22NTC Session: Leadership
How Tokenism Shows Up in the Nonprofit Sector
Submitted by: Tristan Penn | NTEN


Tokenism comes in many forms in the nonprofit setting. This session will seek to identify, examine, and compare some of the ways in which tokenism manifests itself in the workplace.

Additionally, discussion, examination, and reflection of the impacts and effects of tokenism in the workplace will provide attendees with further understanding as to why tokenism in the workplace negatively impacts employee mental health, employee safety, workplace culture, program outcomes, community trust, decision making, in addition to many more elements of nonprofit work.

Session Type

60 minute session

Learning Outcomes

  • Attendees will be able to define what tokenism is
  • Attendees will have examples of how tokenism manifests itself in different settings & structures and understand its negative impacts.
  • Attendees will have examples of how to disrupt tokenizing behavior in others as well as within themselves in their work

Target Audience

Nonprofit staff as well as leadership


March 23, 2022


1:00pm – 2:00pm PST