Veronica is a bilingual / bicultural Chicana focused on Wholistic Organizational Development and Intercultural Communications. As an independent consultant she spends her energy supporting people and organizations move closer to their mission and each other through supportive communication and relationship building as executive coach, mediator and trainer. Her professional studies are a reflection of both her personal interests and life purpose. Her undergraduate degree work in Human Development provided the foundation of theories and practices of communications, interpersonal skills, psychology and sociology. Veronica’s graduate degree in Management and Organizational Leadership from Warner Pacific University informed her systems thinking approach in organizational conflict, leadership theory of development, operations, and dynamics of an organization, which is also supported by her Certificate of Financial Success for Nonprofits from Cornell University in 2018.
Veronica is certified through National Board Source Org in Nonprofit Board Consulting. She is a trained and highly skilled conflict resolution practitioner and mediator. Veronica is also a trained Spiritual Director through the Urban Spirituality Center in NW Portland.She is a trained practitioner of organizational constellations and uses this knowledge in her work. These practices ground her wholistic personal approach to values of social justice and love with commitment to service and healing in the world.
Veronica is relationship-based leader that understands that trust is built on positive experiences. Through the all-important practice of caring for relationships and connections, she brings people together in partnerships to move closer towards common goals. As a natural asset based leader, influencer, organizer, and communicator, she knows the importance of truly listening for understanding.
I am a interconnected creative problem solver. I can identify a need and I create avenues for change through partnership. I recognize my interdependence with all people and thus value every relationship. This makes me a natural asset based leader, influencer, and community builder. I believe in, and practice the power of listening to understand.
I am a bilingual-bicultural Chicana educator and a sensitive cross-cultural communicator. A consultant, an advocate for equity and inclusion, and as an advisor for multiple nonprofits, I am personally committed to moving people and organizations toward more inclusive and just practices in an effort to promote more equitable outcomes for individuals or groups of people.
Veronica was born in Oakland California and grew-up in her parents hometown, Guadalajara Jalisco Mexico. Multicultural experiences influence who she is today. She draws on these same experiences for the work she is actively engaging in across Oregon and wherever her work takes her. Veronica moved to Portland in 2004 from the bay area. She embraces her interracial, blended family with special needs as her priority. Together, they live in SE Portland with their two dogs Sol & Pachamama ("Luna"RIP).
Equity Conflict Resolution Consulting and Restorative Processes
Equity Conflict Resolution Consulting: Centering equity conflict as a system to understand and improve organizational communications. Through mediation, conflict coaching, healing and restorative processes, team building, leadership development, and systems design.
Leaders tend to believe an organizational conflict is relational and not systemic, focusing only on people is a lost opportunity to effect change. We must remember that systemic oppression results in systemic conflict.
*Use equity conflict as an opportunity for personal growth, organizational learning, strategic change, emotional healing, understanding and transformation.
Emergent Strategy Approach, best practices and extensive experience inform my processes of responding to the needs as it unfolds. I am not pre-scripted in my approach. I pay attention to what is unfolding, thus my strategy emerges.
Examples of previous client processes:
*Conduct a temperature check that finds "the heat". This phase unveils the organizational culture. Identifying opportunities and strengths that promote or hinder equity values and practices.
*Mediation / Restorative practices
*Capacity building through skillful conflict coaching
*Design a multilayered, complex, systems change organizational customized process that improves the capacity for conflict prevention, management and resolution.
*Analyze the chronic systemic sources of workplace and organizational conflicts
*Identify complex workplace and organizational dynamics
*Recognize the structures, systems, relationships, processes, and "conflict cultures" that contribute to workplace and organizational conflicts.
I look forward to hearing how I can be of service.
CURRENT OFFERINGS /
EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
Radical Allies in Sisterhood (RAIS)
Offering Racial Affinity Groups for DEI Professionals
Deep Community. Unshakable Allies. Relationships that Heal.
Radical Allies in Sisterhood (RAIS) is a small group of women with decades of combined experience and training in the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) field. We have made life-long commitments to support one another as women, sisters, and racial justice warriors.
We know that in doing anti-racism work, we have been harmed and have done harm. Our desire is to dismantle approaches to organizational DEI work that are oppressive and perpetuate systems that reinforce racism, sexism, and harmful hierarchies. We are dedicated to finding new ways of advancing DEI that bring about healing, intimacy, personal growth, and collective change.
RAIS is offering Racial Affinity Groups to other DEI practitioners. These will be supportive and empowering refuges for women in the DEI/racial justice field, where you will be surrounded by others of your own racial background who experience similar personal and institutional challenges. This will be a place where we both support and challenge one another with the objective of personal and collective growth. We aim to create lifelong, supportive relationships and greater professional resilience -- a personal and professional network to support our collective long-term commitment to race equity and social justice. Queer and trans women are warmly welcomed.
Current Offerings, beginning January 2021:
Affinity Group for women DEI Practitioners who identify as Latina/Chicana, Facilitated by Veronica Bañuelos
Affinity Group for women DEI Practitioners who identify as Black, Facilitated by Velynn Brown
Affinity Group for white women DEI Practitioners, Facilitated by Katharine Quince
Affinity groups will meet twice a month for two hours, over 12 months. Cost to participate: $2,400 (organizational rate); $2,200 (org rate, early bird); $1,800 (individual, out of pocket).
Graduates of this program will be eligible for Part 2: Training the Trainers
About Radical Allies in Sisterhood (RAIS)
As founders of RAIS, we meet regularly to support one another and stay grounded as sisters first and DEI practitioners second. We share resources and offer tools and guidance for our racial affinity practices.
Velynn Brown: I am a Black/Indigenous woman who is passionate about the liberation and healing of our BIPOC communities. I have spent 25 years in advocacy, education, non-profit, and for-profit sectors by calling out white supremacy and calling in love, restoration and resistance to the internalized wounds we each carry. I am a Racial Equity and Affinity Specialist with deep roots in community activism, racial affinity and radical self-care.
Veronica Bañuelos: I am a bilingual/bicultural Chicana. As a highly experienced organizational equity conflict resolution consultant, I understand that systemic institutional oppression results in systemic institutional conflict. I understand and see how we are setup to oppress and be oppressed. I focus and work towards a collective liberation, yours and mine. I am committed to healing and service to the world by supporting people and changing systems. My work is a reflection of my personal interest and life purpose. I am a trained Spiritual Director and a practitioner of organizational constellations. These practices ground my holistic personal approach to values of social justice and love. I step into this healing initiative as a response to a personal calling.
Katharine Quince: I am a white cis bisexual woman. It's my dream to bring race equity, gender equity, and mindfulness practices together through a heart-led partnership with women of color. I also feel especially driven to work with other white women to unravel our internalized racial superiority and gender oppression in ways that are healing and galvanizing. I am an experienced DEI consultant and facilitator, with a master’s degree rooted in liberatory pedagogies and critical race and feminist theories.
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