BRI Workshops

Healing Practices for Crisis Managers in Higher Education

This half-day workshop centers the experiences of campus crisis managers, campus incident response teams, and other caring professionals in higher education.

Women of Color in Education: A Leadership Symposium

This empowering symposium provides an opportunity for professional women of color in education to explore strategies that help them reclaim their time, spaces, and voices within their colleges/universities, K-12 schools, and nonprofit organizations.

Equity and Inclusion in Higher Education: A Think Tank Series

This powerful and timely multi-part Think Tank Series addresses the most critical topics of equity, diversity and social justice issues challenging college and university campuses across the country. 

Recap: Equity Think Tank Series

Equity in Higher Education Think Tank Series

Hosted by TAINA Coaching & Training LLC and Benson Rutten Innovations

Co-sponsored by Macalester College

Friday, January 19, 2018 

9:00am - 4:00pm

-and-

Friday, March 9, 2018  

9:00am - 4:00pm

Macalester College, St. Paul, MN


Participants in this powerful Equity Think Tank Series had the opportunity to address the most critical topics of equity, diversity and social justice issues challenging campuses today. Through facilitated discussions, roundtable dialogues, coaching sessions, and a mastermind feedback session, staff and faculty participants developed strategic plans for their institutional areas and brought that work back to their own campuses for future implementation.  The energy that was created and the wisdom that was shared during this Think Tank Series was inspiring, and each of the institutional teams brought dedication and commitment to their work of developing thoughtful and sustainable equity strategic plans that will be implemented on their campuses.


BRI thanks the six amazing institutions who participated in the Equity in Higher Education Think Tank Series:

  • Adler Graduate School
  • Carleton College
  • Macalester College
  • North Hennepin Community College
  • Saint Paul College
  • University of Minnesota  

We also thank our excellent panelists and speakers, who provided so much wisdom and guidance to our participants:

Interested In Hosting a Think Tank Series?

If your campus, business, or organization is interested in hosting an Equity Think Tank Series in the future, please contact us. 

It Takes a Village: Workshop Recap

It Takes a Village: Inspiring Young Black Women and Girls

Presented by Successful Connections and Benson Rutten Innovations


Thursday, October 26, 2017

1:00pm - 4:00pm

Macalester College

1600 Grand Avenue

St. Paul, MN


This interactive workshop provided an opportunity for participants to learn new ways to motivate, encourage, inspire, and support young Black women and girls in school, at home, and in the community.  Featured speakers included teaching artist Beverly Cottman, self-discovery coach Jaton White, and psychologist Dr. Beryl Wingate.


The thirty-one (31) workshop participants, who included K-12 teachers and administrators, college/university staff and faculty, nonprofit organization staff, youth workers, and community organizers: 

  • Learned from therapists and community leaders about the experiences of young Black women and girls, including the obstacles they face and their potential for success; .  
  • Created personal action plans to become more mentally fit and resilient in order to better serve as a model of inspiration for young Black women and girls. 
  • Walked away with tools and strategies to enhance their work and relationships with young Black women and girls.

The energy that was created in this workshop was inspiring, and we truly appreciated the whole-hearted engagement from the participants. We are confident that they will use the tools they learned and action plans they created to move purposely forward and continue to be mentally fit, resilient, and positive role models of inspiration for the young people with whom they work. We thank them for taking the time and making the commitment to invest in the success and empowerment of young Black women and girls!