The Opening Doors Diversity Project’s mission is to provide quality leadership, technical assistance, training and education that support all dimensions of diversity. Our partnership approach is distinguished by its vision, research base and its safe and expansive learning opportunities.
We envision an abundant world of integrated, diverse communities founded in the inherent goodness and human dignity of each person.
Our Approach: Summary
The Opening Doors Diversity Project approach incorporates current research on successful organizational development and personal behavioral change. Together these valuable bodies of knowledge bring strategies and vision to the practical application of making change.
The research base includes:
- Theories of organizational development which focus on system structures and management practices that create a healthy diverse organizational climate. It is the process through which an organization develops the internal capacity to be the most effective it can be in its mission’s work.
- The personal development work includes oppression theory, which focuses on group identity relative to power, privilege and difference, highlighting our inherited divisions and their current impact. Social identity development theory is used as a strategic process for personal movement.