Workshop Sessions

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice (DEIJ)

Orpe Human Rights Advocates Coalition supports our member organizations through advocacy, policy support, communications assistance, information sharing, and networking. Under our Equity policy priority, the Coalition strives to leverage resources for our members committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ). The Diversity program at OHRA was developed to help organizations increase their own knowledge of DEIJ principles that could be embedded into the structures and policies of their organizations. Since then, we have seen a significant opportunity to assist our members in addressing other facets of this work. The last workshop sessions on diversity, equity, inclusion and justice took a deeper dive into best practices used to build a pipeline of diverse leaders interesting in advancing the diversity program goals throughout their organizations.


Organizational cultures compromises an interlocking of goals, roles, processes, values, communications practices, attitudes and assumptions. Shifting and reshaping an organization’s culture is a large-scale undertaking and is one of the most difficult leadership challenges. In cases to increase organizational diversity the payoffs have proven to be well worth it. This is what you are going to learn in the workshop session conducted under the auspices of Orpe Human Rights Advocates.

Studies show that a focus on equity is critical in order to innovate, create products and services that serve a more diverse consumer base, and cultivate a strong workforce. Research shows that more diverse teams are better able to solve problems and that companies with more diverse workforces have higher revenues, more customers, and greater market shares.2 The Diversity Toolkit is intended for anyone seeking to strive in an increasingly diverse workforce. It enables leadership staff and managers to successfully build, manage, and thrive in our rapidly changing environment. This is an introduction to the multiple facets of how to best retain diversity and offers basic information on strategies and tools that can be implemented to build organizational capacity around hiring, governance, and communications. The Diversity Toolkit can also be used as a guide for organizations seeking to build and retain a pipeline of diverse leaders through transparent and authentic engagement.

Understanding Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice (DEIJ)

Understanding cultural differences plays a huge role in the ever changing demographics of our world. Conceptualizing how diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice work together as one concept is vital to our growing population and the challenges presented before us. By breaking down how these definitions interact, we can set clear goals and strategies around them to help improve our cultural competency. Adopting these definitions into your organizational practices and how you approach decision making can provide a lens to solving a variety of issues that impact the overall quality of health on people and the environment.