Request for Proposals: Anti-Oppression/ Anti-Racism Training for Staff and Volunteers

Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services works to provide Health with Dignity for the most vulnerable immigrants, refugees, and their communities. We do this by facilitating access to services and addressing systemic inequities. We are a city-wide organization and have a mandate to work with the most disadvantaged and marginalized newcomers, immigrants and refugees in Toronto. Our model of health and well-being is inter-disciplinary, collaborative and client centred.

Access Alliance is in the process of re-vitalizing our Anti-Oppression/Anti-Racism committee. We want to build on previous work including policy development, capacity building, advocacy and training. As we work together to develop our work plan and priorities for the coming years, we want to undertake a level-setting training for all staff and volunteers.

At Access Alliance we have historically used the terms Anti-Oppression and Anti-Racism. Language is important and these words denote focus on action and better link to our commitment to systemic change.

Project overview
With 80+ staff working across roles, disciplines, programs and three locations, we want to provide Anti-Racism/ Anti-Oppression training that is grounded on our values and mission. It must be reflective of the complex external environment right now (BLM, Anti-Asian racisms, Islamophobia, Transphobia, colonialism) and on how to be an effective advocate and ally. Our mandate is one of working with communities that face systemic discrimination, marginalization, violence and poverty due to race, immigration status, gender, sexuality, etc. This training will include sessions for all staff as well as a session for core volunteers.

Within a context of diverse lived experiences, power dynamics and different understandings of accountability, agency and capacity we hope these trainings will create a respectful space for all participants to work towards common understanding. We also want to achieve a sense of safety, trust and meaningful relations to ground our shared commitment to anti-oppression and anti-racism.

Project activities will include:

  • Supporting the AO/AR committee to clarify training objectives and expected outcomes
  • Undertaking a targeted assessment of training needs (internal enviro scan, possible staff survey, review of specific documents)
  • Planning and implementing recommended training sessions with all staff (modality contingent on external restrictions)
  • Evaluating staff experience in the training
  • Documenting all processes and producing all training and resource material developed

Proposal Submission
We are not looking for a cookie cutter approach and as such appreciate that proposals may include a developmental component based on discussions with A0/AR committee. We want a vision of what training could look like with options mapped out. We expect the successful applicants will have an understanding of constraints experienced by NPOs – time, money, availability of staff, etc. We do expect some sort of high level costing projections as well as realistic timelines.

Proposal Content
In submitting your proposal, please include the following:

  • Descriptions of your work, including relevant and specific experiences which will help us determine why you are the right consultant for this project.
  • Outline of your qualifications.
  • Two examples of project documents (e.g. written report, project plan, etc.).
  • Overview of your understanding of the scope and requirements of the project.
  • A description of the proposed approach and methodologies to be employed.
  • A proposed work plan and clear breakdown of the tasks, showing the amount of time you will spend on this project and expected milestones.
  • An overview of your expectations of the Anti-Oppression/ Anti-Racism committee.
  • A budget for the total cost of the work, including materials and other expenditures including taxes.
  • Three references, with both email and phone details and a brief summary of the work completed, ideally from similar projects.

As part of our commitment to equity, diversity and to reflect the community we serve, we encourage business owners/ respondents from Black, Indigenous and racialized communities; as well as those with disabilities or identify as a part of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, to apply.

Application Process and Deadline
Please submit any questions, requests for clarification, or background information by 5 pm on July 15, 2021

Responses to all questions will be sent back to interested parties by July 16, 2021.

Please submit your proposal by 3 pm on July 23, 2021.

Contact for questions and proposal submission:
Pilar Ramirez – Anti-Oppression/Anti-Racism Staff Training RFP

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