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Consulting

Dr. Banks helps individuals and institutions develop skills and competencies to create an infrastructure for equity. She works within the larger framework of intersectionality, which captures various aspects of identity (e.g. gender, class, sexual orientation, religion, nation of origin, political affiliation, other affiliations), yet comes at the work with a strong focus on race and racism.

Workshops

Dr. Banks has consulted with national and international firms to enhance their diversity, inclusion, and equity initiatives. She has conducted trainings in corporate, non-profit, educational, and community settings. She has also developed pre-orientation (multi-day) programs originally developed for higher education but adaptable to other settings. She incorporates interactive games, reflective exercises and small and large group discussions into the sessions. Topics can be shifted to suit your individual needs.

Training formats:

  • Multi-day programs
  • Day-long programs
  • Half-day programs
  • Hourly programs

Topics can include:

  • Definitions and key terms (e.g., diversity, inclusion, equity, etc.)
  • Unconscious bias
  • Development of an equity mindset
  • How to talk about race in the workplace
  • How to address diversity or current events in the workplace
  • Social identities
  • Intersectionality
  • Racial identity development
  • Levels of “isms” (i.e., interpersonal, internalized, institutional, structural)
  • Affirmative Action
  • General communication and facilitation skills
  • Intergroup dialogue
  • Action planning
  • Topics identified to suit your needs

Non-traditional Diversity and Inclusion Workshops

Dr. Banks is a principal of an innovative long-term diversity and inclusion solution which focuses on engagement and preparation for the increasingly diverse workforce.

Image Consulting for Institutions and Individuals

Dr. Banks can aid institutions or individuals in managing diversity related situations. Just as celebrities need image consults to maneuver the media after a fall from grace, institutions also need help navigating the internal repercussions of an event or the external attention that often follows a gaffe.

Situations that might benefit from a diversity image consultant:

  • The publication of data or statistics highlights a gap in services or disparity.
  • A leak of sensitive information sheds a negative light on practices related to a marginalized group.
  • A policy change has an unintended affect on an underrepresented group in the institution.
  • A commercial or product launch goes awry due to unintended reactions or perceptions.