What We Do


Our mission is to transform the spaces we work and live in.


Single Theory of Change

Our work is anchored by a single theory of change: in order for meaningful, sustainable change to occur in any environment, a transformative process that includes all people and aspects of an organization must take place.  With over two decades of expertise, we take a highly collaborative approach with partner clients in building structures, competencies, and tools to advance and sustain equity efforts throughout all aspects of their organization.  This work fuels success. Period.

CEI engages people at all levels – from leadership to interns to external partners – to assess current workplace challenges, create collaborative toolkits, and implement long-term equity, diversity and inclusion plans to ensure personal prosperity and business success.  











How long do you typically work with organizations?

It varies. Generally, we sit down with interested parties to determine what their organization hopes to accomplish.  Depending on where an organization is in the equity conversation, the goals they hope to achieve and other factors, CEI will recommend strategies to meet their need.  This could be as short as a single day training to full transformational change in regards to equity, diversity and inclusion.  That process requires a one-year commitment.  You can learn more about our different services here.

Our organization is already doing some equity work, do we need to go through your whole process or can we start midstream?

Great question.  First, excellent job engaging in equity work!  Some organizations who are already engaged in this work, come to us for support in specific areas.  We will work with your team to create an individualized process to meet your organization’s specific needs. If your organization wanted to participate in our cohort model, the commitment is one year.

Who are your clients?

We work with various organizations; non-profits, corporate, foundations and school districts.  You can view our current clients and learn more about them on our client page.

Do you offer a payment plan or scholarship for workshop opportunities?

CEI is committed to enhancing our communities by educating the public on issues of equity, diversity and inclusion.  Our public trainings are $650 because of the intensity of the workshop, time-commitment, materials, and to ensure the most expert and engaging facilitators are leading.  The experience is rewarding, challenging and critical.   If you would like to request financial assistance or if you would like to donate funds to provide a scholarship to an individual, please contact Shafina Fazal- Gardner at shafina@ceipdx.org

Can I share the online course with others in my company?

No.  CEI allows one user per registrant.  We do however, encourage you to take your learning to your teams and practice leading them through some of the activities.  For companies interested in providing this course for multiple staff, CEI will provide a group rate.  Additionally, a company may purchase our course and have unlimited use for all staff.  To learn more about full course purchase please contact Shafina Fazal-Gardner at shafina@ceipdx.org

May we visit your office?

Absolutely!  We will be offering breakfast networking sessions where you can connect to other professionals while learning more about our work.  You may also schedule a specialized consultation or just stop in to say hello!  Check out our contact info at the bottom of the page!

I see that you hold networking breakfasts – can anyone attend these?

Yes! Regardless of your position you may attend these events. We also encourage stay- at-home parents, retirees, and anyone else who is committed to engaging in equity work to attend. Our goal is to bring communities of people together who all share an interest in equity, diversity and inclusion.

How much is it to rent your event space?

Please check out our events page to learn all about our rentals.