Creating a Culture of Inclusivity & Accountability, P. 2 - National Democratic Training Committee

Creating a Culture of Inclusivity & Accountability, P. 2

By Jan Gaetjens
45 min

What You’ll Learn

  • How intersecting identities, especially gender and sexual orientation, impact lived experience
  • Ways you can add a “diversity of perspective” approach to your work
  • Actionable strategies for building professional communities that are safe and inclusive for women and LGBTQIA+ folks

Why This is Important

If you hope to build a culture of inclusivity in your campaigns and in our democracy, then you’ll want an understanding of how folks’ identities shape their experiences and perspectives. Creating a workplace that encourages diversity of thought starts with mutual understanding.

Jan Gaetjens


Jan Gaetjens is a Chicago-based educator whose career spans K-12, higher ed, and adult learning. A first generation American of Haitian and Guyanese descent, Jan has an unwavering belief in the potential of the American experiment and views education as central to the sustenance of participatory Democracy.

Since 2012, Jan has developed career exploration and social-emotional learning curricula for Chicago Public Schools, several charter school networks, DePaul University, and Rush University, supporting countless students through college and into fulfilling careers. In 2017, he was recognized as the Illinois Counseling Association’s Graduate Student of the Year for his work on Chicago’s West side.

Jan holds a BA in Sociology from Georgetown University and an MA in School Counseling from DePaul University, where he is currently pursuing a PhD in Curriculum Studies. His research and writing focuses on the intersections of democracy, education, and racial justice.