Anti-Oppression Development for Higher Ed

Questions to consider:
  • Does your higher education institution struggle to be truly inclusive of people from historically marginalized groups?
  • Is your college, department, unit or program grounded in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) principles, but still failing to achieve the kind of change you desire?
  • Are you ready for deeper work?
We can help

Through our Anti-Oppression Development program, our team of experts (see below) enable people in higher education to see how oppression is infused into history, culture, institutions, ideology, pedagogy, policies, practices, and the everyday actions of individuals. We then equip people to become change agents through training, coaching, and mentoring.

We work with your team and institution to build on what you’ve started

Capacity Building. We enable your team to recognize and address systemic oppression in its overt and subtle forms.

Assessment. Our approaches help your organization identify its strengths and challenges.

Training. We help people learn the principles and practices of anti-oppression through interactive education.

Coaching. We help individuals find innovative solutions to problems and find joy in anti-oppression work.

Mentoring. Our approach provides personal support and models for addressing anti-oppression issues.

People in our society are hurt by oppression

DEI programs can fail to address why people are marginalized. Our Anti-Oppression Development program addresses the root causes of institutional prejudice, discrimination, and exclusion—the factors that keep systemic oppression in place. We stand ready to help you discover a sustainable path to authentic organizational transformation.

The path forward

We consider our work as a long-term developmental process. Many people welcome anti-oppression as a long-term developmental strategy because an anti-oppression framework addresses root causes of discrimination and exclusion. Our team (see below) possesses a rich blend of experience in higher education, anti-oppression, organizational development. If you are interested, we are ready to help. Contact Robin Parker at or 856 235-2664.

Download an information sheet here.

Team Biographies

Maria Ortiz Borden is Co-Executive Director of Pulse at the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research and an independent consultant/coach. Prior to joining the Upjohn Institute… (more)

Dr. Jason Laker is a Professor of Higher Education, Student Affairs, and Community Development (and former Vice President for Student Affairs) at San José State University (a Federally-Designated Hispanic-Serving, and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving University) in California.  He is also… (more)

Robin Parker is the Executive Director of the Center. He has thirty years of experience in conducting diversity training with an antiracism focus while employed at the Center and earlier when he served as… (more)

J.R. Reynolds is Special Initiatives Director of the Center. He holds anti-oppression expertise in race and culture relations, food justice and housing equity. He also is… (more)

Dr. Dena Samuels, serves as a mindfulness-based diversity, equity, and inclusion author, speaker, leadership trainer, and consultant. As an award-winning… (more)

Jorge Zeballos is an independent equity and inclusion consultant with decades of expertise conducting workshops and leading long-term equity initiatives at K-12 schools, colleges and universities, healthcare organizations, city governments, police and departments and non-profit organizations. He spent 15 years… (more)


Robin Parker at or 856 235-2664