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Our Bilateral Assessment is a strategic way to start your organization's Diversity Equity, and Inclusion journey! We take a two-sided approach to DEI by assessing the organization's environment as well as interpersonal aspects to create true, authentic inclusion. 

What is the bilateral approach?

Truclusion has a bilateral approach to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The first branch of our bilateral approach encompasses the environment created by members of social identity groups holding societal power (e.g., white, cisgender male, heterosexual), and how the environment becomes more inclusive as they advance their perspectives along a continuum: Early Inclusion, Emerging Inclusion, Transitional Inclusion, and Intentional Inclusion. Between the stages of Emerging and Transitional, there is a place where people holding power must accept responsibility for their groupness, and the power that comes with it. We call this place the Culpability Line.

The second branch of Truclusion’s bilateral approach is based upon cultivating individual capacity to match impact to intention, primarily through developing interpersonal behaviors conducive to moving forward. This second-branch is also a continuum with four points: Denial, Judgement, Fear, and Realization. To progress from Judgement to Fear, one must release themselves from judging themselves and others—we call this step the Judgement Line. The second branch work enables members of power-holding identity groups to improve the impact of their words and actions. It also provides marginalized group members with tools that empower them to participate in affecting change, speeding up the pace in which equitable, power-sharing outcomes are realized. This second branch is also a key element to navigating the complexities of intersectionality.

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What do I get in the assessment?


When you take our assessment, you will get up to 40 pages of personalized data which includes:

  • An explanation of the approach

  • Areas of strength and growth

  • Experiences of marginalized group members

  • Perspectives of dominant/power-holding group members

  • Measurable drivers of retention and attrition

  • Data interpretations

  • Hexagonal mapping like the table shown above

Please contact us to learn more about our bilateral approach and see a demonstration of how our approach will work for your organization!

Frequently asked questions

  • What is the difference between a presentation and a facilitated training?
    A presentation presents information--usually through a slide deck--with the goal of providing information to participants. Presentations may also include activities that help create awareness of privledge and social identities. Facilitation provides the enviornment for individuals to evolve while at the training, and the tools to continue evolution
  • Why do you often require two facilitators?
    When working with both traditionally dominant group members and traditionally marginalized group members in a group larger than eight, we will typically require two facilitators. The best group outcomes are a result of how far facilitators take participants into the work. While one facilitator navigates a particular discussion, the second facilitator studyies body language and takes notes about what is being said. The two facilitators check in with each often and determine whether to push forward, pull back, or change directions. This process is invaluable to executing truly transformational sessions.
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