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Shades of Humanity

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Consulting

Shades of Humanity

Providing effective solutions to cultural awareness and humility in organizations

Shades of Humanity

We work with small to mid sized companies to enhance inclusionary activities among diverse teams, We also support the creation of best practices in these organizations.

Diversity and Inclusion

Companies that embrace diversity and inclusion in all aspects of their business statistically outperform their peers.”

Josh Bersin
Founder: Bersin & Associates

Workplace diversity is understanding, accepting, and valuing differences between people including those:

  1. of different races, ethnicities, genders, ages, religions, disabilities, and sexual orientations
  2. with differences in education, personalities, skill sets, experiences, and knowledge bases
A strong diversity and inclusion strategy can help your organization attract top talent and drive innovative results.

We support you to become a leader in equity, diversity and inclusion

During this COVID-19 pandemic, we cannot overstate how critical it is to have diverse voices and inclusive leadership across an organization.

Companies face unprecedented challenges right now, which only underscores the need to ensure Diversity and InclusionI efforts are a tangible force for good and, ultimately, impactful for their business,"

About Us

Shades of Humanity consultants help companies build diverse and inclusive organizations. Our experts work closely with executives, and HR personnel to develop inclusive companies, teams, and leaders.

We conduct extensive research on our client’s organization and industry, identify issues, and create an actionable plan for change. Our consultants help companies and HR departments remove unconscious bias during the recruiting and interviewing process to improve sourcing of qualified and diverse applicant pools for current and future openings.

We also provide candidate sourcing and placement, leadership coaching, diversity recruiting strategy and training, unconscious bias training, or diversity and inclusion strategy consulting.

Shades of Humanity: Joanne Kinya Baker

Joanne Kinya Baker

  Founder and Consultant

Joanne Kinya Baker (she/her) is a registered social worker in the area of governance and community development. Joanne describes herself as is a social justice and change advocate. She is passionate about anti-racism, diversity and inclusion, the legal justice system, refugee and asylum seeker wellness, and adult mental health. Joanne’s educational Background is in Psychology, and she completed her Masters in Social Work, Community and International development from the University of Calgary, and a Diversity and Inclusion certification from Cornell University. Joanne works as a Diversity and Inclusion Strategist with a municipal government where she works within the administration, politicians and community to promote social change, develop strategies to becoming a welcoming and inclusive community. She is also a social work instructor at a Calgary institution. Joanne founded Shades of Humanity Consulting to further the work she was doing alongside her multiple roles as not only was it a passion to have conversations about inclusion and equity, but her experiences with racism led her to create a space where people could learn how to have difficult, but life changing conversations.

The most impacting part of her career was when Joanne worked with refugees across refugee camps in Africa with the UN. Joanne sits on Corrections Canada’s Citizens Advisory Board for the Calgary Parole Office as the Vice Chair and the Calgary Police Services Diversity Unit Advisory Board. Joanne enjoys travelling and experiencing the amazing cultures this world has to offer. She has traveled to 36 countries and is on a challenge to hit 40 before she turns 40 (which is coming up quick!)

Shades of Humanity: Carissa Gravelle

Carissa Gravelle


Carissa is a professional in the area of community development. She received her diploma in 2011 from Sheridan College in Brampton, Ontario and is currently pursuing her Bachelors in Equity, Diversity and Human Rights with a minor in Indigenous Health and Wellness from Laurentian University. Carissa has extensive experience working with families, children and youth in the non- profit human services sector. Carissa has worked with organizations such as United Way of Peel, Peel Children’s Aid Society, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel and Environics Institute to develop inclusive programming and conduct research on the realities of racism and discrimination faced by racialized people in the Greater Toronto Area.

Carissa was recently invited to sit on the Equity Diversity and Inclusion roundtable for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada representing Calgary and Area. She assisted with implementing an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion lens to meet ethnocultural and marginalized youths needs in a greater capacity. Carissa is passionate about working with BIPOC youth and teaching them the skills and language to identity racism and discrimination. She has developed specialized youth programming to address the complex needs of racialized youth in Toronto, Ontario and Calgary, Alberta.

Carissa has extensive experience facilitating workshops, focus groups and training on equity, diversity and inclusion for community members and groups seeking more knowledge and awareness of the issues impacting marginalized communities. Carissa is passionate about holistic health and wellness. In her spare time, she works on her blog “Issalifestyle” where she shares her homemade recipes for delicious plant-based foods and opens up about her holistic living journey. She loves to entertain family and friends with homemade meals and stimulating conversation. Carissa also enjoys creative writing and has aspirations to publish her first novel in the near future.


Shades of Humanity consultants help companies achieve the their equity and inclusion goals no matter how big or small. Our consultants work closely with staff at all levels of the organization to weave in elements of Equity, diversity and inclusion.

We conduct extensive research on our client’s organization and industry, identify issues, and create an actionable plan for change. Our consultants help companies and People Services departments examine and eliminate unconscious bias during the recruiting and interviewing process to improve hiring practices, and company culture.

Core Competencies
  • ➡️   EDI assessments
  • ➡️   Facilitated Dialogues
  • ➡️  Developing Inclusive Logic Models and M&E tools
  • ➡️  Policy review and development
  • ➡️  Racial Equity assessments
  • ➡️  Training on specialized EDI topics

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