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Customized Policy Training and Consulting

Lead your organization and projects with an anti-racism approach.


What is an Anti-Racism Approach?

Ensuring you and your team are taking an anti-racism approach requires developing a disciplined practice of challenging, abolishing, and/or transforming the beliefs, ideas, behaviors, policies, institutions, and systems that uphold systemic racism, the oppression of Black people and other groups historically marginalized by white supremacy and its many expressions.

Applying an anti-racist lens shifts power, voice, and perspective to the lived experiences of communities of color with the intent of collective liberation through solutions that equitably distribute resources and foster self-determination.

Anti-racism is the path that leads to racial equity.

Tailored Learning Experiences

Build your and your team’s capacity.

Erikson creates an engaging and safe space for people to learn, express their thoughts and share ideas. Workshops can be tailored according to organizational needs and availability and can incorporate activities, breakout groups and follow-up materials or resources.

Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Developing an anti-racist approach to your work
  • Understanding the public policy cycle
  • Focusing on root causes and systems change
  • Decolonizing data and language
  • Ensuring diverse representation and community voices in decision-making

Project Consultation

Design an equitable and inclusive roadmap for your work.

Erikson can help organizations looking to lead their work with an equity-centered approach. Services include but are not limited to:


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Racial equity analysis

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Facilitating focus groups

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Pre-project planning

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Needs assessment

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Strategic planning

Data Literacy Coaching

Data literacy coaching and tools help communities, organizations and key stakeholders contextualize data and foster collective thinking on local issues and equitable solutions.

Staff work with you to better understand:

  • The power dynamics of data project stakeholders (i.e. funders, community, researchers);
  • The motivation and the problem data is trying to address;
  • The perspective and worldview being centered; and
  • Who and what communities are the sources of data and ways to ensure their inclusion in shaping the story behind the data.

Learn more about data literacy coaching

Decolonizing Data and Language Workshops

Re-examine Your Messaging

Take this 90-minute interactive workshop with your team to understand how data and the words we use can dehumanize and deflect from focusing on systemic flaws. Structural racism is baked in our systems, and this workshop offers ways to effectively use data and language to illuminate systemic barriers and reveal root causes.

Learn more about the workshop

Organizations Engaged in Our Services

Each Solution is as Unique as the Situation

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Early Care & Learning Council

  • Tailored Workshops
  • Program Assessment
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Raising Illinois

  • Racial Equity Assessment
  • Toolkit Development
  • Decolonizing Data and Language Workshop
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Cook County Government

  • Decolonizing Language Tools
  • Policy Brief Consultation
  • Bridging Connections to Educators
  • Thought Partnership on Data Collection
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Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development

  • Decolonizing Data and Language Workshop
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Pritzker Children’s Initiative

  • Decolonizing Data and Language Workshop