My approach to social justice and equity consulting is invitational and strengths-based.
My intention is to invite individuals and groups into honest reflections about their beliefs, ways of thinking and behaving. Through this reflective process, individuals choose how they may want to change, grow, or engage in healing.
Being strengths-based means I support individuals and groups to identify the gift and talents that will support their efforts to be more just and inclusive. By recognizing even the briefest moments of belonging and connection, we can harness the strengths that were used to create those moments to build movements of equity and belonging.
In my approach I also draw upon my experience as a faculty member in Leadership Studies and employ a theoretical framework that combines Organizational Theory, Critical Theory, Social Justice Theory and Change Management techniques to facilitate social change on the individual, group, and organizational levels. I focus on providing practical strategies and developing tangible competencies through a humanistic lens.
Organizational Development and
I work with organizations and individual leaders to co-create and implement long term change plans rooted in equity, access, and social justice.
Partnerships can range from 3-months to a year; and I work closely with the organization to assess its current capacity for change and identify strategic goals for development.
Potential tools to be used in the consulting process are:
Workshops and Trainings
I provide workshops and trainings that can range from 60 minutes to multi-day retreats.
I have worked with audiences ranging from undergraduate and graduate students to professional staff and faculty in higher education settings. I work closely with the organization to assess the needs of the audience and create specific learning outcomes to best serve the group.
I use a mix of lecture, small and large group dialogue, personal reflection, media, and artistic expression to engage the audience in meaningful learning and building capacity for social change.
Possible Topics Include:
Team Assessments (*Certified in the following assessments)
Creating Healthy Spaces for Men of Color on College Campuses
The Roots of my Masculinity: Exploring Manhood and Defining Healthy Masculinities
Investing in my Strengths and Nourishing my Culture Wealth: Empowering First Generation Students of Color
Strategies for White Women Supervisors to Better Support Men of Color Student Leaders
As a speaker, I engage audiences by combining conceptual frameworks with personal storytelling to invite participants to think deeper about their own stories, gain new knowledge about social justice issues, and leave inspired to develop the skills necessary to create change. Keynotes can range in length and the content will be tailored specifically to the themes of the event.
In two short days, Ale helped a diverse group reach a greater understanding of their identities and individual experiences, as well as the history and systems that in one way or another tie us together. He challenged participants effectively, keeping love and empathy at the center of each conversation. He provided the necessary tools and guidance to create a safe community space.
As a facilitator, Ale is inclusive, thoughtful, and responsive to needs of the group. He readily connects with participants, uses personal examples to share concepts and model skills; and engages with compassionate accountability.
Dr. Ale is grounded in decades of EDI work and life experience, in theory and reality, and is focused on disrupting oppressive dynamics and structures and co-creating true equity, inclusion and liberation.
I love working with Alé. I so appreciate his passion and commitment to creating greater inclusion and equity in his work with students, staff and faculty.
Ale has challenged me at various points of my professional journey to deconstruct and to reconstruct. As a coach, he has guided me towards meaningful ways to spark and sustain social change in leadership roles. As a result of Ale's mentorship I bring a higher level of awareness to educational spaces and I feel more prepared for humanizing, inclusive communication.
His connections with participants are personalized and heartfelt, and his strengths-based, heuristic approach supports an increase in both a depth and breadth of understanding.
Mindful, moving, and empowering, Ale shows students, faculty, and staff which tools best fit them individually to engage with the community.
I have delighted in Ale's ability to honor where participants are and then offer new perspectives and tools using his own powerful stories and examples. Participants seem to easily relate to Alé and are inspired by him to deepen their self-work and increase their capacity to create meaningful change. I have been especially impressed with how consistently Alé explores both his marginalized and privileged identities to connect with participants and model so powerfully how they can acknowledge and own the full breadth of their intersecting identities.