Welcome & Mission

At the City and County of San Francisco, we share a commitment to a diverse, inclusive and equitable community.

As employees of the City and County of San Francisco, we recognize that our work is integral to creating healthy, vibrant communities. It's our responsibility to identify strategies to meet the needs of our diverse, evolving city.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Trainings

Creating an Inclusive Environment: An Introduction to Managing Implicit Bias - 2 Days

Throughout the interactive two day training, explore and uncover the root causes and impacts of bias; privilege and identity; discover how bias influences language and behavior; the impacts of micro & macro messaging; strategies to mitigate your own bias, and develop an individual plan for creating an environment of inclusion.

Session Length: 2 days
Cost: $250
Target Audience: All City Employees
Instructor: Dante King 415-701-5845, Ryan Kimura 415-557-4861, Dan Esparza 415-557-4962, Ishani Baruah, 415-749-2544

How you will benefit:

  • Understand the definition of implicit bias
  • Learn about conditions and influences which effect unconscious bias, and its impacts, thoughts, attitudes, language, and behavior
  • Understand how certain biases are necessary and valuable for survival; while others can be detrimental
  • Explore impacts of institutional inequality and inequity
  • Understand the impacts of identity and privilege
  • Learn strategies for deprogramming thought patterns and reactions that are counteractive to creating inclusion
  • Discover the power of micro-affirmations as a tool to build confidence, maintain and enhance self-esteem, and sustain positive impacts to productivity and success
  • Create a diversity and inclusion action plan

Course Description:

The overall goal of the program hinges on the premise that each member of the organization is responsible and accountable for what they say and/do to make San Francisco an inclusive and equitable place to live and work; through employing fair and just practices to and for all. This workshop is intended to raise and increase awareness about the value of creating inclusion and equity, while recognizing and celebrating the unique qualities, traits, skills, gifts, and talents each individual contributes to the communities in which they participate and work.

Through engaging multiple partners, participating in a series of small and large groups discussions, and watching engaging videos, participants are empowered to explore layers of assumptions, stereotypes, and biases, and systemic and institutionalized ideologies; which can lead to biased attitudes and discriminatory behavior. Participants are invited to reflect on the value of multi-dimensional aspects of diversity (i.e. class, age, gender, ethnicity, rights, access, etc.) to understand the advantages and disadvantages that can lead to inequities; as well as strategies which will help diminish and minimize biased attitudes and affect decision-making.

Upcoming Date(s):

Enroll

Thursday, October 26 & Friday, October 27, 2017 (8:30am-5:00pm)

Enroll

Tuesday, November 28 & Wednesday, November 29, 2017 (8:30am-5:00pm)

Creating an Inclusive Environment: An Introduction to Managing Implicit Bias - 1 Day

In the abridged version of the Creating an Inclusive Environment Training, explore and uncover the root causes and impacts of bias and privilege.

Session Length: 1 day
Cost: $250
Target Audience: All City Employees
Instructor: Dante King 415-701-5845, Ryan Kimura 415-557-4861, Dan Esparza 415-557-4962, Ishani Baruah, 415-749-2544

How you will benefit:

  • Understand the definition of implicit bias
  • Learn about conditions and influences which effect unconscious bias, and its impacts, thoughts, attitudes, language, and behavior
  • Understand how certain biases are necessary and valuable for survival; while others can be detrimental
  • Explore impacts of institutional inequality and inequity
  • Understand the impacts of identity and privilege

Course Description:

The overall goal of the program hinges on the premise that each member of the organization is responsible and accountable for what they say and/do to make San Francisco an inclusive and equitable place to live and work; through employing fair and just practices to and for all. This workshop is intended to raise and increase awareness about the value of creating inclusion and equity, while recognizing and celebrating the unique qualities, traits, skills, gifts, and talents each individual contributes to the communities in which they participate and work.

Through engaging multiple partners, participating in a series of small and large groups discussions, and watching engaging videos, participants are empowered to explore layers of assumptions, stereotypes, and biases, and systemic and institutionalized ideologies; which can lead to biased attitudes and discriminatory behavior. Participants are invited to reflect on the value of multi-dimensional aspects of diversity (i.e. class, age, gender, ethnicity, rights, access, etc.) to understand the advantages and disadvantages that can lead to inequities; as well as strategies which will help diminish and minimize biased attitudes and affect decision-making.

Upcoming Date(s):

Enroll

Thursday, November 9 (8:30am-5:00pm)

Enroll

Wednesday, December 6 (8:30am-5:00pm)

 

The Impact

Over 1,300 City and County of San Francisco Employees have taken the Creating an Inclusive Environment Training. Participating departments include:

311
Assessor Recorder
Child Support Services
DEM
Environment
Juvenile Probation
MOHCD
MTA
OEWD
Police
Port
Public Health
Rec and Park
Sheriff

Testimonials

Everyone was raving about the training and many said it was the best training that they had ever taken. Most thought it was going to be a boring class just to tell us not to discriminate but when they saw how different from your typical training this was, everyone loved it.
It was by far one of the most thoughtful, eye-opening and profound trainings I have ever had in my career. It left an impact on me and I can tell it did on others as well.
The session I recently attended was outstanding. It can be a rare thing to be in a training you just don’t want to leave. I know I didn’t, and I suspect other participants felt the same way. The trainers were fantastic. The session was highly informative, thought-provoking, impactful, and action-inspiring. Oh, and did I mention fun?
These are skills that can prove invaluable in law enforcement.
I thought this workshop was really eye-opening to certain aspects and will help with how we treat/view others.

The Team

Available services will be contingent upon prioritization of projects and the availability of the team.

Dante King

Dante King

Manager of eLearning and Learning and Development


Dante King is a native of San Francisco. He is a Learning & Organizational Development

professional, specializing in the implementation of equity, diversity and inclusion, with more than 15 years’ experience. Throughout his career, he has gained expert experience designing, developing, and delivering a combination of Leadership; Equity, Diversity and Inclusion workshops.

Ishani Baruah

Ishani Baruah

Instructor



Originally from India, Ishani has lived, worked and raised a child in the US, the UK and France.

Her passion for research and development in training sessions continuously challenge her to incorporate new ideas into the programs she designs. Ishani’s interest in Implicit Bias lies primarily in exploring ways to talk about bias with young children as well as understanding bias in an intercultural context.

Daniel Esparza

Daniel Esparza

Instructor



Dan Esparza has worked in Diversity & Inclusion for over 10 years bringing the awareness of

Implicit Bias to colleges and universities, local non profits, state/federal agencies, and currently the City and County of San Francisco.

Ryan Kimura

Ryan Kimura

Instructor



A native of San Francisco, Ryan's diverse career background includes teaching abroad,

community organizing, business development, and leadership development. Ryan strives to empower individuals and teams to succeed and achieve beyond their limits. He is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley with degree in Asian American Studies.