WHAT WE DO
To advance racial equity and social justice, and to create transformations that stick, we hold two irrefutable truths:
We have to name structural racism the lead contributor to the challenges we see in our society. All efforts to achieve social justice must include a focus on dismantling white supremacist culture, as well as what has historically prevented inclusion, diversity, equity, and access.
We cannot throw a one-time service, like a 2-hour training, at a structural or systemic problem, and expect it to be solved. We have to work using a layered approach, working with individuals, within organizations, within communities, and within systems to create lasting equitable transformations that lead to a more just and equitable world.
Creating equitable transformations that stick requires this boldness, and sometimes that means being a little uncomfortable.
Through all of the services we provide, Wilson and Associates help our partners understand how structural racism and other systems of oppression in this country have created the inequities they are trying to address. We then help them build the skills, tools, practices and/or policies to advance equity.
Over the last 5 years, we have deepened our practice and worked with organizational leaders to help them build diverse, equitable, inclusive workplaces advancing DEI initiatives that go beyond the superficial and more towards measurable and meaningful impact.
All of our services are provided through an equity-lens and grounded in an anti-oppression framework.
EQUITABLE AND INCLUSIVE ORGANIZATIONS
We work with organizations who are committed to creating diverse, equitable, and inclusive organizations where employees have the opportunity to thrive.
We use our DISCOVER-DIAGNOSE-REPAIR framework to inform a menu services that are custom-tailored to meet each client's unique needs and realities.
RACIAL JUSTICE AND EQUITY
We provide coaching, training, and capacity building in judgment-free spaces to help partners build a structural race analysis so they can advance racial equity. Intersectionality is our lens, and we weave inclusion, diversity, equity, and access into our racial justice and equity approach.
We love to design and facilitate in-person and virtual planning processes, meetings, focus groups, conversations that matter, and retreats that bring out the best ideas and collective wisdom of groups.
We are trained in several facilitation methodologies and after 20 years of doing this, our gatherings are known to be human-centered, engaging, results-focused, and fun!
People want to know they have really been heard if they have been engaged by an institution.
We lead authentic community and stakeholder engagement processes that elevate grassroots voices & stories and provide institutional leaders with community wisdom to support policy, program, and/or practice changes.
CAPACITY BUILDING & TRAINING
We help people and organizations build the skills, abilities, tools, and practices to accomplish their goals.
We create judgement free learning spaces that are multi-modal and immediately applicable.
Services include: Training and workshop development, keynote speaking to activate groups, internal/external organizational communication capacity building, Ethical Storytelling, DEI training and capacity, and more.
LEARNING AND STORYTELLING
Collecting data is just another way of collecting stories. Intentional learning can help us make critical shifts that improve our organizations and the way we do our work.
We design Qualitative Research (e.g. Focus Groups, Story Circles, Community Conversations, and Interviews), develop and facilitate Learning Communities, and help clients craft and uplift the impact stories that advance their mission.
COLLECTIVE COMMUNITY IMPACT
Zip Codes shouldn’t determine the opportunities a person has in life, but far too often, they do.
We help foundations, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and community collaboratives build a common agenda to address community issues using a "placed-based", collective impact approach.