Consulting

The Wells Collective, LLC is a full service diversity consulting company. We offer services to both educational and non-educational organizations, including but not limited to schools, non-profit organizations, and corporations. All services are available in a virtual format.

Please note that consulting engagements are typically for the purpose of advising schools or organizations about best practices regarding a particular issue. Your organization will be paired with one or two Wells Collective members to guide you in your journey.

We are happy to consult with you on topics pertaining, but not limited to:

- Workplace culture

- Bias training

- Diversifying constituent groups

- Outreach to diverse populations

- Crisis management

- Responding to the needs of marginalized populations in your school or organization

- Acknowledging and addressing internalized racism and sexism in your school or organization

- Curriculum development

- Determining where to begin with addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion at your school or organization

- Diversity audits of your school or organization 

- Effective use of the diversity practitioner in your building

- Racial and ethnic tensions

- Crafting mission statements with equity at the center

...and much more!

Please contact us if you'd like to discuss these options further.

 

Professional Development 

Professional development sessions are direct content deliverance and conversation facilitation by members of The Wells Collective. We are well versed on a host of diversity, equity and inclusion related topics, and can offer presentations on topics such as:

- Culturally Responsive teaching

- Training students to practice anti-racism

- Counteracting bias in the workplace

- Counteracting bias as educators

- Self-care in the workplace

- Forming authentic cross-racial relationships

- Bias in the media

- Servant leadership

...and much more!

Please contact us if you'd like to discuss these options further.

 

Example Professional Development Sessions

Teaching, Loving, and Believing in Black Girls

Being a Black girl is joyful, magical, and yet, sometimes complicated and difficult. Research has shown that Black girls are viewed by their teachers as more aggressive and less innocent, and are more likely to be punished than their White counterparts. This session will offer a brief overview of the research surrounding Black girls in classroom settings as well as a few strategies that can be implemented in the classroom to center Black girls’ voices. We will also discuss ways that teachers can work to counteract their biases in regard to Black girls, and will look at a few student reflections about what they wish their teachers knew and understood about being a Black girl. This session is great for teachers of grades K-12.

S.O.S (S).: Saving Ourselves (and Our Sisters) – Self-care for Women of Color in Independent Schools

“Come celebrate with me that everyday something has tried to kill me and has failed.” – Lucille Clifton. Conversations about supporting students of color are necessary and should be ongoing. However, knowing that 85% of the staff working in schools are women, we would argue that to effectively support students of color we must first ask, “How are we supporting women faculty and staff of color?” In this session, we will discuss research highlighting how stress in women of color can manifest in visible and invisible ways. Additionally, we will explore the complex identity structures and investigate the “Balancing Act Phenomena” of women of color working in independent schools. Participants will walk away with practical ways to positively impact the wellness of women of color in independent schools, as this is a crucial step in increasing the wellness of students of color.

The Playbook: A Framework for Sustainable Equity Work in Schools

Administrators understand that affinity groups offer an important platform for voices often relegated to the margins. Black Student Unions, Hispanic-Latinx Club, and Gender & Sexuality Awareness clubs exist on your campus, but how does the school create structures to gather all students (and other stakeholders!) and transition from discussion into action that makes for a more equitable experience at school? This session will offer a brief overview of the work of Gloria Ladson-Billings’s culturally relevant pedagogy and Django Paris’s culturally sustaining pedagogy, and delve into the ways in which two schools have built upon the work of teaching and loving girls of color to create more equitable communities for all students. We will discuss practical ways to translate values into action within the classroom and at the school leadership table.

Community Engagement

Core to the mission of The Wells Collective is the wellbeing of Women of Color.

 

We believe that there are two facets of this wellbeing: the work that Women of Color must engage in amongst only themselves, and the work that people of all backgrounds must engage in together.

 

As such, The Wells Collective is committed to hosting affinity spaces for Women of Color to process their experiences, as well as hosting spaces in which people of various racial and gender backgrounds can come together to collectively challenge racism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia, etc. in the spaces in which we occupy.

 

Onward in the name of justice, together. 

Be free. Be well.

 

Black Women can do anything. They have proven that time and time and time again.

- Tarana Burke

The Wells Collective

Wellness.  Equity.  

Liberation. Love. Sisterhood.

Empowering Women 

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