Variety of training topics
One of the most important actions you can take to promote compliance with civil rights laws is through training and continuing education. We offer intense half-day and full-day workshops designed to develop skills in investigating various types of discrimination complaints, including how to write final determinations. We also conduct training on civil rights compliance, and preventive measures you can take to minimize the occurence of discrimination in your operations.
Complaint investigations workshops are packed with hands-on learning exercises, and we conduct specialized workshops for properly handling complaints of sexual harassment and hostile environment investigations. We will work with you to develop customized training to meet your needs.
Our training is highly-beneficial for recipients, sub-recipients, contractors, service providers, community-based organizations, legal counsel, and management and staff of private companies. Attendees of prior state and national level workshops described Ms. Foster as "highly knowledgeable," and described her workshops as:
superb . . easy to follow . . outstanding . . awesome . . exceeding expectations
If your organization has been targeted by a federal or state agency for reviews or audits of your civil rights compliance, or if lawsuits drain valuable resources from your oganization at the expense of pursuing its mission, we can offer training and compliance recommendations. Take steps to protect your organization from liability by taking advantage of these opportunities for your management and/or employees. We will work with you to tailor an effective and productive training program for you.
Options to fit your budget
Training costs are $600.00 for each day, or partial day, traveling to or from the workshop site plus $1,400.00 for a full-day (8 hours), and/or $700.00 for a half-day (4 hours). Transportatation costs and, if necessary, the costs of accommodations are charged separately. Fees for time spent in advance of training to develop materials is charged separately at $150.00 per hour.
Participants will receive certificates of completion of training to document their attendance. To arrange training sessions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Development of policies and procedures, on-site visits, and other consultation services
Once you know the federal civil rights laws that apply to your programs and activities, the next step is developing policies and procedures to implement the nondiscrimination and equal opportunity requirements of these laws. We offer consultation services and assistance in preparing customized policies and procedures covering a wide variety of topic areas, such as investigating and resolving discrimination complaints, handling disability-based and religious-based accommodation/modification requests, serving limited English proficient populations, and preparing guidance papers and memoranda regarding use of taglines and assurances among others.
These documents are prepared on a case-by-case basis to help your government agency, organization, or company put methods of administration in place ensuring nondiscrimination and equal opportunity in the delivery of federally-assisted programs and activities. The costs of these services depend on the types of policies and procedures needed as well as on the organizational structure of your department, agency, organization, or company. Detailed descriptions and costs of our procedures packages may be found at the "Procedures Writing" tab of this website. Costs to review and/or develop policies, practices, procedures, and plans are $175.00 per hour.
To arrange for our on-site consultation services, please contact us at email@example.com. Fees set forth above will apply.
Example of full-day and half-day training sessions
Atlanta-Fulton County, Georgia
Ms. Foster conducted compliance training for Title VI Coordinators and Directors from Atlanta-Fulton County's diverse agencies charged with delivering federally assisted programs and activities to the public. This half-day session covered a variety of topics, including who is covered by the nondiscrimination and equal opportunity provisions of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act and related laws and who is not, the prohibited bases of discrimination applicable to various agencies, serving persons who are Limited English Proficient and persons with disabilities, assurances and taglines, the differences between discrimination complaints and program complaints, harassment and hostile environment, the importance of training, data collection, and monitoring.
She also conducted a full day session for Atlanta-Fulton County's civil rights investigators covering topics such as jurisdiction, determining the issue, basis, and legal theory of a complaint, framing the issue for the parties, developing complaint investigation plans, and writing notices and final determinations. Throughout the day, investigators worked through a number of workshop exercises designed to hone their skills at effectively investigating and resolving discrimination complaints arising in federally assisted programs and activities governed by Title VI and related laws.
Ms. Foster was described as a "dynamic" speaker. Comments from these presentations included the following: "excellent presentation," "very informative workshop," "useful info and needed," "great information," "wonderful presentation," "learned a lot," and "excellent!!!"
Omoye Cooper, a former Equal Opportunity Professional in Albany, New York states, "I have worked in the field of Equal Opportunity for over 30 years and have attended numerous trainings on EO investigations. After attending Seena Foster's Civil Rights Investigation workshop, I can say without a doubt, that it is the most through and the best product on the market. Ms. Foster not only gives the technical information, but she also provides step by step guidelines and tools for effective implementation." She further notes, " Ms. Foster's workshops and book, 'Civil Rights Investigations' are professional resources that are highly recommended for all new and seasoned AA and EEO practitioners. Utilization of her materials will help new EEO professional build a solid knowledge base that will make it possible to conduct defendable investigations: and for the veteran practictioners, it will take you to another level. Outstanding!"
Shirley Wilcher, Executive Director of the American Association for Affirmative Action states that Ms. Foster's one-hour webinar addressing compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act through AAAA for college and university practitioners provided an "[e]xcellent introduction to EO law and investigations."
Richard Meade, Director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at SUNY Maritime College notes "how well (Ms. Foster's) presentation hit the nail right on the head," and that he "was not alone in (his) praise of both the style and content of her presentation."
NOTICE: The opinions expressed during training and in our resources are our own. They do not reflect the views or positions of any federal, state, or local government authority. We do not provide any legal advice regarding specific cases or circumstances pending before any of our customers. Legal advice should be obtained from the civil rights office of the Federal funding agency, or your Equal Opportunity (EO) leadership.