Race Equity Culture™ Virtual Partner Training with Ahimsa Strategies and Satori

Building an Equity Container: Operationalizing Equity by Tending To Your Holding Environment

This two-part workshop is for organizational leaders looking to build strong multiracial teams that excel at working through harm, tension and conflict as they seek to dismantle white supremacy.


Has your team laid a foundation for racial equity work, but it still feels like you aren’t getting anywhere? If so, it may be worth looking at your team’s container – the conditions that allow teams to actually be together in the work of dismantling white supremacy. Efforts to change organizational policies, practices and structures often fall apart when your team’s relationships are not where they need to be. And unexplored tensions around how power, accountability and other factors operate on your team can cause harm (especially to team members of color) and damage relationships, undermining your team’s work.

This two-part workshop will support participants in building stronger equity containers, so that their teams can work through disagreement and conflict in ways that bring them closer together and closer to transformation.


Participants will come away from this workshop with:

  • A framework for assessing and tending to their team’s/organization’s equity container
  • Increased knowledge of what an equity container is, why it matters, and how tending to it helps equity work go deeper
  • An initial assessment of their team’s and/or organization’s container
  • An action plan to build, repair or strengthen their team’s or organization’s container based on learnings from the initial assessment, and
  • Day-to-day practices they can bring back to their organizations to help tend to their organizations’ containers.


Building an Equity Container is tailored for teams and organizations that have laid some basic groundwork for racial equity (e.g., trainings, equity audit) and are looking to translate that groundwork into sustained, transformational change. This workshop should be especially valuable for CEOs, board officers, DEI directors, department directors and team managers. Consultants and professional facilitators may also find value in this offering. Colleagues may opt to attend this workshop in groups of as many as four, but the workshop is designed for individuals. To request a workshop for your team, organization or network, please contact the facilitators directly at tamir@ahimsastrategies.com and niki.jagpal@gmail.com.


Upcoming Workshops and Cost

Equity In The Center updated service pricing to a tiered pricing model in April 2022 to better align with best practices among equity-focused organizations. We ask that organizations purchasing tickets on behalf of their staff purchase tickets in the tier that aligns with your organizational budget and sector. For individuals purchasing tickets for themselves, we ask that those with greater privilege purchase tickets at the higher end, which will allow individuals with historically less access to wealth, disproportionately BIPOC folks, to pay the lower fees.

Refund PolicyApply for a Race Equity Culture™ Scholarship

Q2 2024 Session

Tuesday, May 28, 1:00 – 3:00 pm ET AND
Tuesday, June 4, 1:00 – 3:00 pm ET

(12-2pm CT / 11am-1pm MT / 10am-12pm PT)

Subsidized Rate Actual Cost Rate Supporter Rate Investment Rate
Non-profits with budgets <$1M Non-profits with budgets between $1M and $3,999,999; government Foundations with assets less than $10M; non-profits with budgets between $4M and $9,999,999 All for-profit companies; foundations with assets over $10M; and non-profits with budgets $10M and above
$175 $200 $225 $250

*Budget categories based on Rockwood Leadership Institute’s tiered pricing model


Niki Jagpal, MPP

Niki Jagpal is Executive Vice President at Equity in the Center helping with vision, strategy, research, communications and more. She is a seasoned leader, researcher, and facilitator with over 15 years of progressive organization- and field-building experience. She authored and oversaw the production of action-based research that supports philanthropies in investing in social justice work at the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP). Most notably, she was the primary author of Criteria for Philanthropy at Its Best, the first set of measurable equity benchmarks for foundations. She has advocated for foundations to be more responsive to the needs of underserved communities and to fund structural reform that advances social justice and belonging.

Niki has helped organize women’s marches, increase voter turnout, and support recovery in Post-Katrina New Orleans. She has mentored established and next-gen nonprofit leaders, and presented at universities and national conferences. She has also consulted with several progressive nonprofits and foundations including the Groundswell Fund, the Marguerite Casey Foundation, and Change Elemental.

Niki aims to lead with compassion, intention, humility, and inclusion and her work is informed by her practice of Buddhism and the teachings of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. Niki loves dogs – especially pitbulls!


Niki Jagpal is pictured smiling at the camera with long black hair and her arm on her hip. She is wearing a black shirt with the Equity In The Center logo

Tamir Novotny, MPA

Tamir Novotny is principal of Ahimsa Strategies, a coaching and facilitation practice that supports progressive leaders and organizations in advancing justice while living in our full humanity. His projects focus on supporting individuals and teams in moving through the tensions, contradictions and conflict inherent in equity work while strengthening relationships and promoting accountability beyond punishment culture. He is also the host of In It Together: A Podcast for White Allies. Prior to starting Ahimsa Strategies, Tamir ran Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, a progressive, membership-based organization working to empower emerging leaders and elevate philanthropic practice in order to build a more just, equitable and sustainable world. Tamir received a Masters in Public Administration from the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and a BA from NYU in Metropolitan Studies. He is also a Certified Professional Coach. In his spare time, Tamir enjoys climbing, hanging out with his nibblings, and making music.

A selfie of Tamir glancing into the distance against a backdrop of green hills and a body of water