Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) is not a fad. It’s a inevitable revolution of collective consciousness that transpires when someone radically loves and accepts themselves.
OT-Founder, Charla M. Burnett, has a vision for the future. A vision that reflects the years she spent practicing conflict resolution and restorative justice in the United States and abroad. Capitalism doesn’t need to be the enemy of the good and equity doesn’t need to come at the expense of profit. To ensure true equity there DOES need to be a complete over hall of the status quo. It can’t just integrate equity into laws/regulations/standard operation procedures but the very culture of our organizations, including nonprofit, for profit, and governmental agencies alike.
There are many reasons for the public to be angry. Businesses and government leaders have covered up mistakes, concealed evidence of potential risks, made misleading statements, and often lied. Our leaders have fueled a rising tide of public distrust. We want to challenge the way that many organizations interact with the community by helping to develop new ways of doing business.
Besides the obvious more and ethical obligations, some readers might ask, “Why should I care if people are angry? Dealing with them is the responsibility of a public relations company. I never have to deal with them directly.” Others might say, “Why do I care? At my company or agency we have been putting out product or services for thirty years and haven’t had a problem yet.”
There are several very important reasons why all of us need to be concerned about not adequately addressing people’s anger about inequality and social justice. A continually angry and suffering public undermines American competitiveness abroad. It’s estimated that $300 billion is spent by organizations on litigation involving environmental claims, discrimination, and Americans with Disabilities cases each year (U.S Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 2019). Resources used to fight an angry public cannot be used to solve other pressing issues, pay salaries, or be reinvested back into the organization.
Second, an angry public contributes to the erosion of confidence in basic institutions. If the public doesn’t trust your organization, they will not be willing to purchase your products or services. They will not participate in elections. Employees that do not believe that an organization has their best interest at heart will not work as hard or efficiently as workers who do. An angry public doesn’t allow for our economic development as a society and will constantly undermine growth by turning to violence, substance abuse, and mental illness.
To ensure that we continue to prosper, we must reinvest in our community and ensure that injustice does not turn to anger. It’s not altruistic. It’s common sense.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Training
We offer workshops that focus on true dialogue. These are not simply an educational process but an integrative experience with your staff, members, or volunteers. Based off the their needs, we create standard operating procedures and begin to rebuild a culture that supports restorative justice.
Our goal is to educate employers about The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) and help them adequately develop a plan to support returning citizens and ensure their success.
Equitable Cannabis Culture
Our Equitable Cannabis Culture (ECC) program focuses on helping the cannabis industry give back to communities that have been historically been harmed by the criminalization of cannabis and to support political organizations with passing legislation that reduces harm.