Moving Beyond Inclusion: Equity Matters


Moving Beyond Inclusion: Equity Matters

Event Detail: 
9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Event Presenter: 
Trina Jackson and Luz Zambrano, TSNE MissionWorks
Event Cost: 
$109* (full-day, lunch is included)

How do organizations make the shift from fostering a culture of inclusion to developing policies, practices and processes that embed racial justice and equity in their values and their operations? It involves a commitment and investment in having, oftentimes, hard conversations about bias, privilege and equity and developing the skills to facilitate dialogue about the opportunities for change. This workshop invites leaders to develop practices that transform organizations into partners with the communities in which they work and serve and aligned their internal practices around racial justice and equity with their outwardly stated mission and goals. 

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the role of equity and racial justice as core values of inclusion
  • Learn to reflect on past history and recognize how our history impacts our present
  • Develop skills to put into practice the internal strategies that build equity
  • How micro aggressions have macro-impact
  • Learn how to create space to have courageous conversations about race and implicit bias even when they get hard and how to encourage people to continue to be at the table


  • What commitment and leadership looks like throughout this long process
  • Developing awareness about white dominant cultural norms and bias against people of color
  • Understanding micro-aggressions
  • Differentiating between diversity, inclusion and equity
  • Understanding power and privilege
  • Defining institutional racism and its manifestations within an organization
  • What creates a safe space for courageous and difficult conversations about race
  • Allowing for the co-creation of ideas


About the Presenters

Trina Jackson is the Practice Leader for Community Engagement at TSNE MissionWorks. Trina has nearly 20 years of community-based experience as an organizer, facilitator, and strategist in the social justice movement. Her background includes activism within communities of color in Boston and working with nonprofits, facilitating community dialogues, and consulting on issues of anti-oppression, civic engagement, economic justice, racial justice, leadership development, collaboration, and movement building.

Trina's approach is to explore the intersections of sociopolitical identity and the lived experience; to work for structural and institutional change; to use reflective, participatory and cultural practices for deeper connections between communities directly impacted by oppression; and to construct new narratives which advance social transformation and achieve justice for all. She also co-coordinates a community-based grassroots project, the Network of Immigrant and African American Solidarity (NIAAS), which seeks to build solidarity between African Americans and immigrants of color through storytelling.

Deeply committed to global struggles for social justice, Trina traveled to Palestine and Israel in October 2014 as part of an African Heritage Delegation with Interfaith Peace-Builders to identify common issues and forge relationships with Palestinians and other communities of color around human rights. As an independent project, Trina produced Grown By Herself, a multi-media project honoring the rituals, practices, and stories of black women gardeners and farmers. She is writer, nature photographer, traveler, and yoga practitioner. She has a B.A. from Goddard College in Sociology.

Luz Zambrano is a founding Co-Director of the Center to Support Immigrant Organizing (CSIO) where she has worked for the last 17 years. She has co-coordinated the research, planning and implementation of Network for Immigrant and African American Solidarity (NIAAS), a CSIO community based initiative. For the last 15 months, she has also worked as the Program Associate of the Inclusion Initiative, a grant making program at TSNE MissionWorks where she helps the planning, facilitation and implementation of all aspects of the program including the grant making portion of it.

For over 25 years, Luz has also been active in many organizations and efforts dedicated to organizing immigrants for social and economic justice. She has been the Latino organizer for the Immigrant Rights Advocacy, Training and Education Project (IRATE), an immigration counselor for the American Red Cross, a legal advocate at Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS), a business agent for the Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees (UNITE), and an Education and Training Specialist at the Massachusetts AFL-CIO. As a researcher, Luz worked with TSNE MissionWorks (TSNE) to design and write a Hyams Foundation-funded research report on barriers to the recruitment and retention of organizers of color. She also collaborated on a research project with the Center for Community Economic Development (CCED) of the University of Massachusetts, Boston on a report documenting the effects of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) on immigrant workers, among other efforts.

Luz’s volunteer leadership for the last 25 years includes a four-year term as Board President of the East Boston Ecumenical Community Council, membership on the Massachusetts Coalition for Health and Safety (Mass COSH)’s Board of Directors and the Worker Environmental Justice Fund’s Advisory Board and three year terms as both the Parent Liaison for and President of the East Boston Early Learning Center’s School Site Council and three years term for the Board of Trustees of the Friends School in Cambridge, MA.

For the last year and half, Luz has been part of a community effort in her neighborhood, East Boston, where residents are trying to look for solutions to the detrimental effects of displacement of the most vulnerable people in the community due to the rapid gentrification of the neighborhood. She has been helping to facilitate the process of establishing the Center for Cooperative Development and Solidarity, which at the same time is trying to train the residents in cooperative development with the goal of forming workers owned coops as an alternative economic venue that will help people stay in their neighborhood and gain economic and political power for greater impact in the larger community.

Also, Luz serves as one of the members of the Burgess Urban Fund grants committee as of May 2017. In this capacity Luz brings her connections to the community, her organizing and leadership experience, and social and economic justice perspective to the BUF committee.



Unless otherwise noted, all workshops are held at the NonProfit Center in the 2nd Floor Community Conference Center, conveniently located in Downtown Boston at 89 South Street, Boston 02111 near South Station. For detailed directions please visit

* If your organization is a tenant of the NonProfit Center, a fiscally sponsored project or grantee of TSNE Missionworks, please contact before registering to request a scholarship rate of $25.00. Scholarships are limited, and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis; maximum 1 per organization per workshop.