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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.

 John Wolfe, LCSW


JohnWJohn is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has a private practice in Portland Oregon.  In addition to his clinical work with individuals, couples and sexual minorities John teaches Social Justice as well as Anti-Oppression Practice and Intercultural Competency at Portland State University School of Social Work.

John brings over thirty years of social work experience including positions of Program Manager, Social Worker, Child Protective Services Worker, Statewide Manager, and Family Therapist.  Additionally, he has experience lobbying for at-risk-girls issues at the Oregon Legislature.

John currently provides training in AOP as well as Case Management and Social Justice.  He has worked with IRCO, Impact Northwest, Catholic Family Services, Portland Police Department, State of Oregon Department of Human Services, Sisters of the Road Cafe, and Multnomah County as well as other organizations and programs.

John is a published author and poet.  His belief in moving humanity to greater inclusion, acceptance and tolerance of difference is critical to doing ‘the work’ as a change agent.

Matt Chorpenning, MSW


MattHSMatt also teaches at the Portland State University School of Social Work. He comes to the world of social justice work from a background in theatre. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Oregon where his writing earned him a fellowship to the 2004 Kennedy Center/ American Collegiate Theatre Festival National Playwrights’ Conference. Matt is a follower of Augusto Boal, founder of Theatre of the Oppressed. Matt combines his love of creativity and performance with his dedication to social justice.

With a Masters in Social Work from Portland State University, Matt applies Anti-Oppressive Practice (AOP), feminist theory, popular education, Theatre of the Oppressed, Buddhist practice, and a healthy dose of punk ethos to his operational framework. He is currently developing Theatre of the Oppressed projects for community organizing with immigrants and refugees in the Portland area and is a member of the PSU student group Students for Social Action, which piloted an undoing racism training for 30 incoming students in the Fall of 2012.  Matt co-presented a workshop on Theatre of the Oppressed at the 2012 Community-Based Practice Conference at Portland State University.

Matt is ordained in the Universal Life Church and will officiate weddings for same-sex couples free of charge.

Sally Eck, MA


fullsizerenderSally Eck is an intersectional feminist scholar-activist. She’s interested in peace work, anti-interpersonal violence activism, interracial dialogue processes and social justice education. Her formal education includes a background in Sociology, Women’s Studies, and a Master’s degree in Education. She currently teaches Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Portland State University and is the lead consultant and facilitator for Heartwork Educational Consulting. She is also, independent mama to fourteen-year-old Isaac and twelve-year-old Stella. She is passionate and committed to co-creating a just and equitable world for all of us.

Jennifer Linnman, PhD, LCSW


fullsizeoutput_bDr. Linnman has been working with families and individuals across the life span for over twenty years. She has worked in medical settings, family service agencies and government entities. Dr. Linnman instructed at Smith College School for Social Work and Portland State University’s School of Social Work. Dr. Linnman has been in private practice where she specializes in treating trauma through a brain and attachment integrative approach.  She has been on the Board of Directors for Backline, volunteered services at Multnomah County’s Healthy Birth Initiative, and supervises social workers at New Avenues for Youth. Dr. Linnman provides trainings state wide addressing treating trauma, interpersonal neurobiology, attachment, and psychodynamic theory. Dr. Linnman’s deepest value in therapeutic work is one’s use of self. There is nothing more important or healing than the depth of human relationships.

Patty Narvaez, MSW


PatriciaHSAs a bi-cultural woman and daughter of immigrants, Patricia brings to the field of social justice her experiences and perspectives as a Nicaraguan American who has lived in the global North and South. She received her MSW and her BA in International Studies from Portland State University. Since 2006 Patricia has served the Latino community in a variety of direct service, program development, and policy related roles.

Patricia has designed and led popular educational seminars and facilitated group discussions on globalization and US policy for international nonprofit Witness for Peace. She developed anti-oppressive pedagogy titled “Power and Privilege” now in use at various Witness for Peace program sites. In 2009 she was hired by nonprofit Impact Northwest to lead the design and implementation of a community school program, Shine, with a predominantly Latino population. Since then she has continued working with Shine and Impact Northwest serving a diversity of youth and families. Currently, Patricia is pursuing the completion of her MSW degree at Portland State University.

Patricia roots her individual, group, and community work in cultural humility, popular education, and anti-oppressive practice. She draws from Critical Race Theory, Empowerment Theory, Liberation Theology, and the voices of community and resistance.

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