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Decolonizing Data and Language Part 1: Advancing Racial Equity & Systemic Solutions

This 90-minute interactive workshop explains how deficit language dehumanizes and deflects from the structural racism and flaws baked into our systems, and offers ways to effectively use data to illuminate systemic barriers and reveal root causes. Register now! Limited spots available.

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Join our professional development workshop and learn how data and language can illuminate systemic change.


In this introduction to Decolonizing Data and Language, participants will explore the dangers of labels and “othering”, deficit language terms and more.  This 90-minute workshop is for you if:  

  • You want to stop the psychological process of demonizing communities of people for systemic failures  
  • You want to advocate for changes to policies, systems, and funding at the local, county, and state level 
  • You want to identify gaps and barriers in services and processes 
  • You want to better align resources and tailor support to address root causes 

Space is limited: A maximum of 100 people can register and a minimum number of 20 is required in order for the workshop to run effectively.


Penny Smith, Director, Learning and Impact

Cristina Pacione-Zayas, PhD, Senior Policy Advisor


20% off for groups of five or more. The group discount is applied when 5 or more people are registered at one time.

When checking out, you will have the option to pay via credit card or purchase order/check. Please email if purchase order is selected.

PLEASE NOTE: You will receive a confirmation email after your registration has been approved. This process may take up to 3 business days.


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