Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging for Consultants Program

In partnership with the Institute for Nonprofit Practice, we are excited to announce the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) for Consultants Program that focuses on racial equity. This is a new cohort-based program designed for nonprofit consultants who are particularly interested in honing their skill and confidence in integrating a racial equity lens into their work with clients.

Over the course of eight sessions, participants will gain insights into the evolving field of DEIB practice, engage with key frameworks, and apply learnings to their own practice all within a learning community of peers.

Are you interested in building your understanding and integrating a racial equity lens into your work for your clients? If so, are you:

  • A practicing consultant with four or more years of experience?
  • Enthusiastic about deepening the work of your nonprofit clients to create more inclusive and equitable organizational cultures?
  • Excited to learn with and from peers in a cohort-based experience?
  • Curious and willing to explore your practice and personal background?
  • Looking to engage in difficult conversations with peers and prepared to learn through self-reflection?
  • Eager to learn more about systems of oppression and the impact of structural inequities specific to race and ethnicity?

Then this program is for you. Whether your client work focuses on fundraising, financial management, event planning, marketing, or organizational development, this program will help hone your practice.

In addition to race, gender identity and sexual orientation, we aim to select a cohort that is also diverse in functional expertise and experience. Our goal is to help you build your skill, confidence, and knowledge base for the rest of your career.

Cost, Participant, and Program information

The fall 2021 class fee is $1,000 for eight sessions. Upon completion, program participants will receive a certificate of professional development from the Institute for Nonprofit Practice.

Sessions will be three hours in duration from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm ET. All sessions will be held virtually from October 2021 to February 2022.

Participants must commit to attending all eight sessions.

Session Schedule:

Session 1: Orientation October 29  
Session 2 November 5  
Session 3 November 19  
Session 4 December 3  
Session 5 December 10  
Session 6 January 7, 2022  
Session 7 January 21, 2022  
Session 8: Closing February 11, 2022  

Sessions will begin with a candid discussion about the role of the consultant in advancing DEIB practices and behaviors with their clients. The sessions will progress through a series of topics including power and privilege, othering and belonging, antiracism, and implicit bias. Participants will engage in facilitated peer coaching to surface and problem-solve around situations present in each consultant’s practice using our highly regarded case method model and the principles of appreciative inquiry. In addition to the sessions, participants will be provided a robust set of readings and activities to incorporate into their practice.


Applications for the current cohort are closed. Please sign up for our mailing list to receive updates on future cohorts.