Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice

CDA has been and will continue to be on a reflective and intentional journey to becoming a more anti-racist, inclusive, and decolonial organization.

How we work matters for human dignity and our relationships. CDA is committed to practicing what we value most – listening, learning, and taking action to more explicitly incorporate anti-racist values and practices into our work. 


CDA’s DEIJ Goals

DEIJ Strategy

The purpose of our Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ) Strategy is to share CDA’s journey in a spirit of accountability, transparency, and commitment to learning and becoming better. This act is relevant to the wider international development community of which we are part, to our close partners, as well as to ourselves as individuals and as a mission-driven organization.

Click here to download CDA’s DEIJ Strategy.


As an action research organization located in the United States and deeply rooted in communities globally, we recognize the important role that we need to play to shift power to the Majority World (more commonly known as the Global South). Prior to 2020, and further galvanized by the Black Lives Matter (BLM) and decolonial movements globally, we are seeking new and deeper ways for our culture and ways of working to live into this vision.

In 2020, when we formalized CDA’s focus, we primarily used the terms anti-racism and social-inclusion. Now, as we lean more explicitly into liberation and decolonization, we are using DEIJ as a holistic framing to this work.

This timeline details where we have been and where we are going in the years to come:


2021-2022 Action Plan

CDA’s Anti-Racism and Social Inclusion Action Plan served as a ‘living document’ for our 2021-22 fiscal year. It was a starting place that gave general direction for what CDA did to create a more anti-racist and inclusive organization, together. It includes how the Action Plan was developed, guiding principles as well as specific action items that CDA took over the year to become a more anti-racist and inclusive organization.

Click here to download CDA’s ARSI Action Plan.

Black Lives Matter: A Statement from CDA Team Members

At CDA Collaborative Learning (CDA), we uphold, unequivocally, that Black Lives Matter. 

American society is structured on a legacy of racist violence against Black people. This legacy persists today. Swift and urgent action is needed to come to terms with and eradicate this pervasive structural and physical violence. 

This is a moment to speak and state clearly that we condemn police violence against Black people in the United States. 

This is also a moment to listen. CDA’s mission compels us to listen to Black people in the United States, their experiences, and their demands for change

CDA was founded on the recognition that conflict is everywhere and that it is everyone’s responsibility to listen to people most affected by conflict and other crises. Although we are an organization based in the United States, our work and attention has an international focus. We recognize we have work to do to understand how we can help dismantle the systems of institutional racism that contribute to violence against Black people in the United States. We at CDA commit to practice what we value most, by listening, learning, and taking action to more explicitly incorporate anti-racist values and practices into our work. 

Signed: Nanako Tamaru, Sabina Robillard, Lillie Ris, Kathryn Nwajiaku, Brett Northfield, Ben Miller, Maureen Moriarty-Lempke, Sarah Cechvala, Grace Boone, Dost Bardouille, Ruth Rhoads Allen, Siad Darwish, Gabe Collins, Seth Owusu-Mante, Ajay Saini, Hasi Edema, Diana Campos, Becca Fogel

DEIJ Task Force

CDA’s DEIJ work is led by the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice Task Force, a staff-led initiative, as well as the Task Force’s Advisory Group, made up of CDA Leadership, Board Members, Associates, and others from our platform. If you would like to learn more, or get connected, please reach out to Grace Boone at [email protected]

Land Acknowledgment

CDA recognizes that our office is located on the traditional and ancestral land of the Massachusett people. We acknowledge and are grateful to the Massachusett people as the original caretakers of this land. We pay our respects to their community, their elders both past and present, as well as future generations. In our presence in Cambridge, MA, USA and our work globally, we will continue to expand visibility about Indigenous Peoples, their stewardship and care for the natural world, and their knowledge, perspectives, and capacities for peace.