Session 3D: Operationalizing Equity: Creating an Inclusive Culture & Interrupting Bias

Track: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

As organizations strive to integrate equity into everything they do, everyone within the organization has an important role to play. Being successful in this space requires individuals to model inclusive behavior and empathy and lead with a lens of equity. Presenters will explore what it takes to build an inclusive team by implementing equitable processes, as well as generating and supporting organizational accountability toward building equity.

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Session 3D: Operationalizing Equity: Creating an Inclusive Culture & Interrupting Bias
06/06/2022 at 8:00 AM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
06/06/2022 at 8:00 AM (EDT)   |  60 minutes As organizations strive to integrate equity into everything they do, everyone within the organization has an important role to play. Being successful in this space requires individuals to model inclusive behavior and empathy and lead with a lens of equity. Presenters will explore what it takes to build an inclusive team by implementing equitable processes, as well as generating and supporting organizational accountability toward building equity.
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Bryan Jackson

Senior Consultant, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Nonprofit HR

Bryan W. Jackson provides subject matter expert advice, insight and strategic direction to clients. He oversees complex client engagements, manages projects to completion and designs and facilitates DEI training solutions and assessment services to partners and stakeholders. As a passionate trainer and driven operations and people leader, Bryan has worked with the Washington Nationals baseball team, Arlington Public Library System and the Alexandria Department of Human Services. His expertise is grounded in assessing and developing policies, resources and programs to promote principles and practices of justice, diversity, equity and inclusion within organizations and beyond. Bryan also has experience in providing executive coaching, strategic planning supports and ongoing staff development to promote organizational behaviors that created an inclusive and diverse professional environment. When working with boards, Bryan helps senior leaders identify areas of growth related to equitable practices and create facilitated professional development workshops to address these needs. In addition, he has provided oversight and support for racial affinity groups within organizations and DEI best practices to support the longterm sustainability of this work. Developing and promoting policies aligned with social justice principles and equitable practices at the individual and organizational level through advocacy, professional learning and strategic partnerships have been consistent driving factors for Bryan throughout his career. This passion has guided his work within for-profit, nonprofit and educational organizations over the last 15 years. Bryan has been recognized and featured in several publications for educational excellence, community leadership and racial and social justice initiatives and served on several committees and boards. In addition to academic and organizational excellence, Bryan consistently prioritizes the inclusion of community stakeholders, centering their voices and stories as integral to the work. Throughout his career, Bryan has been invited to share best practices as a guest lecturer at a multitude of universities including his alma maters Teachers College Columbia University (MA) and the University of Minnesota (BS), where he was recognized as the William E. Gardner Pre-K Outstanding Educator in 2011. Bryan’s lectures have addressed the importance of race equity, social, justice, social-emotional learning, teacher quality, school leadership, community connectedness, solid professional mentorship, child resilience and the significance of males of color in teaching roles. In addition to these awards and honors, Bryan is also a 2017 Surge Institute Fellow.

Rachael Forester (she/they)

Senior DEI Consultant

Nonprofit HR

Dr. Rachael Forester provides subject matter expert advice, insight and strategic direction to clients. She oversees complex client engagements, manages projects to completion and designs and facilitates DEI training solutions and assessment services to partners and stakeholders. Rachael has been doing equity work in higher education for about ten years. Rachael most recently served as the Associate Director of the Office of Identity, Equity and Engagement at UNC Charlotte where she also obtained her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership in Higher Education, focusing on racial equity. Prior to UNC Charlotte, Rachael served as the assistant director for multicultural life and diversity at SUNY Cortland. As a critical whiteness scholar, Rachael’s research includes understanding and deconstructing whiteness to promote racial equity. In 2020, Rachael started a free, international white accountability group to assist white people in doing critical self-work as change agents for racial equity and to assist organizations in creating transformative equity practice to shift policies, practices, procedures and culture. She also serves on a multi-university research team exploring the experiences of LGBTQ+ identified students’ experiences within STEM and has published on the topics of activism, LGBTQ+ experiences and race. In addition, Rachael serves as affiliate faculty for both undergraduate and graduate students, where she teaches on social activism, race and racism, and educational leadership. In 2021, Rachael received the Young Distinguished Alumni Award from her alma mater, SUNY Cortland, as a two-time alumni where she received her undergraduate degree in Early Childhood and Childhood Education and her master’s degree in English as a Second Language. As a social justice educator, Rachael believes social change occurs through a critical understanding of self as it relates to our dominant and minoritized identities and how those identities are connected to systems of power, privilege and oppression. Her personal philosophy includes being hard on systems and soft on people as she strives to expand participation on the journey towards collective liberation. Pronouns: She/they