Derute Consulting Cooperative is proud to support the Milwaukee County Office of African American Affairs (OAAA) by providing racial equity training for the Racial Equity Task Force. Derute will facilitate the following activities during 2019 and 2020: 

  1. Build relationships and equalize power among OAAA, Milwaukee County staff and Racial Equity Task Force members who participate in training to ensure equity of voice.

  2. Develop the capacity of Milwaukee County staff and community stakeholders to use race-specific language in their talk about county-level practices and policies.

  3. Engage in internal and individual examination of identity and ways in which identity drives perceptions and actions.

  4. Identify and name inequitable action and belief frameworks and the impact of these frameworks on perceptions, actions, reactions, and decisions.

  5. Develop skills to analyze the impact of county policies and decision-making on racially marginalized groups.

  6. Examine current practices and policies leading to racial inequity.

Our OAAA project team is comprised of:

Elizabeth Drame, Ph.D., a professor and co-chair of the Department of Teaching and Learning in the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. As a founding member of Derute Consulting Cooperative, she has led and facilitated individual, group, organizational, community, and regional continuous improvement efforts focused on the recognition and development of human beings no matter their perceived ability.

Jeffery Roman, an equity advocate, organizer, and strategist who works with grassroots, philanthropy, systems leaders, and the public and nonprofit sectors to effect change. He is a thought leader behind a number of local and statewide racial equity and inclusion programs and policy initiatives and served two terms as a commissioner on the Equal Rights Commission, five years as its Chair. 


Cindy Clough, Ph.D., a professor and scholar in the occupational therapy program at Mount Mary University. Working with individuals with a wide range of disabilities throughout the life span and developing a specialty working in special education programs for over 20 years, she has extensive background in the intersection of education and health systems with historically oppressed groups of people.