RANGE Consulting is a program of The Center on Colfax, providing comprehensive training and consulting services on IDEA (inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility) strategies, with an emphasis on LGBTQ+ best practices within the private, nonprofit, and government sectors throughout Colorado and beyond. In addition to these services, RANGE Consulting is launching three new initiatives in 2023: RANGE Business Partner Program, PRIDE Job Board, and PRIDE Job Fair. LGBTQ+ employees deserve to bring their whole, authentic selves to work and to be respected and valued for their contributions. Our objective is to advance LGBTQ+ equity in all spaces.
Thank You to our RANGE Business Partners!
The PRIDE Job Board connects inclusive employers with talented LGBTQ+ candidates and allies. The PRIDE Job Board is the ideal platform for organizations to promote their job opportunities to thousands of prospective candidates via paid listings on The Center on Colfax and Denver PRIDE websites, and in subscriber newsletters promoting job opportunities.
The PRIDE Job Fair will be an in-person event that connects inclusive employers with talented LGBTQ+ candidates and allies. Organizations can engage with hundreds of prospective LGBTQ+ candidates and allies to promote their job opportunities at The PRIDE Job Fair. In addition to booth access, participating organizations will reach an audience of tens of thousands more on The Center on Colfax and Denver PRIDE websites.
Our Comprehensive Approach: RANGE Consulting believes that everyone has a role to play in supporting an organization’s IDEA initiatives. Every employee, not just leaders, are integral in creating inclusive cultures. Our engaging and judgement-free approach empowers employees by providing practical tools, techniques and strategies to create environments where everyone can thrive.
This course focuses on introducing basic language and terminology, while creating a safe space for questions. We will cover the differences between sexual orientation and gender identity, as well as expand on the additional types of diverse identities that fall beneath the umbrella categories of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer. This course explores best practices for engaging with the LGBTQ+ community, the importance of pronoun usages and their impact on transgender and gender diverse people, tips for supporting colleagues that come out as LGBTQ+, and strategies for supporting the community through allyship.
Understanding Transgender & Gender Expansive Communities
This training takes a deeper dive into the LGBTQ+ community. Building off the fundamental concepts from the LGBTQ+ Basics training, this training: Explores the experiences and challenges faced by transgender and gender expansive people; Develops a better understanding about the transition process; Explores a brief overview about transgender and gender expansive history; and Provides transgender and gender expansive affirming resources and services.
Understanding Pronoun Usage
Proper pronoun use is essential to creating welcoming environments for transgender and gender expansive people. Using incorrect pronouns (also known as misgendering), is disrespectful and plays a significant role in a creating hostile and unwelcoming atmospheres. This training examines the role and importance of pronouns in everyday interactions and includes a brief overview of gender identity and expression, and best practices for using inclusive communications.
Often times we observe conflicts and situations but don’t know how to intervene safely and effectively. Historically, anti-harassment courses have taught what not to do, but generally exclude techniques for what to do. This course provides effective strategies for identifying when a conflict is occurring and ways to safely intervene. We will discuss a variety of intervention strategies and apply them to different scenarios.
Implementing a Transition Plan at Work
When employees transition gender at work, entire teams and organizations transition with them. Research shows that transgender employees who are able to successfully transition while on-the-job experience higher job satisfaction, as well as improved mental health and life satisfaction. Is your organization prepared to assist employees in gender transitions at work? While every transition will be unique, a formal Transition Plan & Guidelines enables HR, management, and the transitioning employee to successfully navigate the transition in a way that demonstrates support for transgender employees and helps to minimize common problems and pitfalls. This training will assist your organization in developing and implementing Gender Transition plans and policies, address common best practices, and provide document templates for your use. If your organization has already implemented transition related policies and procedures, RANGE offers a trained and licensed attorney to conduct a legal review of your current policies and provide suggestions for improvement and compliance.
LGBTQ+ at Work
This workshop focuses on the responsibilities of management relating to their LGBTQ+ employees. We will review federal and state laws that provide legal protections for LGBTQ+ employees; the business case for LGBTQ+ workplace inclusion; best practices and common pitfalls that organizations often experience. We will discuss affirming policies on the topics of restrooms and locker rooms, dress codes, gendered and heteronormative language, respecting religious beliefs and LGBTQ+ identities, inclusive hiring, and interviewing practices, and how to create an inclusive culture for LGBTQ+ employees and community.
Creating Welcoming Environments for LGBTQ+ Patients
This training will help create awareness of the different types of LGBTQ+ identities encountered in clinics and doctor’s offices, the health barriers, drivers & disparities common within the LGBTQ+ community, and best practices for creating welcoming environments for LGBTQ+ patients and staff. This training includes a companion workbook with several interactive activities and a comprehensive list of LGBTQ+ terms and resources.
Train-the-Trainer Consulting Project
RANGE developed several comprehensive train-the-trainer projects for clients with their own training departments and/or ERG (employee resource group) staff but lacking the expertise, curriculum, and/or materials to deliver LGBTQ+ culturally affirming training to their employees. The projects can range between 3-, 6- or 12-month engagements, and combine the delivery of training and consulting services.
We can conduct a comprehensive assessment of the organization’s culture, policies and procedures, benefits, and marketing to determine how inclusive they are to supporting an LGBTQ+ workforce and clientele. RANGE requires access to staff within all levels of the organization to conduct meetings, interviews, and surveys. We will provide a preliminary timeline for the project and at the conclusion of the project, provide a summary analysis with reporting and recommendations.
Inclusive workplaces reduce the estimated $64 billion annual attrition cost associated with the nearly two million American workers who leave their jobs each year due to unfairness and discrimination.
- THE LEVEL PLAYING FIELD INSTITUTE, April 2007
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Read what clients have to say about their experience working with The Center on Colfax's RANGE Consulting program:
“I have been an advocate and ally for LGBTQ people the majority of my life and am fairly educated. This presentation was very informative, compassionate, and timely in shedding light on the most current topics. The presenter was personable, kind, direct, and respectful in their manner of addressing topics with the audience. I would highly recommend this training to any and every company.”
“Fantastic. I have already recommended to others. I didn’t expect to learn much since I had attended many trainings for the same topic but much of it was new (to me) and delivered in interesting and welcoming ways. Everyone felt comfortable participating.”
“The training was the most informative, all inclusive, and welcoming/nonjudgmental I've ever been a part of. It was outstanding. The material was presented in a fresh way, and I enjoyed the conversations that came out of the content presented. The presenter was VERY knowledgeable about the topic and made us as the audience feel very comfortable and encouraged to ask questions. Overall,10/10.”