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Organizational Wellness and Change: Addressing Institutional Bias to Achieve Organizational Equity
Institutional biases can chronically perpetuate inequities. Acknowledging and understanding systemic and structural oppression inherent in institutional bias is critical to reducing siloed and performative change initiatives. Taking a specific and actionable look at what organizations can do to be anti-oppressive, race-equitable, and rooted in authentic inclusion practices, this learning collaborative will examine the interconnectedness of institutional bias, stigma, and steps to addressing these forms of oppression to reduce harm. By addressing institutional bias and stigma, we can increase wellness, prompt organizational change, and improve our capacity to do trauma-informed work.

By participating in this collaborative, participants will learn about transformative culture shift to move to more sustainable, authentic, and trauma-informed change. In the sessions, we will take a critical look at the pervasive and innocuous consequences of racism and intersecting identity-based oppression on wellness and the role of organizations and all organization members in responding. We will review dominant culture and institutional biases that may uphold inequities within agencies and strategize around dealing with change fatigue and resistance to essential anti-oppressive practices. In this session, we will also review an equity-centered approach, understand the importance of leading with equity, look at common pitfalls and propose some best practices for transformational culture change.

Learning Objectives:
As part of this collaborative, folks will be able to:
-Define an equity-first framework and discuss how to apply it.
-Explain how institutional bias perpetuates stigma and stereotypes that impact folks on an individual and interpersonal level.
-Describe how addressing institutional bias prompts wellness and supports prioritizing the centering of folks with lived experiences and folks who have identities marginalized (overtly and covertly) by the organization..
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