Racial Equity & Tech Planning

Members $125/Non-members $250

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

Organizations and people who prioritize racial equity in their commitment to equity are putting themselves in an advantageous position to be leaders in their work, communities, and sector. Now is the time to start the learning, recognition, and work of dismantling harmful systems within our personal and professional lives.
Instructor Tristan Penn

Course Overview

Mindful Inquiry

Be able to use racially centered 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 the equity officer. A DEI policy and a focus on racial equity have implications that stretch across an organization from hiring practices, event planning, and equipment acquisition to the development of technology roadmaps and beyond.

Join Tristan Penn, the Community Engagement & Equity Manager at NTEN, for a course that will discuss how nonprofits have infused race-centered diversity, equity, and inclusion practices into all aspects of organizational operation. The course will include an examination of how technology decisions and practices are connected with DEI work. Participants will build skills needed 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 the development of strategic plans. 

This course will examine how organizational DEI practices relate to technology in the nonprofit context, as well as your organization’s technology roadmap. The course will address and inform the decision-making practices that demonstrate your commitment or lack of commitment to racial equity.

You should come into this course with an interest in and a beginning foundation in race-centered DEI work.


Tristan Penn

Community Engagement & Equity Manager
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I'm originally from Central Kansas and went to college at KU in Lawrence, Kansas (Rock Chalk Jayhawk!). I moved to Portland in 2014 and I love it so far! I've worked in Youth Development for the past 14 years. I'm passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as nonprofit community engagement and best practices. In my free time, I like to sample the beers that Portland's breweries have to offer, lift weights, watch football and college basketball, and socialize with friends.
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 intensive online training. Presented by expert faculty in a state-of-the-art interactive learning environment, there are opportunities to interact with the presenter and your peers in real time. And if you can't make the live session, you'll be able to access a 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