Training and Development

Studies prove that ongoing professional development is the single most crucial factor in recruiting and retaining employees.

Develop shared language and a framework for your organization’s DEI initiatives with Step Up, Equity Matters’ Staff DEI Training and Development services. Use our approach of Recognize, Own, Disrupt to understand your employee’s readiness, commitment, and agency to affect change, while providing basic DEI training.

We can customize our training to meet your goals. We may combine modules from several sessions to create the best experience for your team. Each training is highly interactive, with a mix of presentations, facilitated group discussion, games, and solo reflection time.

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Gwendolyn Brooks

Training and Development

Our innovative organizational learning assessment enables us to baseline and customize a curriculum that will meet the learning and development needs of your organization.

Staff DEI Training and Development services include:
  • Uprooting Bias Online Challenge (UBOC) and Uprooting Microaggressions Online Challenge (UMOC)
  • Tailored assortment of workshops based on results from UBOC and UMOC

Available workshops include:

  • Facing Bias
  • More than a Slight: Workplace Microaggressions
  • Brave Conversations
  • Building a Culture of Belonging

CUNA, a national association for U.S. credit unions, had already done some work assessing its organizational culture and establishing DEI as a priority when it appointed Samira Salem as VP of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in 2020. But Salem said CUNA, which has a majority white workforce, had not done any consistent, systemic education with leadership and staff around these topics. She partnered with Step Up to develop workshops that would fit CUNA’s needs and help the organization develop shared language and frameworks between staff and leadership “so that we could begin to shift the organizational culture and shift mindsets.” 

Salem says Step Up worked side by side with CUNA to refine and develop offerings “that really feel like they’re tailored for us rather than off the shelf.” Step Up crafted workshops specific to CUNA by integrating the company’s core values into training sessions to help employees understand that they can’t live those values if they don’t address issues of unconscious bias and microaggressions. Step Up also focused on approaches “to really connect the head, the heart and the hands” to inspire employees to take action, Salem says. “The thing that I value the most about working with step up is that they have been really good partners,” she says. “I think that's a real strength of theirs.”


Customize Your Strategy

Explore our other options to support your organization's growth and learning.

Organizational Assessment & Baselining

We establish a baseline and determine priority areas for diversity, equity, and inclusion work within your organization.

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Strategy Planning & Implementation

Team development and training to ensure all team members can participate and contribute equitably through the process.


Advising & Coaching

Guidance and expertise on policies, best practices, interpersonal relationship navigation, inclusive behaviors and competencies, and more.

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