In addition to the positive impacts on individuals that increased equity and inclusion within organizations leads to, research shows that more equitable and inclusive organizations are also more effective and that this advantage will only continue to grow as our the diversity of our country and communities increases.  Suzanne believes that organizations can achieve the most efficient impact and create the most change when they engage in equity and inclusion work from a holistic approach - one that simultaneously addresses inclusion related to racial, class, gender, and sexual identity as well as (dis)ability - rather than focusing in on one particular area of inclusion.  Suzanne believes that equity and inclusion work is most effective when the individuals engaged in it feel emotionally safe and supported, as well as challenged.  Therefore, she brings a high degree of emotional intelligence, deep understanding of group dynamics and a healthy dose of compassion and humility to this work. 

Suzanne's work supporting organizations in moving towards greater equity and inclusion both internally and externally falls into four categories:

Equity and Inclusion Advising

Organizations with a commitment to equity and inclusion sometimes need support in bringing this lens to the materials, communications and events coming out of their organization. Suzanne can provide organizations that may not have the expertise or capacity to do this close review of their materials and events with the support needed to ensure that they are communicating and programming in ways that are accessible and inclusive to the diversity of individuals that make up their constituency. While providing this service, Suzanne also supports the organization's staff in building their own muscles to do this work over the long-term. Examples of materials that Suzanne could review include: newsletters, press releases, PowerPoint decks, event or retreat plans, welcome materials, registration forms and website content, among others.

Implicit bias training

Suzanne provides half and full-day workshops that:

  • introduce the concept of implicit bias

  • lay out the brain science behind it

  • share accessible examples of the research that demonstrates its impact

  • provide concrete strategies for counteracting implicit bias

  • and provide opportunity and structure for participants to create an action plan for themselves to begin to internalize and enact this information

equity and inclusion Tool

For organizations seeking to establish a baseline for their equity and inclusion work and to identify key areas in which to focus their change efforts, Suzanne offers a copyrighted, comprehensive assessment tool that covers all of the areas of an organization's work both internal and external. The tool uses an online survey format and once it is completed, Suzanne creates a summary report that identifies both areas of existing strength for the organization in terms of equity and inclusion, as well as priority areas of growth. The tool is versatile enough that it can be used for everything from religious institutions to nonprofit organizations to schools and camps.