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Developing a Social Equity Practice
April 1, 2022
6:30-8:30 pm
  • Friday, April 1: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Saturday, April 2: 9:00 AM - 8:30 PM, with 4 hours of breaks spread throughout the day
  • Sunday, April 3: 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
$250 - $450 sliding scale
Developing a Social Equity Practice

*We have decided to postpone the online version of this retreat in hopes of rescheduling in person later in 2022. If you would like to be notified of the new date, share your contact info by clicking the REGISTER button on the left.*

What does it take to create social equity? This online retreat supports you to become a more fully engaged ally and empowered partner in bringing more justice to this world.

Over the course of this online weekend retreat, you will be invited to grapple with power, privilege and difference, develop a social equity practice you can integrate into your Good Work, and emerge with a clear framework to facilitate individual and organizational awareness of changes needed, ways to work toward them, and next steps to take. The retreat draws on a framework that was offered to two cohorts of GWI Fellows and thousands of others over the past 20 years and honed by a dedicated team of facilitators, including the two who will guide the weekend. The experiences each of us brings to this workshop will be honored as we are invited to share our wisdom and gain from the wisdom of others – wherever we are on our lifelong learning journey towards achieving social equity.

Through readings before the retreat, and presentations, story sharing, discussions, exercises, and videos during it, you will:

  • Develop a deeper understanding of social equity through a personal identity lens
  • Integrate a framework and common language for addressing issues of power, privilege, and difference
  • Examine how institutional and individual practices maintain inequities among people and prevent us from achieving our full potential
  • Build a community of learners committed to identifying and implementing practical strategies for creating collective change

Eduardo González, Jr. (he/him/his) is an Afro-Boricua, middle-class, cisgender, heterosexual man and father of two young children currenly living in what is historically Lenape territory currently known as the Bronx. Mr. González is a Cornell Certified Diversity Professional/Advanced Practitioner with over 25 years of experience working with a wide variety of not-for-profit and educational institutions to implement and sustain multicultural organizational development initiatives. A key area of his focus is assisting staff, managers, administrators and their respective organizations in developing the awareness and skills needed to support and/or provide leadership in organizational change efforts on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. He is the Cornell Cooperative Extension system-wide specialist for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and holds a Bachelor's in Human Services and a Master’s in Public Administration from Pace University.

Maryellen Whittington-Couse (she/her) is a white, middle class, woman and mother who directs a regional Migrant Education Program at SUNY New Paltz that serves the children of migrant farmworkers. She has been part of the Opening Doors anti-oppression facilitation team since 2001 that provides training nationally and internationally. She provides consultation and training to educational, medical, human services and community organizations on issues related to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. She has a Master’s of International Administration from the School for International Training and is a Cornell Certified Diversity Professional.


We will be limiting the number of registrants in this retreat, and closing registration by or before noon on March 28, 2022. Register early to save your spot!

 Your registration fee covers online workshop facilitation and materials. 

  • Amount requested: $350 

The registration fee reflects discounts made possible by the generous support of our donors. The full cost of the workshop is $450.

  • Sliding scale: $250 - $450 

If your current access to financial resources is limited, please consider paying less than the registration fee. If your current access to financial resources is ample, please consider paying more toward the full cost of the workshop and helping underwrite costs for fellow participants. 

  • Scholarships:

If the low end of the sliding scale is still out of reach, we have a limited number of scholarships available, with priority given to residents of the Mahicantuck (Hudson) Valley. Apply here or email [email protected] if you would like to speak to someone first. 

  • Donations: 

We welcome donations to help provide discounts and scholarships for Good Work Institute programs. Email [email protected] if you would like more information before considering a donation

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