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"The master's tools will never dismantle the master's house." -Angela Davis

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DEIJ Facilitation & Coaching

I work with multi-racial government, non-profit, academic, and private groups seeking organizational cultural transformation around Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ) through:​

  • Consulting

  • Training and Facilitation

  • Leadership Coaching

  • Assessments

  • Action Plans

  • Resource Kits

Topics:

  • implementing DEIJ strategies

  • de-centering whiteness

  • anti-racism and anti-oppression

  • team development and community-building

  • truth and reconciliation

  • generative conflict

  • equitable supervision and partnerships

While the industry more formally categorizes this work as "consulting," I see myself more as a thought-partner and coach, helping to facilitate inclusive, equitable, and accessible transformative growth towards healing, justice, and liberation.

 

Giovania carries more than eight years of experience in racial/social equity and cultural competency-building in the community development field. They are nationally recognized for “Elephant in the Planning Room” their participatory-research graduate thesis on overcoming barriers to recruitment, retention, and advancement of people of color in the planning and policy fields. Their work has been featured at the American Planning Association National Planning Conference, the GovLove Podcast,

 

Giovania has worked as a consultant and facilitator with clients such as New York University Steinhardt, The Transit Center, Pratt Center for Community Development, Habitat for Humanity International, and the National Association for City Transportation Officials (NACTO). Giovania also partners with other equity and liberation consultants, including Daniel Lim Consulting and others.

Giovania holds an M.S. in City and Regional Planning from Pratt Institute, and a B.A. in Sociology from Dickinson.

When it comes to diversity, Giovania is the most powerful voice I have heard in a generation. Her message and insights about diversity are refreshing and will change the way you think. It changed the way I think."

-Mitchell Silver, NYC Parks Commissioner

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"Our movements themselves have to be healing, or else there's no point." -Cara Page, Kindred Southern Healing Justice