Racial equity and tech planning

Members $125/Non-members $250

NTEN courses run for one week and are offered twice a year.

Great work. This is not an easy topic, but you brought your audience with you and made it safe to talk about race equity in a professional context.
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Course Overview

Mindful inquiry

Use racial equity questions to guide conversations and decision-making.

Technology and equity

Learn to identify and address how equity impacts everyday technology decisions.

Equity strategy

Gain strategies to begin (or continue) influencing and stewarding equity work into your current role and organization, regardless of position in organization.


Your organization’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion must reach beyond the DEI committee or equity officer. A DEI policy and a focus on racial equity have implications that stretch across an organization, including hiring practices, event planning, equipment acquisition, technology roadmap development, and beyond.

This course will address and inform the decision-making practices that demonstrate a commitment — or lack of commitment — to racial equity. You’ll learn how nonprofits have infused diversity, equity, and inclusion rooted in racial equity into all aspects of organizational operation.

You’ll build the skills you need to create opportunities for all staff (most importantly staff of color, LGBQTIA+, and staff with disabilities) to authentically and meaningfully engage with internal DEI conversations, decisions, and strategic planning.

You’ll examine how technology decisions and practices are connected with DEI work. You’ll come away from this course with an understanding of how organizational DEI practices relate to technology in the nonprofit context, as well as your organization’s technology roadmap.

It’s best if you come to this course interested in building a foundation in racial equity and DEI work.


Tristan Penn

Senior Manager of Equity and Accountability
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Tristan is originally from Central Kansas and is a citizen of the Navajo Nation. Tristan went to college at KU in Lawrence, Kansas (Rock Chalk Jayhawk!). He moved to Portland in 2014 and he loves it! He has worked in nonprofit for the past 16 years with primarily Boys & Girls Clubs and Youth Development Organizations and is passionate about nonprofit community engagement, organizational best practices, youth development, as well as diversity, equity & inclusion.

Tristan began his professional DEI work with Pacific Educational Group's three-year cohort/professional development initiative "Beyond Diversity: Courageous Conversations" while working for Boys & Girls Club and Lawrence Public School in 2009. Additionally, coupled with his lived experience as a Black and Navajo Professional, Tristan has served on previous organizations' Equity Teams and has been a facilitator for DEI (rooted in Racial Equity) in the workplace and nonprofit programming.

Tristan earned a B.S. from the University of Kansas in Psychology - Child and Family Development with a Minor in Classical Greek Antiquity and is currently working towards his Masters in Organizational Leadership and Psychology from Colorado State University.

In his free time, Tristan likes to sample the beers that Portland's breweries have to offer, go to shows, lift weights, watch KU basketball, travel, socialize with friends, and spoil his niece and nephews.
Blended courses run for one week and offer a mix of self-paced and live events to offer both the flexibility you need with the personal connection you want.
Pre-Work (Readings & Quiz)

Live Event

Recording Available
20-30 mins (Self-Paced)
20-30 mins (Self-Paced)


Several relevant articles will establish key concepts and ideas as a primer to the live event, and help you to identify questions and topics you want to explore further.

Knowledge Check

A brief quiz will reinforce what you've learned so far. Don't stress - it isn't pass/fail - it is just to help you remember and distill the concepts you read in the pre-work.

Live Event

This is a 90-minute live captioned online training with opportunities to interact with the presenter and your peers. And if you can't make the live session, you'll be able to access a captioned recording.


Faculty, themselves experts with a wealth of nonprofit experience, have created exercises that will reinforce what you've learned and give you actionable steps to improving your organization.

Earn While You Learn - Professional Credits

In addition to our own Nonprofit Technology Professional Certificate, NTEN is an approved provider for a number of other professional credentials programs. This course qualifies for the following credits:


NTEN Professional Certificate