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20NTC Session Proposal

Seeing the System: Understanding Structural Inequality in Nonprofit Work


In order to create a more equitable world, we first need to see the systems and structures that create barriers to achieving equality. In this panel discussion, discover the indelible mark of historical structures of racism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia, and ableism in our organizations. These structures are often invisible to those of us who are raised in or assimilated to dominant cultures, and they are perpetuated in the decisions we make.

During the session, we’ll be taking a real-time quiz and discuss both the systems and structures we see, those we fail to see, and how it all guides our decision-making in nonprofit work. We’ll also discuss tactics to dismantle these harmful structures and counter long-standing inequities. Participants will leave with a deeper understanding of their own biases and how they can be better allies for a more equitable and inclusive world.

Learning Outcomes

  • How to identify institutional or systems-level bias
  • How to interrupt the cyclical and compounding manner in which bias plays out in the work we do
  • The role of communications in creating an inclusive and equitable culture

Target Audience

Nonprofit Executive Leaders and Mid-Level Staff

Additional Speakers

Sarah Boison, Minal Bopaiah, Ola Ojewumi


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