ChrisTiana ObeySumner, MNPL
ChrisTiana ObeySumner, MNPL
Social Justice, Equity. Diversity & Inclusion Consultant and Advocate

Epiphanies of Equity: Education & Consulting

Photo Description: Epiphanies of Equity Logo. Black background, purple ivy in a circle. Inside, a light bulb with a power fist and name of business.

Photo Description: Epiphanies of Equity Logo. Black background, purple ivy in a circle. Inside, a light bulb with a power fist and name of business.

 
 

Overview and Approach

Epiphanies of Equity was established February 2018. Since then, I have shared space with over 50 clients, over 50% of whom have become repeat clients, and nearly 100% generated through referral or word of mouth.

Our history and how we have continuously emerged into further inequity through perpetuation of certain systems, structures, cultures, and policies is an invaluable tool to understand who we are, from where we've come, where we are going, and either how to get there or change course towards equity and justice.

For those who are still dipping their toes into the world of justice, equity and antiracism work, I am excited you are embarking on this journey! Everyone has to start somewhere, and some get lost or confused along the way. My practice involves elements of counseling theories and methods, as well as social psychology and a little humor as individuals and organizations grapple with their journey of moving from "well-intentioned" to "well-aware." Let me help you achieve your social equity goals with loving kindness, empathetic directness, gracious space.  I utilize multiple frameworks and approaches in practice, including:

  • Facilitating critical thinking and narrative identity development, cultural humility and allyship/ accompliceship

  • Rooting goals, strategies, and practices within critical theories. intersectionality and intersectional/ social models of disability, racial, LGBTQIA+, gender, and socioeconomic justice

  • Leading with race. Practical and actionable strategies for dismantling racism, racialized ableism, anti-indigeneity, and antiblackness in systemic, structural, historical , institutional, and sociopolitical contexts in all references, discussions, initiatives, policies and issues of social equity and justice.

  • Deconstructing sociological and psychological paradigms that subconsciously and/or perpetually cultivate and uphold social injustice, inequity, and inaction.

These goals are pursued via social impact and accountability measurement structures established through social impact strategies and change management, organizational assessments, and full-service training and professional development planning and implementation.

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Notable Clients

 

 

Primary Services

 
 
Photo Description: ChrisTiana ObeySumner standing in front of a large screen, arms outstretched, giving a training. The screen says “Equity is the Engine.”

Photo Description: ChrisTiana ObeySumner standing in front of a large screen, arms outstretched, giving a training. The screen says “Equity is the Engine.”

 
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Photo Description: ChrisTiana ObeySumner dressed in black and white scarf, holding a cane and cell phone, speaking at a podium

Training, Caucus, Mediation and Facilitation

Trainings are a great way to introduce or increase understanding of social equity and DEI concepts among teams, staff, and groups. Training lengths vary from 90 minute lunch-and-learns to full day retreats. Each training is customized to each client based on expressed need, recent issues or contextual situations, or following the results of an assessment. Caucusing, mediation, and facilitated discussions can be added to a training package, or sought separately.

Each training seeks to provide: A solid foundational overview of theory; memorable stories and metaphors for understanding and grounding; Opportunities for individual or interpersonal/ group reflection and evaluation; and activities and suggestions for implementation and practice. Clients have the opportunity to further learning and growth by having their training transformed into a workbook for their team.

Some past training topics have included:

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: An Overview

  • Implicit Bias and Microaggressions

  • Social Psych for Social Justice: Tips and Tricks for advocacy and change

  • Intersectional Disability Justice

  • Cultural Humility and Social Identity Development

  • Antiracism, Antiblackness, and Restorative Justice

  • Ally to Accomplice: Narrative Identity Development for (White or broader) Allies

  • Refine and Shine: Strategic Planning for Living While Black/ POC

  • Intersectionality 101

 

Assessments and Scans

What is your social impact on the community or those you serve? Exactly where are there gaps in understanding regarding social equity or organizational initiatives among staff and stakeholders? Which trainings and topics of discussion are needed for your specific team or are there issues bubbling beneath the surface that need attention and healing? What strengths and motivations are shared among staff and stakeholders that can sustain your organizational goals and vision?

Assessments and scans seek to provide insight and recommendations based on narrative analysis and mixed data collection methods to help provide guidance and a framework for your organization’s social equity journey.

Assessments are done to explore a specific dynamic or situation within an organization or group. These are often more internal facing, but not always. Some examples include variation of DEI knowledge in an organization, employee experiences of belonging or othering, or awareness of certain organizational initiatives.

Scans are done to discover larger structural, systemic, institutional, or social issues or bottlenecks in your social equity and DEI journey. These can help determine gaps in understanding, underlying interpersonal or intersectional barriers to success, or areas of improvement for equity and inclusion in the workplace. Scans are built upon the Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmarks (GDIB) and the Disability Equality Index.

 
Photo Description: ChrisTiana ObeySumner, wearing a black sweater and black and white scarf. ChrisTiana is intently listening to another person in front of them.

Photo Description: ChrisTiana ObeySumner, wearing a black sweater and black and white scarf. ChrisTiana is intently listening to another person in front of them.

 
Photo Description: ChrisTiana standing next to speakers podium in black dress suit. Poster on the podium says “Leading HR Forward: WA State SHRM.”

Photo Description: ChrisTiana standing next to speakers podium in black dress suit. Poster on the podium says “Leading HR Forward: WA State SHRM.”

Social Impact Strategies and Change Management

Are you or your organization seeking to increase or improve the social impact of your diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) work — in general or for specific stakeholder communities? Do you or your organization need consultation or strategies to begin identifying, developing and establishing benchmarks and tangible outcomes for increasing DEI in workplace staffing, environment, or practices? Have you or your organization implemented an antiracism initiative and a disability inclusion policy, but don’t have an integrated Antiracist disability DEI protocol and policy?

I provide consultation and guidance through a three-step approach to assist organizations embarking on their DEI journey: Clearing the path (Determining elements, cultures, issues, and dynamics that are beneficial or barriers to goals;) Assessing and designing the path (Identifying gaps in need and approach, community assessment and input of social impact, and finding the right pieces and practices that fit the desired DEI destination;) and Exploring the path (Piloting the strategic approach, innovation and collaborative leadership, and establishment of benchmarks towards goals.)