Theme: CECS

Procedures and Policies and People, Oh My!

by Ahyana King

This lesson highlights the impact of organizational culture as shaped by values, policies, and procures, on the support of Black men Who Have Sex With Men (BMSM) and their sexual health and wellness. Through guided discussion and reflective writing, participants are invited to question workplace and agency norms with an eye toward assessing and cultivating cultures, inviting the authentic participation of Black men. This lesson is appropriate for agency leadership, administrative staff, service providers who are part of the target population, and their colleagues.


By the end of this lesson, participants will be able to:

  • Increase awareness of their organization’s culture and its impact on BMSM
  • Identify organizational values, policies and practices that best support BMSM and which may need to be reassessed and amended

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Group Size

This lesson is written to be delivered to groups of practicing client experience contributors ranging from 10–30 participants, with participants working in groups of five. If there are less than 10 participants there is no need to create small groups. The lesson has been written for one facilitator, although it can be cofacilitated.


120 minutes


Pens or pencils
Fidget toys
Computer and projector
Printed handouts