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EqualityWorks, NW supports agencies and organizations of all sizes in achieving their missions in an equitable, inclusive, and effective manner through transformational conversations and a social justice lens.

EqualityWorks, NW is certified by the state of Oregon as an Emerging Small Business (ESB), certification #10612.

We are pleased to offer a variety of consultants to meet your organization’s needs.

Michael Hulshof-Schmidt, MSW

Executive Director

Michael has extensive experience providing challenging and collaborative equity and inclusion consulting.  He has a deep understanding of culturally responsive work and the impact of intersectional identities. Michael has worked in a wide variety of environments including non-profit social service agencies and organizations, private and public K-12 education, colleges, and educational consortia. In all of these environments, Michael has been a champion of social justice and has had some formal responsibility for the evolution and caretaking of institutional cultures. Michael teaches Social Justice at the Portland State University School of Social Work.

Michael’s formal education includes a Masters in Social Work from Portland State University, and a degree in English from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Georgia. He has formal training in research practices, diversity work, mediation, and education. He has learned and implemented best practices for team building and diversity training, providing consulting to agencies and businesses both large and small.

Michael applies a combination of Anti-Oppressive Practice, Eco-Feminist, and Intersectional theories as well as Critical Race Theory (CRT) to inform his operational framework. His company – EqualityWorks, NW – integrates the voices of Dr. Howard Zinn, Dr. Beverly Tatum, Dr. Peggy McIntosh, and Dr. Marian Wright Edelman. Michael’s mission is to create and sustain conversations around race, gender, privilege, and LGBT issues: to speak one’s truth respectfully and with honor.


Kenya Budd


KenyaHSKenya Budd is an educator and consultant with more than 10 years experience in the field of diversity, equity and inclusion. She has trained senior leaders across sectors and developed measurement tools for organizations, helping improve their diversity outcomes. Additionally, Kenya has designed and led peace building projects for communities in  conflict, specifically in Cowlitz and Clark counties Wa. She lives in Portland and is currently experiencing her most challenging and rewarding management experience: her two daughters, one 18 and one 4 years old, teaching her about friendship and Motherhood.

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