Chosen Collective Consulting believes in the ability for BIPOC and/or LGBTQIA+ people to thrive, lead, advocate and thoughtfully engage in equitable, just, inclusive and supportive environments. This will aid in the sustainable growth of organizations and most importantly, a better quality of life and lived reality for historically oppressed and disinvested communities and their future generations.
We believe in a world where BIPOC and/or LGBTQIA+ folks no longer have to "rest" or "retreat" from oppressive systems and cultures and that organizational leaders lead with empathy, accountability, and action . The work of equity and inclusion takes us all.
"Dio Aldridge and Kristen Surla are the perfect combination of professional and personable. They led a dynamic, engaging workshop that allowed staff to gain a better understanding of some of the issues that staff of color and LGBTQIA+ staff face in the world and at work. They then offered actionable tips that anyone could use in the workplace to help improve the environment for LGBTQIA+ staff, especially with regards to pronoun usage and misgendering in the workplace. I was very impressed with the presentation, which felt like a short two hours together! Highly recommend this workshop."
"The couple conducting the seminar was awesome. These sessions have been an opportunity for team members to connect with each other, learn about important LGBTQIA+ topics, and open up in ways I haven't seen before in corporate spaces. Thank you Social Responsibility Team for putting together an amazing virtual experience for all of us; it truly makes me proud to witness these conversations happening at Snap."
"It was very clear very quickly that our consultants are knowledgeable and VERY passionate about their subject. Their warm demeanor encouraged us to share our thoughts and they gave us new perspective. Time very well spent! "
"Dio is an authentic and engaging facilitator. He established community guidelines for the workshop, explained the importance of self-reflection, reviewed DEI issues in artistic critique, and shared strategies for effective communication and feedback between faculty and diverse students.
Nsombi B. Ricketts (she/her/hers)
Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
"I would like to thank you for the workshop you did with us in the Art Department at CSB/SJU. It was very helpful. Previous speakers at CSB/SJU have been insightful, but often in a more introductory way that was intended more for students. I think you addressed the particular needs of our faculty and staff really well. "
"Dio is phenomenal. I found him engaging and insightful. I gained more nuanced tools to help me adjust and grow. Community Guidelines & Workshop (Critique) set up. I also gained specific ways (formats. templates, ways of thinking) to engage students (and keep myself engaged) in reflecting about identity, blindspots, values, and strengths "
"I loved learning about different ways that I can implement racial and gender inclusion as a veterinarian and as a person. Your presentation was super helpful and informative and I will absolutely use all of your tips in the future so thank you very much"
Torre Muhlbach, DVM Candidate '23
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine