Equipping your team with approaches for leading innovation with an equity mindset


January 16th 2020

Does your organization have a diversity, equity, and inclusion initiative that aspires to make organizational changes? Are you part of that initiative, or separately leading equity work in your own teams, but are not sure how to turn value-based learning and dialogue, into active strategy development and concrete action? Ever wish you or the team had more strategies and skills for moving your organization from affirming equity concepts to adopting practices and institutional shifts?

OneJustice is delighted to announce the second round of the Innovation track of the cohort based learning program the Organizational Change Accelerators, this year expressly focusing on diversity equity and inclusion outcomes. By partnering with organizational equity consultants and legal aid peers to provide coaching and perspectives, OneJustice will provide a cohort of legal aid teams with wraparound learning and training at the intersection of equity principles and innovation leadership.

What’s the relationship between innovation and diversity equity and inclusion?

We know that operationalizing racial justice and equity values requires not just insight and information but also changes to organizational culture, systems, processes, and practices. Whether you are leading an organization or part of a committee making decisions as a team, you need to have a careful implementation plan that appreciates the need for buy-in and a roll-out plan that is realistic and emotionally intelligent. To do this, stakeholders can benefit from learning methods of innovation and change management which come with dedicated frameworks, processes, and practices for leading action on big ideas.

This cohort experience is an exciting opportunity to learn with your colleagues (you’ll come with a team of two or more), leaders of other groups (the cohort is designed for four-eight other organizations), and OneJustice’s team and nonprofit partners. The experience includes:

  • An introduction to different assessments for individual and organizational readiness for diversity, equity, and inclusion work
  • Highly interactive deep learning workshops designed to support concepts and skills to lead equity related changes at your organization, from team building, planning, implementing, and evaluating
  • An in-depth Capstone Project to apply learnings toward a priority project at your organization
  • Coaching sessions to support implementation throughout the program

For more information about the Accelerators, check out this Powtoon:

You can download more information and the application at onejustice.org/oca.  If you would like to explore this opportunity further or have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me at rmangiliman@one-justice.org!

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