Our Approach

Our educational and consulting philosophy is rooted in a vision of wellness and an understanding that systemic racism is a barrier to that wellness. This barrier cannot be addressed or eliminated until a critical mass in any given system understands the systemic nature of racism and addresses it as a threat to the health of all members of the system. Any systemic barrier must be addressed within four dimensions

Internal

within the individual

Interpersonal

within relationships individuals have with each other

Institutional

within the organizations created to structure society

Cultural

within the values, norms, belief systems, behavioral patterns, etc. of groups of people.

"Education happens when you learn something you didn’t know you didn’t know." (Danial Bornstein)

"Choice is a function of expanded awareness." (Michael Beckwith)

"Racism is a lot like Kudzu.  It needs to be cut back every day." (Alice Walker)

You cannot challenge something you don’t know exists. At a basic level, our work involves helping individuals and organizations to create new lenses, moving from an individual understanding of racism, that is, prejudice and discrimination based on “race,” to a systemic understanding. Racism is not simply something that individuals think and do. It occurs when one "race" has the systemic power to maintain supremacy over another "race" through a set of attitudes, behaviors, social structures and ideologies. Moving from an individual lens to a systemic one has profound implications for how we understand ourselves, our relationships our organization’s policies practices and procedures and its culture.  We begin to see and understand things we previously didn’t know existed.

Seeing the world in a new way is a powerful first step. However, it is only a first step. What happens next is determined by the individual’s and organization’s commitment to a long-term change process.

"He who conceals his disease cannot expect to be cured." <i>-(Ethiopian Proverb)</i>
"He who conceals his disease cannot expect to be cured." -(Ethiopian Proverb)

Our Process

Our consulting teams typically work in racially diverse pairs in an effort to provide a range of perspectives and experiences to the process and our approach starts with a detailed discussion with prospective clients to learn what an organization’s goals are and to craft a session that is specific to the needs of the client. CCI training sessions are a mix of discussion, small group work and real-life activities that give attendees real-life tools to create inclusive and anti-racist spaces that are accessible to all. Our sessions are designed to meet people where they are on their anti-racist journey with the understanding that it is a life long journey that goes well beyond our sessions.

Are you ready to find out how we can help you?

Seeing the world in a new way is a powerful first step. However, it is only a first step. What happens next is determined by the individual’s and organization’s commitment to a long-term change process.