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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

A facilitated journey of un-learning and re-learning, to overcome our unconscious biases and make changemaking open and inclusive for everybody. 

The 2024 edition of this course has now ended. Stay updated on the next edition of this course by signing up to our Newsletter.

About the learning journey

This is an invitation to join us in a safe and brave space where we can all learn from each other as well as Ashoka Fellows and other community members who work in the field of DEI. Alongside DEI experts and practitioners from across the world, we offer space for self-reflection on unconscious bias, power dynamics, leadership and strategies for inclusion with a special focus on intersectionality. This learning journey will comprise facilitated sessions and community of practice meetings.  

Valuing diversity and creating a space where all are seen, respected, and included is central to building a world of changemakers or else we risk contributing to a deeper divide, between those who have time, space and support to be changemakers and those who do not. 

This learning journey is co-created by the One Community and the Ashoka global DEI teams. Join us in unpacking the complexity of cultivating a DEI-informed practice in the context of social change.  

Learning objectives: 

  • Unlearn the unconscious biases, perspectives and narratives that impact the way we perceive the world and act for social impact. 
  • Gain knowledge from global DEI experts sharing their experience and best practices to achieve DEI in our work. 
  • Engage in peer reflection with like-minded changemakers. 
  • Learn and reflect on how you can make your work truly accessible, allowing everyone to feel invited and able to contribute towards social change. 

Who this is for

This experience is open to: 

  • Ashoka Fellows and members of their team 
  • Ashoka Young Changemakers 
  • Ashoka Support Network members (ASN) 
  • Ashoka staff 
  • Ashoka corporate partners and their employees 
  • Ashoka School Change leaders and educators 
  • Other Ashoka allies and collaborators 

If you are not yet part of the Ashoka network, you are also welcome to apply. We might ask you to share more context about your work or to join a quick selection interview. In the next edition, the dates and times of the sessions will be most suited to participants from Europe, Africa, Arab World and Asia. 

Registrations are now closed. Stay updated on the next edition of this course by signing up to our Newsletter.

Practical information


  • Introduction to DEI: 2 bi-weekly online intro sessions of 2h30min   
  • DEI Deep Dives: 4 bi-weekly online sessions of 1h30 min  
  • Community of practice meetings: 2 quarterly meetings of 1h30 min

*The live session will be held on Zoom, we will use a learning platform to structure the learning journey. 
*The sessions will be held in English. 


February to May (see the Modules section below for the specific dates).
Application closed on the 26th of January 2024. 


We encourage participants to take part in the whole experience. The intro sessions are compulsory as they will set the base for further discussions. Certificate of participation will be offered to those who will be participating in five or more sessions (including Community of Practice meetings).

Guest Speakers


Module 1 - Introduction to DEI

Creating a common baseline for further discussions about DEI 

Feb 8th: 10:00 – 12:30hs CET/ 10:00 – 12:30hs WAT/ 14:30 – 17:00hs IST 

Feb 22nd: 10:00 – 12:30hs CET/ 10:00 – 12:30hs WAT/ 14:30 – 17:00hs IST 


Module 2 - DEI Deep Dives

Sessions with members of the Ashoka Community (Fellows, staff, Ashoka Young Changemakers, etc.) to focus on specific aspects of DEI 

March 21st: 10:00 – 11:30hs CET/ 10:00 – 11:30hs WAT/ 14:30 – 16:00hs IST

April 4th: 10:00 – 11:30hs CET/ 10:00 – 11:30hs WAT/ 14:30 – 16:00hs IST 

April 18th: 10:00 – 11:30hs CET/ 10:00 – 11:30hs WAT/ 14:30 – 16:00hs IST

May 8th: 10:00 – 11:30hs CET/ 10:00 – 11:30hs WAT/ 14:30 – 16:00hs IST


Module 3 - Community of Practice meeting

Sessions without an external guest, focusing on practical aspects of DEI work (building community, aligning, learning, and supporting each other) 

March 13th: 10:00 – 11:30hs CET/ 10:00 – 11:30hs WAT/ 14:30 – 16:00hs IST 

May 22nd: 10:00 – 11:30hs CET/ 10:00 – 11:30hs WAT/ 14:30 – 16:00hs IST 

Previous Guest Speakers

Support our work

This learning journey is offered free of cost thanks to the generosity of our community. To help us develop new content and make sure it is accessible to more changemakers please donate to Ashoka today! Any contribution is deeply appreciated.

During DEI Learning Journey I’ve met amazing Ashoka Fellows who shared insights that stayed with me. The bits of expertise they shared resonated with me a long time after the module was finished.

Martyna Rubinowska, Poland
Head of Venture and Fellowship, Member of the Board, Ashoka Poland
Martyna Rubinowska

It was a privilege to be part of this course! It changed my perspective, and many actions in my work. We will even launch a report in Bogota that highlights the structural injustices that young people face in the city, and we adapted the wheel of privilege that we saw in several sessions too.

Maria Paula Macias Acosta, Colombia
Collective Impact Coordinator for the Global Opportunity Youth Network in Bogotá
Maria Paula Macias Acosta

My DEI learning program is one of the best I have been part of. I had the privilege to mingle with participants from across the globe and all work of life. Session 8 was one of my best, as it made me learn how to take some time off to reflect on what I have done so far, and what the future holds.

Awah Francisca Mbuli, Cameroon
Anti-Trafficking Advocate, Founder & CEO, SURVIVORS'NETWORK, Ashoka Fellow
Awah Francisca Mbuli

After this course, I am continuing my DEI experience, making it more crucial in my personal and professional life. Meeting and interacting with fellow changemakers, exchanging experiences and receiving guidance on key DEI issues offered me insights into practical tools to enhance inclusivity. 

Giulia Houston, Italy
Sustainability advisor, InVento Innovation Lab Impresa Sociale s.r.l.
Giulia Houston

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