Foundations of Inclusive Practice - National Democratic Training Committee

Foundations of Inclusive Practice

By Jan Gaetjens
60 min
Management & Leadership

What You’ll Learn

  • How the individual and social selves shape our democracy
  • Frameworks for understanding and advocating for diversity and inclusion
  • How individual agency can be used to drive systemic change

Why This is Important

Working in Democratic politics is all about making positive changes in society. That means building a democracy that respects the inherent human dignity of all people.

By making the choice to run for office or support a candidate who is running, you’ve made the choice to play an active and visible role in shaping the culture of American politics. This course will help orient you to this landscape and introduce ways in which you can be a positive actor and contributor to conversations about equity and justice in political organizing. Our hope is that you find something of value that encourages you to grow as a colleague and as a communicator on behalf of your campaign or organization.


  • SMART Goals and Action Plan Template
  • NDTC IAT Reflection Guide

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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.