Join five VISIONS consultants and psychologists who do transformational change work in a range of settings as they discuss the importance of both doing and going beyond personal-level work to bring about powerful organizational shifts. Leveraging skilled training interventions that take into account sociological models of racial identity development in addition to offering skills for working through the resistance and discomfort that this work often brings up, the VISIONS model is a powerful driver for effective, sustainable, and lasting organizational change.
The VISIONS’ consultation model is unique in the diversity, equity, & inclusion (DEI) field, having been developed over the last 40 years from a combination of approaches in social psychology, sociology, and political economics. This deep grounding in social science knowledge has resulted in an interpretive framework and practice approach that supports individuals and organizations in addressing the cultural underpinnings of oppression across multiple dimensions to create change at the personal, interpersonal, institutional, and cultural levels. Understanding DEI organizational and individual development approaches based in psychology and other social sciences can assist organizational leaders and change agents in their planning and oversight of DEI interventions in their settings.
This webinar is geared toward organizational leaders and human resource professionals across the range of public, private and non-profit organizations. It will be an important opportunity to understand the social science behind VISIONS’s work and to think broadly about the impacts of DEI programs on individuals, work teams, and organizations.
Meet our Speakers and Panelists
Jamila Batts Capitman, MA
VISIONS, Inc Programs Associate-Youth Innovations
Jamila Batts Capitman, MA is a Staff Counselor at Simmons University and Youth Development Specialist and consultant at VISIONS Inc. Jamila is the former Director of Multicultural Student programming at Milton Academy and was an educator at the Boston Public School system. An actress, playwright and producer/director with a Master’s degree in Drama Therapy from Lesley University, Jamila works on various creative independent projects that center her passions for beauty, justice and transformative connection.
Jim Turner, PHD
VISIONS, Inc Consultants
Dr. Turner is a professor of Psychology at John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, CA, a specialist in chemical dependency and addictions, and a member of the American Psychological Association. He is a senior VISIONS consultant and the chair of the Consultant Advisory Committee. He also serves on the Ethics Committee of VISIONS. He retired from Kaiser Permanente Medical Center Oakland, Ca. after 24 years of service as a staff psychologist, Director of Training and Assistant Program Director. He is experienced in community consultation and was voted one of the 50 most influential members of the Oakland/San Francisco Bay area for his support of community projects. He earned his doctorate in psychology from University of California-Berkeley Campus.
Haley Sparks, PHD, LLMSW
VISIONS, Inc Mental Health Program Manager
Dr. Sparks takes the lead on VISIONS's upcoming mental health services program. Haley received her PhD in the Personality and Social Contexts area of Psychology at the University of Michigan and Masters in Social Work at the University of Michigan. Haley has worked as a therapist with individuals, couples, families and groups and currently serves as the Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in External Affairs at the University of California, Los Angeles. In her free time, Haley loves trying different exercise classes, traveling, and hearing people's stories.
John Capitman, PHD
VISIONS, Inc Co-Founder & Consultant
Dr. Capitman is a co-founder of VISIONS and a social psychologist specializing in race/ethnicity, gender, and life-course issues. His work explores how public policies and practitioner decisions create and sustain inequalities in health and well-being for individuals and communities He helped to develop the modern racism theory highlighted in VISIONS workshops and consultations. Currently he serves as the Executive Director of the Central Valley Health Policy Institute and Nickerson Professor of Public Health at California State University, Fresno. He earned his doctorate from Duke University.
Ellen Morrison, LICSW
VISIONS, Inc Consultant
Ellen Morrison, LCSW collaborates with groups and individuals in catalyzing their efforts toward equity, bringing attention to the analysis of power as a core element of interpersonal and organizational change. Her work as a DEIB consultant is informed by a twenty-five year career in community mental health specializing in systems work, inspired by a lineage of movement building and impacted by an intentional personal journey in understanding her relationship to power and privilege. She has a consultancy practice focused on antiracism and organizes with the Bay Area Chapter of SURJ.