"There is no such thing as a totally objective person, except almighty God, if she exists." ~Antonia Frazier
How The Sum Components can be used Interdependently to Support Institutional/Personal Growth
The three components below can each be provided on their own or together in any combination. They can be adjusted or added over time. Together, these components are designed to institutionalize equity work within a three-year period and measure it using the DPS (Diversity Power Survey).
Component 1 – Wide DPS Coverage
Component 1 involves providing the DPS online for the greatest number of individuals possible at whatever levels of the organization desired. This wide coverage fulfills the need for organizational/institutional language and a shared model for engaging in equity work as well as an introduction to, and emphasis on, one’s personal work.
Component 2 – Foundational Resource Team Development
Component 2 involves providing the DPS online for a foundational resource team of interested individuals along with at least 4 quarterly consulations/coaching sessions. We recommend one or two people from each building or academic or other department depending on budget and priorities. This option would include the online DPS and four quarterly coaching sessions/consultations for each person throughout the school year to discuss individualized recommendations, problem solve issues, and process feelings/ideas. This option would include the facilitation of two face-to-face meetings with the whole group to get strengthen relationships and develop mutual resourcing strategies.
Component 3 – Online Equity Leadership Institute (and Pilot)
The Online Equity Leadership Institute is a groundbreaking professional opportunity for up to 20 team members. The pilot rate is $12,000 in total (the cost of this Institute in a residential, one-week format is between $70,000-$80,000 which must include lodging, food, facilitator fees, materials, etc.). This online version offers unparalleled affordability, flexibility, and ease with unprecedented measureable outcomes using the DPS (Diversity Power Survey). Once the pilot is complete, we will work with the participating organizations/institutions to make general or specific modifications. A licensing contract may then be purchased for a predetermined number of administrations.
The Online Equity Leadership Institute is a 45 hour, 15-module (3 hours per module), online professional development institute based on the DPS/DPLM. Each module requires about 3 hours of work (similar to a 3 credit college course). It is a “hybrid” experience intended to gather participants on four occasions for a 1-hour face-to-face meeting time with the whole group. The institute utilizes both commercially prepared videos (like Race the Power of an Illusion, Tough Guise, etc.) as well as content focused PowerPoint videos developed by The Sum. The remainder of the time is composed of experiential activities and online small group meetings and live chats between partners. The Constructivist Listening Model is utilized heavily at these times for processing learnings, feelings, and ideas. The Institute was created for Blackboard (but can be adjusted for other Learning Management Systems or adminstered on our system).