Engineering for Equity: Collaborative Training for Employers, Housing Providers and Municipal Agencies


HRC Engineering for Equity Training Program

Engineering for Equity

A Collaborative Training Program of the Human Rights Commission

In 2016, the Human Rights Commission launched its Engineering for Equity Training Program with the goal of building platforms, systems and structures that uplift all San Francisco residents.

The “Engineering for Equity” program has two objectives:

1. Advise organizations on how to recognize a variety of needs and administer services that result in equitable opportunities and outcomes for all people.

2. Ensure community involvement in the full range of government decisions.

Since this program was launched, we've revamped our trainings to align with Engineering for Equity objectives.In that time, we've collaborated with over 1000 students, non profit service providers, businesses,  educational professionals, tech sector employees and municipal agencies to learn, implement and instutitionalize equitable language, decision making and program design.

We know that no matter what industry an organization is in, relevant, thoughtful engagement with employees, customers and community partners is vital to its success.

Our Approach

The HRC provides more than 500 hours of training per year. Based on this experience, we understand that investment beyond the training, including employee or resident surveys, evaluations, review and revisions to company mission statements,  are crucial to organizations implementing skills and recommendations reviewed in the training. We work with organizations to create mechanisms to institutionalize the content covered during our training. When you contact HRC regarding your training needs you will receive:

1. Organization completes a Training Request Form

2. HRC reviews the request form and contacts the organization within 5 days. HRC will either provide a referral or an estimate and proposed training outline tailored to meet organization's needs

3. Organization and HRC work collaboratively to set a training date and create a tailored training agenda. All HRC trainings are two hours minimum. Agenda will includes interactive exercises as well as small group discussions. The HRC may also request additional information including pre-training surveys and a site visit.

4. The training is conducted during the agreed upon time frame.

5. Participant evaluations are collected and reviewed by HRC staff.

6. HRC staff presents organization with recommendations and proposed implementation plan based on the recommendations

7. Within six months of the training, HRC and the organization follow up on how the recommendations have been operationalized within the organization. HRC will provide any additional support successful implementation of the recommendations.

Learn More

If you are interested in HRC's Training Program,  our training request form.

*** Compliance with Anti-Discrimination Laws in Employment, Housing and Public Accommodation ***

  • Workplace Discrimination 101: How Employers can comply with Federal, State and Local Employment Laws.
  • Housing Discrimination 101: How Housing Providers can comply with Federal, State and Local Fair Housing Laws.
  • Disability Discrimination 101: Disability Discrimination and Reasonable Accommodations Requirements for Businesses, Employers and Housing Providers.
  • Transgender Law 101: Complying with State and Local Discrimination Laws related to Transgender Persons.
  • Setting the Record Straight on Section 8: How Housing Providers can ensure Compliance with Fair Housing Laws with regard to Persons with Section 8 Vouchers.

*** Sanctuary City Ordinance Compliance***

  • Compliance with San Francisco’s Sanctuary City Ordinance Requirements: What San Francisco City Agencies and Organizations with Undocumented Members Need to Know.

*** Cultural Competency and Sensitivity Training***

  • LGBTQ Cultural Competency and Sensitivity Training: Creating workplace environments where all employees and clients are treated with dignity and respect.

*** Prior Arrests and Convictions***

  • Employees and Tenants with Prior Arrests and Convictions Discrimination: How Employers and Housing Providers can avoid Arbitrary Discrimination against Employees or Tenants with Arrest and Conviction Records.
If you are interested in HRC's Training Program,  our training request form.