Birds of a Feather

J.E.D.I. Programming

(Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion)

The Birds of a Feather flock works with nonprofits and social impact organizations to design and deliver customized programs that support their organizational needs and meet their learning goals on the issues of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion. We tailor virtual learning experiences from an existing list of topics or create custom sessions for a specific need.

Virtual learning experiences may focus on the following topics:

  • Brief History of Systemic Racism in the U.S.
  • Roots of Inequity and Exclusion in Philanthropy
  • Importance of Individual, Collective & Historical Trauma
  • Pillars of Dominant Culture in the U.S.
  • Unconscious Bias: Like-me, Confirmation, Anchor
  • Microaggressions 
  • Tone Policing
  • Intent vs. Impact
  • White Supremacy Culture
  • Being an Aspiring Ally
  • Available Resources for Continued Learning

We design our programming with the recognition that learning happens through rich experiences that expand participant’s knowledge, shifts their thinking, and provides an opportunity to practice. We offer action-planning opportunities as a part of each learning session, so participants have the chance to apply what they’ve learned toward concrete next steps. We also offer coaching, policy and program assessment, and follow-up services to support nonprofits as they implement new practices and processes toward building an environment that embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Virtual learning opportunities can include one half-day session, or smaller sessions on multiple days. Content and the organization’s desired outcomes dictate the length of programming.

Please reach out for a consultation so we can learn more about your needs!

Who we are and why choose us…

Birds of a Feather is comprised of Petra Solimon-Bautista and Julie Ann Rivers-Cochran. They met in 2006 when serving on a statewide steering committee on the prevention of domestic violence and sexual assault. Both national leaders in the field, they realized that if they joined forces to educate on the root causes of violence like racism and sexism, they could advance their ultimate goal of a world free of all oppression and violence even further while working side-by-side with a person they each deeply respect and admire.

Now, with safety precautions and travel restrictions in place because of COVID-19, nonprofits may experience their offerings virtually without the added travel and associated costs.

Petra L. Solimon-Bautista, MPA

Petra is from the Pueblo of Laguna located 50 miles west of Albuquerque, New Mexico USA. She is the daughter of Elliott and Lucinda Solimon of Laguna Pueblo. Petra is an enrolled Tribal member of the Pueblo of Laguna and works with the Pueblo of Laguna Partners for Success, where she is Director of many programs including Partners for Success, Laguna Acoma Connections, and the PoL Direct Education Scholarship. In 2020, under Petra’s leadership, Partners for Success was awarded the Program of the Year by the US Department of Labor. Her involvement in the Native American community involves American Indian education, Native Financial Literacy, the Indian Child Welfare Act and Domestic Violence, just to name a few.

Petra has worked in various roles with nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and foundations across the country to address and ultimately dismantle the systemic oppression of black, Indigenous, people of color everywhere.

She holds a Masters and Bachelors in Public Administration from Barry University in Miami, FL and is an Appointed Member of the New Mexico Statewide independent Living Council. She is also the Chair of the New Mexico Native American Workforce Partners.

Julie Ann Rivers-Cochran, MSW

Julie Ann is from Upstate NY and currently lives in Northern Michigan. She is President of Blackbird Consulting for Nonprofits. Because of her work within the field of the intervention and prevention of gender-based violence prior to starting Blackbird, she has a unique perspective on issues related to violence including its root causes.

Julie Ann is committed to social justice and recognizes the oppressive systems that create and maintain violence in our culture. As a result, she strives to create spaces that value diversity, equity and inclusion – while recognizing her societal privileges as a white woman. This perspective has translated well into helping her clients solve complex issues and create new visions for their organization’s future.

She holds a Masters in Social Work from Florida State University, a B.A. in Journalism/Communications from St. John Fisher College and a certificate in Transformative Nonprofit Leadership from the University of Notre Dame.

For more details on Julie Ann, click here.