Beyond Inclusion: Building a Community of Belonging

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Beyond Inclusion: Building a Community of Belonging Overview

This training session explores the concept of intersectionality: when a person or group’s racial, socioeconomic, gender, and other identities and experiences intersect in ways that augment power or amplify oppression.

Through exercises and discussion, YWCA Columbus’ Justice, Equity & Belonging facilitator will help you deepen your understanding of how harmful organizational norms and other forms of discrimination affects all of us in complex and often hidden ways.

You’ll also learn to incorporate intersectionality in your organization’s language, practices, and strategic plans. This training guides you along the path of creating a workplace that works equitably for everyone in it.

Who this training is for: Human Resources professionals, DE&I professionals, leadership teams, employee resource groups, board members, agency service providers, and educators who want to create an inclusive environment for people of all identities.


What’s included:

  • Terminology: Identifying and talking about systemic oppression constructively, adopting inclusive language with your organization and with your constituents, and rooting out normalized oppressive practices in your workplace
  • Key concepts:
    • Intersectionality: How race, socioeconomic status, gender, and other identities overlap,
      and how those overlaps bring unique and layered experiences of oppression
    • Power positionality: Identifying power and privilege, and their influences
    • Belonging: How to move beyond inclusion and proactively foster an environment of belonging
    • Inclusive language: The importance of avoiding normalized micro-aggressive language
      and adopting affirming language that promotes emotional safety
  • Practice: Actions, tools, and strategies to minimize harm through repair and reduction, and to intentionally practice anti-racism
  • Resource guide: More information, recommendations, and concrete actions to continue your journey toward social justice



This is a workshop, facilitated conversation. Please fill out our interest form so we can learn more about your needs. A member of our Social Justice team will be in touch.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Phyl Flanagan

Justice, Equity & Belonging Program Manager


email Phyl

Danielle Boyd

Justice, Equity & Belonging Program Manager


email danielle