Bio For Lead DEI Consultant

About Carmen Phelps, PhD, Lead DEI & Racial Equity Consultant for Project 986

Dr. Carmen Phelps

As a DEI and racial equity/ antiracism practitioner, consultant and educator certified in trauma counseling; group restorative healing, resiliency and mindfulness facilitation, throughout her career, Dr. Carmen Phelps has partnered with and supported agencies, organizations, academic institutions; faith-based groups and communities seeking to advance their mission by promoting DEI values, racial equity, restorative healing and resiliency processes for the benefit and development of their workforce; collaboratives and communities served,  A first-generation college graduate born and raised in low-income neighborhoods of northern St. Louis, she has dedicated her career to addressing the needs and challenges of socioeconomically marginalized populations, including BIPOC communities facing barriers to vital resources and opportunity, including inequitable access to healthy food; environmentally safe spaces; housing and healthcare.  Her sensitivity to and awareness of such experiences informs her approach to building her clients’ capacity for favorable, progressive, DEI; racial equity and restorative healing impact through the development of justice-centered processes; planning; tool and framework development meant to guide sustainable, ongoing practices.  As the Lead Consultant for Project 986 Consulting, Carmen prioritizes relationship-building and service in order to design eff­ective strategies for integrating DEI and racial equity principles into organizational practices.  She has successfully designed and initiated results-oriented DEI and racial equity-focused processes, plans, programs, workshops, trainings, dialogues, and discussions for senior leaders, people managers and staff that encourage learning, reflection, awareness and understanding as well as community-building across di­fference, ultimately inspiring organizational/agency/group growth and progress as well as equitable and just outcomes for diverse staff and communities.