Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategic Networking and Planning Circle

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Networking and Strategic Planning Circle provides practical and customized solutions to some of the challenges faced by mission-driven organizations as they diagnose, design, develop, and implement internal and external DEI policies and best practices.

Moreover, it aims to connect and build a network of DEI leaders in the Inland Empireregion who will support each other moving forward and act as a trusted resource and go-toexperts on this topic in the region.


Focus on aspects such as race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, nationality, socioeconomic status, language, (dis)ability, age, religious commitment, or political perspective, while prioritizing populations underrepresented and marginalized in the broader society.


Focus on justice, impartiality and fairness within the procedures, processes, and distribution of resources in relation with institutions or systems.


Focus on participation in decision-making processes and access to opportunitieswithin organizational settings for everyone.

Circle Details


  • up to 8 participants responsible for DEI work within mission-driven organizations


  • Five two-hour sessions (10 hours) over the course of 5 months
  • Discussion and presentations on various topics
  • Case studies and curated content
  • Resources


April, May, June, July and August – dates to be determined 


The cost of the program is $1,900. A limited number of partial tuition waivers is available thanks to the generous support of the Wells Fargo Open for Business Fund.

Focus and priorities

DEI and Workforce and Employment

DEI and Workplace

DEI and Marketplace

DEI and Communications

DEI And Community And Network Building

DEI and organizational Leadership

meet some of Instructors

Rajiv Desai

Expertise: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion / Strategic planning

Taharima Habib

Expertise: Board engagement and development / Diversity, equity and inclusion / Community engagement

Frequently asked questions

Participants must be able to attend all five sessions. The program is highly interactive and requires the attendance and participation of all members to achieve the best outcomes for all. 

Registering through the website is all that is required. We will follow-up with further instructions and details as the start of the program approaches.

The cost of the program is $900 down from its original price of $1900 thanks to the generous support of the Wells Fargo Open for Business Fund. 

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join us and advance your organization's Commitment to Advancing dEI Values and best practices

Jose Navarrete

Jose Navarrete Cruz has been a Finance Professor at CSU – San Bernardino, since 2016. He has taught and continues to teach courses in Corporate Finance, Financial Theory & Practice, Investments, International Finance, Derivatives, Financial Analysis, and Business Plan Development. He also teaches for the School of Business at the University of Redlands and is a regular visiting professor at the National Economics University in Vietnam.

Jose is the founder and Chief Financial Officer of an education in technology company and a partner in a Beach Club in Tulum, Mexico. He has over 10 years of experience working for and supporting entrepreneurial ventures. 

He has served as an advisor for many student organizations and is a member of several university boards.

He is a fellow Coyote and received three bachelor’s degrees from California State University, San Bernardino, along with two master’s degrees. He graduated as a member of five honor societies, graduated Cum Laude, and graduated as the top student in Real Estate during his undergraduate studies. As part of his graduate education, he completed a dual MBA in entrepreneurship and finance.

He sees himself as an entrepreneur, but most importantly as an educator. He continually works with his students and entrepreneurs in helping them navigate their way through their endeavors and believes that hard work and perseverance can lead to great achievements.

Taharima Habibi

Taharima is a multidisciplinary community builder and organizer, specializing in facilitation and training design in nonprofit and charity organizations. Born in Bangladesh, she came to Canada at the age of 3 with her family and calls Montreal her home.

Taharima has a Masters degree in Microbiology and Infectiology from the University of Sherbrooke, where she studied the functions of HIV. After falling in love with the communications and public facing aspect of her academic work, she left research to pursue a career in the community and non-profit sector across Montreal, in grassroots and national organizations.

Taharima has built and sustained relationships in the Montreal communities where she has done consulting work for board of directors and executive staff. Today, Taharima is working with junior and senior staff members in mission-driven organizations across Canada, helping them with professional development, and with board directors as a consultant in Culture and Capacity building.

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