for the importance of addressing racism in your organization and in your program/issue areas
  3. Articulate the importance of collaboration to develop action steps for operationalizing racial equity in your organization
  4. Develop an effective case for addressing racism and for pursuing racial justice in your organization
  5. Identify key roles for your ongoing Race, Equity, and Inclusion team
  6. Consult racial equity resources to identify tools, protocols, and more for use in your organization
  7. Map out a collaborative race equity change process for your organization and refine that map using stakeholder feedback
  8. Use an assessment tool to facilitate your own internal equity audit  
  9. Build relationships and offer and receive peer coaching from other cohort members

Program Costs

The registration fee to participate in the Advancing Racial Justice in Organizations cohort is $13,500 for the team (not based on per-person costs). Costs associated with travel to Boston for the in-person workshop training are the responsibility of each participating organization, and are not included in the team registration fee.

Payment schedule: Once applicants are accepted, a non-refundable deposit of $6,750 is due by Friday, February 28, (5 p.m. eastern time). The balance of $6,750 is due by Monday, March 13, (5 p.m. eastern time).

Cohort Activities and Important Dates (all times are eastern time zone)

Successful participation in this program requires all cohort team members to participate in all cohort activities. IISC’s expectation is that your cohort team will review these requirements and commit to full participation in 2020 as part of the application process.

February 7, 2020 5:00 p.m. ET Applications due
February 14, 2020 5:00 p.m. ET IISC announces selected participants and wait list.
February 21, 2020 5:00 p.m. ET Selected applicants confirm participation.
February 24, 2020 5:00 p.m. ET If any selected applicants do not confirm, waitlisted groups will be invited to the cohort.
March 12, 2019 1:00-3:00 p.m. ET Introduction Webinar. We will begin the learning process with a 90-minute  webinar that will cover basic concepts related to race, racism, equity, and more in order to help cohort members build a shared analysis.
March 19-20 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET Each day. In-person Workshop. During the workshop, we will dive deeper into  how the core concepts relate to various aspects of organizational life (including organizational culture, communications, and operations).   This workshop will be hosted in Boston. Please plan your travel so that you can attend for entire two-day session. For some teams, that may mean traveling on March 18 and departing on March 21.
Teams will select from dates in April 2020. See application for details.     Peer Coaching. To support integration of the materials as well as deepen ongoing peer relationships, each team will participate in one two-hour session with two-three other organizations from the cohort. These sessions will be facilitated by the consultant/trainer team.
Teams will select one session in June and one session in September/ October. See application for details. Consultant Coaching. To further support integration of the materials learning in the webinar and workshop, each team will have two one-hour virtual follow-up sessions with the consultant/trainer team.

Download additional information and the application. Please note that you will have to enable macros to view/download the application.

Questions? Contact Sara Oaklander at

A note for those who have participated in the one-day public workshop

If you participated in our one-day workshop Advancing Racial Justice, you might be wondering if it’s worth your time to attend this special cohort experience. We’d say yes, and here’s why. 

  • While some of the materials will be a review for you, those items are worth reviewing.
  • You will explore new race equity strategies focused on moving your work forward.
  • You will go deeper into the skills and tools of collaboration required to design and facilitate organizational change processes. 
  • You will dig deeper into your organization’s current reality and desired future, together with your team.
  • You will leave the workshop with a concrete plan for moving your process forward.
  • For several months following the workshop, you’ll receive coaching from peers as well as IISC trainers.

And, you’ll do all of this with a team that can continue to move together once this process is completed.