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20NTC Session

What Worked For Us: A Critical Reflection of NTEN’s Racial Equity Rooted DEI Work


NTEN’s continued journey towards becoming an anti-racist organization has been a journey that has yielded successes, challenges, areas of growth, as well as an large amount of feedback and questions about what worked best for us along the journey.

Indeed, there is no clear-cut template that an organization can follow to transform itself; an organization’s DEI Journey is uniquely its own. However there are a few common structural, managorial, and operational themes and roadblocks that organizations can learn about and then apply to their own work environment and structure. 

This session seeks to provide a reflection and analysis of NTEN’s Racial Equity rooted DEI journey, its milestones, as well as its roadblocks that have led us to our current point in our DEI Journey. Get an inside perspective on the Internal processes, changes, reflections, and structure of how NTEN carved its own journey and what current issues, challenges, and roadblocks the organization is working with now and how community engagement has been utilized to help solve and work towards changing.

Learning Outcomes

  • Critical reflection of organizational practices and policies that will help shed light on racial inequity in the workplace
  • Starting and Entry points for nonprofit professionals to begin the process of addressing and disrupting inequity in their own work
  • A better understanding of systemic racism and how it manifests itself differently depending upon level and department of the organization

Target Audience

Nonprofit Executive Leaders and Mid-Level Staff


Tristan Penn

Community Engagement & Equity Manager


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.





March 26, 2020


10:30am – 11:45am

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