Five Weekly Sessions via Zoom

Wednesdays - October 20, 27 and November 3, 10, & 17
11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. (PT)

Event Description

Building a Robust Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategic Plan

Cohort Facilitator
Gerardo Ochoa, Ed.M., Director of Community Relations and Special Assistant to the President, Linfield University

Join a cohort of nonprofit practitioners to ideate, collaborate, and start an organizational diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) strategic plan. Nonprofit leaders at every level are often tasked with creating and implementing DEI strategies. In this series, participants will design community-centered strategies for the community they serve. Cohort participants may choose to design their own organizational strategic plan or support the development of a peer’s strategic plan.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will be able to:

  1. Build consciousness around context, history, and power surrounding race and ethnicity in the United States.
  2. Gain a greater understanding of relationship with privilege and understand how it plays out in community.
  3. Learn the components of community-based design.
  4. Co-create an action plan that addresses a selected topic of focus, prototyping, and implementing.


Session 1

Oct. 20         

Welcome, Cohort Introduction, & Community Agreements

Session 2

Oct. 27         

DEI Ideation

Session 3

Nov. 3

Case Study & Work Session

Session 4

Nov. 10

Work Session

Session 5

Nov. 17

Present DEI Plan

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Philosophy

Gerardo Ochoa takes intentional action that creates a climate of learning where people from all backgrounds and abilities enjoy equal access to the opportunity to teach, learn, and work. Gerardo promotes the success, dignity, and worth of each individual by providing a safe environment where the examination of divergent ideas, experiences and systems of inequality adds depth to the learning experience. Dimensions of diversity can include sex, race, age, national origin, immigration status, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, intellectual and physical ability, sexual orientation, income, faith and non-faith perspectives, socio-economic class, political ideology, education, primary language, family status, military experience, cognitive style, and communication style. In a multi-perspective community, challenges to our beliefs and ideas are part of the learning process and can provide opportunities for growth. Reasoning, thoughtfulness, and open dialogue that honors the dignity of all people is expected.

Additional Guidelines

  • This learning series is intended to support Oregon-based 501(c)(3) all-volunteer to small staffed nonprofits in rural communities statewide.
  • Each session will provide nonprofit leaders with vetted information, ideas, and peer support as they navigate a flood of critical decisions they must make in 2021 and beyond. 
  • Limit is 15 individuals per cohort with no more than two representatives from one organization.
  • Participants make a commitment to attend all sessions.

This nonprofit learning cohort is made possible with support from The Ford Family Foundation.

Please send questions and comments ahead of the session to

About the Cohort Facilitator

Gerardo Ochoa, Ed.M., Director of Community Relations and Special Assistant to the President, Linfield University

Gerardo Ochoa (He, Him, Él) is Director of Community Relations and Special Assistant to the President at Linfield University in McMinnville and Portland, OR. He has served Linfield in multiple capacities since 2004. Mr. Ochoa holds formal appointments to the President’s Diversity Advisory Committee (chair) and the College’s strategic planning and budget councils.

In addition to being a college administrator, Mr. Ochoa is a co-author and independent consultant of Path to Scholarships®, a college readiness curriculum. Since 2006, he has worked with thousands of diverse students from urban and rural high schools, community colleges, private colleges, and state universities on college access and affordability. He consults with higher education institutions on the inclusion of Latinx students, best practices to engage and serve undocumented students, and teaching strategies that draw on talents and address the needs of first generation students. He believes in the power of personal stories to build empathy, create opportunities, and influence change. As keynote speaker, his story of perseverance has reached audiences convened by organizations such as the Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, the Northwest Public Employees Diversity Conference, the Ford Family Foundation, Portland State University, and most recently a TEDx Talk.

Mr. Ochoa carries out his life purpose of service as a board member of the Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. He has been an active member of the Beaverton School District’s Budget Advisory Committee, scholarship chair of the César Chávez Leadership Conference, and Scholarship Toolkit contributor with the National Scholarship Providers Association. He is co-founder of Mente, a Latino male higher education conference and emerging mentoring program.

Mr. Ochoa holds an Education Master from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and minor in Latin American History from the University of Oregon. He is an American Leadership Forum Fellow and an alumni of the Senior Leadership Academy sponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges and the American Academic Leadership Institute. He is a contributing author for Latinx/a/os in Higher Education and a guest education writer for the Somos Timbers Magazine. Gerardo is a proud father, brother, son, husband, and abuelo. He lives with his family in a four generation home, and their five-pound yorkie named Mambo.



$125 for NAO Members
$175 for Nonmembers

The NAO member discount will be applied after you select "Register Now" below. You must be logged in to your member account to receive the discount. 

You will receive a registration confirmation e-mail. A link to access each weekly virtual cohort session will be sent to registered participants by the Cohort Leader prior to each session.

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October 20th, 2021 11:00 AM through November 17th, 2021 12:15 PM
Online Event
Price $ 175.00
Event Particulars
City Online learning
NAO Event? Yes
Topic Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
Event Region Central Oregon, Eastern Oregon, North Coast, Northern Willamette Valley, South Coast, Southern Oregon, Southern Willamette Valley
Programmatic Approach Capacity Builiding