What it Takes: The Journey to Becoming a More Equitable and Inclusive Organization

What’s involved in becoming a truly equitable and inclusive organization? Public employees often enter public service out of a desire to serve, support, and enrich the communities in which they live.  And as our communities become increasingly diverse it is imperative that we reconsider how we do this work.

After partnering with over forty organizations, including several municipalities, the Center for Equity and Inclusion understands that the essential first step to becoming more a equitable and inclusive organization is to transform the internal culture, systems, policies and practices where people work. And that takes a time, collective will, skills and tools. Join CEI’s founder, Hanif Fazal in examining case studies and learning from his personal experience to explore what is required of organizations as they advance EDI efforts internally and externally.


A nationally recognized facilitator, trainer, speaker and organizational development consultant, Hanif Fazal brings 20 years of experience, expertise, and commitment to advancing equity and cultural competency. 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 leaders and staff in the nonprofit, for-profit, education, foundation 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 for educators, social workers, and youth professionals. Additionally he co-founded the CEI Equity Certificate Program, a collaborative 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 the Gates Foundation & Philanthropy NW's regional conference, been a two-time presenter at Courageous Conversations National Summit on Race, and was a speaker at at SXSW and PGE Conference on Diversity.

Learn more at www.ceipdx.org