Mission Critical: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Advancing Organizational Change

What’s involved in becoming a truly equitable and inclusive organization? And what role do leaders play in advancing this work?

After partnering with over one hundred organizations, including several municipalities, the Center for Equity and Inclusion understands that the essential first steps in becoming a more equitable and inclusive organization involve the development of a common language and the transformation of the internal culture, systems, policies and practices where people work. And that takes time, collective will, skills, tools and leadership.

Join CEI’s founder, Hanif Fazal in defining some basic terminology, examining case studies and learning from his personal experience in order to explore what is required of organizations and their leaders as they advance EDI efforts internally and externally.


A nationally recognized facilitator, trainer, speaker, and organizational development leader, Hanif Fazal brings 20+ years of experience, expertise, and commitment to advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion. In 2015 he founded the Center for Equity and Inclusion (CEI), an organization focused on advancing equity, diversity and inclusion efforts both locally and nationally. Under Hanif’s leadership, CEI has worked with numerous organizations from our nonprofit, for-profit, education, philanthropic and public sectors to integrate equity and inclusion principles and practices into all aspects of their organizations.

Prior to forming CEI, Hanif co-founded Heart of Facilitation, a national facilitation training program, he co-founded Open School, a multi-district alternative school. Hanif also co-founded the CEI Equity Certificate Program, a multi-district education initiative providing intensive professional development focused on equity and inclusion to educators across multiple school districts.

A prolific speaker and trainer, Hanif has presented numerous times for conferences and groups locally and nationally. Most recently he has spoken at Columbia Bank, Feeding America, Human Rights Watch, the Gates Foundation, and Philanthropy NW. He has been a two-time presenter at Courageous Conversations National Summit on Race and a speaker at SXSW and PGE’s Conference on Diversity.

Learn more at www.ceipdx.org