Institutional Equity I: Shift your outcomes by shifting your systems

Starts: January 30, 2020 9:00 am | Ends: January 30, 2020 12:00 pm

Please note the updated location. We moved the training to make space for people on the wait list.

Take this training alone or register for BOTH this AND Institutional Equity II for the full 1.5-day package.

Your workplace is full of good intentions about racial and social justice, but your outcomes don’t tell that story. Sound familiar? This is the story of all too many of our organizations.

The focus of this institutional equity series is to help you see the choices you and your organization make and learn how to foster and engage an applied equity analysis to align your outcomes with your intentions.

Together, we will:

  • Examine the difference between equity and equality
  • Introduce our sun model, which illustrates how your agency’s values and practices lead directly to your outcomes
  • Apply a simple equity analysis to a key organizational issue and brainstorm actions you can take to shift toward racial equity in your outcomes


While the concepts are applicable to interrupting multiple systemic oppressions, this training will focus on racial equity rooted in contemporary and historical analysis of anti-Blackness, intersectionality, and systems of white supremacy. 

Registration Details:

Regular registration: The fee for this workshop is $120. We ask each person to pay what you are able. Space is limited. Register here

Work Trade: We also offer a work-trade slot that will allow one participant to attend both the January 30 and January 31 workshops (see below) for free in exchange for assistance with setup, cleanup, purchasing refreshments with RNW funds, etc. Deadline to apply is January 6. Apply for work trade here.

Date: Thursday, January 30, 9:00am-12:00pm

Location: Portland State University, Smith Memorial Student Union 328/329, 1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201

Served by transit. We’ll send further accessibility information to those who register, including links to parking options.

Food: We’ll provide coffee, tea, and a continental breakfast. You are also welcome to bring your own food.

Go deeper with institutional equity

This training meets the prerequisite for our other trainings on institutional equity. These require separate registration:

Institutional Equity II: Leading change, shifting systems, a full-day training. Next session Friday, January 31, 2020. It will also be held on the PSU campus, but in a different building.

Equity Praxis Workshop, date coming soon, from 10-11:30am at our offices (different location). This free workshop is open to anyone who has taken Equity I with Resolutions Northwest. It is an opportunity to build community while sharing successes, challenges, and strategies for moving our organizations into alignment with our values for racial justice.

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Event Organizers

Melody MartínezMelody Martinez is a community organizer, facilitator, and racial equity consultant. In Portland, she has primarily worked with statewide non-profits to oversee programmatic work and organizational development focused on creating meaningful, just outcomes for historically underserved communities. In her current role as Oregon Program Manager at Social Justice Fund NW, she organizes and trains community members to understand power and privilege and fundraise for social change. She is an On-call Facilitator at Resolutions Northwest and an Associate Trainer at Class Action where she leads interactive popular education workshops that inspire participants to take action to end classism and racism.

Teri PiersonTeri (she/her) has been training on topics related to racial and social justice for almost 30 years, and she has been a professional facilitator for about 15 years. Her work as a consultant, trainer, and facilitator at Resolutions Northwest and in private practice supports individuals and organizations to develop the will and capacity to bring their outcomes in line with their values, particularly around racial equity. As a white bisexual woman who grew up here in Portland, Teri is always up against her own learning edge in working for racial justice. She draws inspiration from her fabulous colleagues and from her practice of aikido, a Japanese martial art.

Kellie ShawKellie is a Black woman from Portland Oregon who is committed to helping her community find their authentic voices and stand against bias. She challenges herself to look at the world through an equitable lens and invites others to do the same. A consummate volunteer who supports grassroots organizations, she has sat on several boards throughout the area. Kellie co-founded a Racial Equity group where she facilitated lessons around racial and social justice for teachers and parents. Kellie has been a life coach since 2011 and currently contracts with RNW as an equity-informed facilitator, mediator, trainer, and coach. In her off time, in addition to being an avid reader, she enjoys traveling, skiing, and fishing.


January 30, 2020 9:00 am

January 30, 2020 12:00 pm

$120 (pay as you're able)

Lead Organizer

Teri Pierson


Institutional Equity I: Shift your outcomes by shifting your systems
1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201, USA

Teri Pierson

January 30, 2020 9:00 am

January 30, 2020 12:00 pm