Better Nonprofit Management Series

Moving Beyond Diversity to Inclusion

Thursday, October 18, 2018
9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Trina Jackson

Fee: $109 (Full day, lunch is included)

Workshop Description

How do organizations create an environment where people feel they can actively participate, and where their contributions are respected and valued? This workshop is about taking that next step toward moving beyond the individualism of diversity to the systemic and cultural change needed to build inclusive organizations.

Learning objectives

  • Sharing of best practices on how to move from representation to inclusion
  • Understanding the role of implicit bias and impact on leadership, hiring, staffing and decision-making
  • Learning to have courageous conversations about race
  • The role of intentionality — orientation to an inclusive culture that is self-perpetuating through organizational systems, policies, and practices

Discussion-based learning

  • The commitment and leadership needed throughout this long process
  • Developing awareness about white dominant cultural norms and bias against people of color
  • Understanding micro-aggressions
  • Differentiating between diversity and inclusion
  • Understanding power and privilege
  • Defining institutional racism and its manifestations within an organization
  • Creating safe spaces for courageous and difficult conversations about race
  • Allowing for the co-creation of ideas

Target audience

Staff at all levels of an organization can benefit from this training which examines the basic concepts and distinctions between diversity, inclusion and equity. Organizations that are at the early stages of considering how diversity, inclusion and equity are integrated into their work or beginning an internal process will also benefit.

About the Trainer

Trina Jackson has nearly 20 years of community-based experience as an organizer, facilitator, and strategist in the social justice movement. Her background includes activism within communities of color in Boston and working with nonprofits, facilitating community dialogues, and consulting on issues of anti-oppression, civic engagement, economic justice, racial justice, leadership development, collaboration, and movement building.

Trina's approach is to explore the intersections of sociopolitical identity and the lived experience; to work for structural and institutional change; to use reflective, participatory and cultural practices for deeper connections between communities directly impacted by oppression; and to construct new narratives which advance social transformation and achieve justice for all.

She is currently the Community Engagement Manager at TSNE MissionWorks and led the organization’s grantmaking program, the Inclusion Initiative, from 2013-2018. She also co-coordinates a community-based grassroots project, the Network of Immigrant and African American Solidarity (NIAAS), which seeks to build solidarity between African Americans and immigrants of color through storytelling.

Deeply committed to global struggles for social justice, Trina traveled to Palestine and Israel in October 2014 as part of an African Heritage Delegation with Interfaith Peace-Builders to identify common issues and forge relationships with Palestinians and other communities of color around human rights.

Trina also produced “Grown By Herself, a multimedia project honoring the rituals, practices, and stories of black women gardeners and farmers. She is writer, nature photographer, traveler, and yoga practitioner. She holds a B.A in Sociology from Goddard College.


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Unless otherwise noted, all workshops are held on the 2nd Floor Conference Center at the NonProfit Center, conveniently located in Downtown Boston at 89 South Street, Boston 02111 near South Station. For detailed directions please visit