The National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) has conducted peer training to transform communities and organizations around the world. Below are the operational assumptions underlying NCBI programs:
- Training teams of peer leaders is the most effective way to empower people to take leadership in reducing racism and other forms of discrimination.
- Programs to welcome diversity require an ongoing institutional effort.
- The establishment of proactive training programs that build strong inter-group relations are more effective than programs that respond to specific incidents of racism or crises.
- Programs that welcome diversity need to include all of the visible and invisible differences found in a workplace or community.
- Diversity training programs that are based on guilt, moralizing, or condemnation often rigidify prejudicial attitudes.
- Anti-racism programs are most effectively conducted with a hopeful, upbeat tone.
Please see the national NCBI website for more detailed explanations of each of these principles.