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Kikanza Nuri-Robins

Nuri-Robins, Kikanza

Kikanza Nuri-Robins, an organizational development consultant, has worked with schools, hospitals and non-profit organizations to boost productivity and diversity. She has also worked with IBM, Baskin-Robbins, and now as a consultant for the nursing faculty at the Univesrity of Texas Health Sciences Center.

Areas of expertise
  • Change
  • Leadership
  • Diversity & Inclusion


  • Introduction to the Tools of Cultural Proficiency: This session is for participants new to the Cultural Proficiency Framework. They will learn about the Four Tools of Cultural Proficiency: the Barriers, the Guiding Principles, the Continuum, and the Essential Elements. As a result of this session, participants will be better informed to assess their progress and the progress of their organizations as they move toward creating welcoming, diverse and inclusive communities.
  • Going Deeper with the Tools of Cultural Proficiency: Participants will use the Four Tools of Cultural Proficiency: the Barriers, the Guiding Principles, the Continuum, and the Essential Elements to plan for, assess and expand their work in creating welcoming, diverse and inclusive organizational cultures. Participants will be taught to use rubrics based on the essential elements to enhance their professional development programs.
  • Making Room at the Table: Moving from Diversity to Inclusion: In this session participants will explore how they use their influence to create inclusive learning communities, and will identify actions they can take when institutional and societal barriers marginalize people who are a part of the educational system.
  • Culturally Proficient Organizations: Lessons from Leaders: Cultural Proficiency is represented in the policies and practices of an organization and the values and behaviors of the individuals in that organization. When leaders make a commitment to changing into a culturally proficient organization, it often takes 3-5 years to manifest sustainable, systemic change. This session will present the ten lessons shared by our many clients for leading an organization on a journey toward cultural proficiency.
  • Barriers to Culturally Proficient Instruction: One of the principles of cultural proficiency is that people who are not part of the dominant culture have to at least be bi-cultural. In this session participants will explore the inherent barriers to cultural proficiency that are present in a diverse school environment, and identify how educators can capitalize on this dynamic.
  • Culturally Proficient Instruction: You Get as Good as you Give: Expectations for student success are communicated in the way the adults build relationships with their students, and in the classroom cultures they create. Participants will learn strategies for effectively communicating to their students: “I see you; I care; and I want to know your story.” These strategies open educators to discovering, with their students, what is the academic best, and how to achieve it.