Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)
Many of AI’s projects focus on helping organizations align their procedures, policies and structure with the values of diversity, equity and inclusion.
AI provided an objective Equity Assessment for Colorado's Department of Human Services. This assessment entailed a critical look at the Department’s assets, culture, processes and procedures through a diversity, equity and inclusion lens.
AI examined the need for a social equity program to help the Denver cannabis industry achieve equitable ownership and employment opportunities and to decrease disparities for marginalized communities and address the disproportionate impacts of the War on Drugs.
As part of this study, AI developed a point-in-time snapshot of the characteristics of firms within the cannabis industry, examined the status of the industry and identified needs, including perceived barriers to entry in the cannabis industry. AI also examined business and employment outcomes and conditions and reviewed lasting challenges to equitable access and opportunity in ownership, management or employment within these businesses. Additionally, AI analyzed historical data of marijuana arrests and convictions to identify and understand possible carry-forward impacts of previous laws and policies, and how they may be impacting business and employments outcomes in the cannabis industry today.