Cultural Responsiveness

Diversity. Equity. Inclusion.
We illuminate barriers to help you build just communities

Our approach is unique. We create shared experiences to open people up to understanding cultural barriers – and start removing them. Our work is informed by data and analysis but also makes use of the arts. With these tools, we work with you to pinpoint potential barriers for people with identities that are frequently marginalized – and help you build and implement a plan to remove these barriers. Our work can range from one focused task, such as facilitating a workshop, to a comprehensive audit and strategy at an institutional level.

Olive & Crane works both at the national and international levels, with people of an incredibly diverse range of backgrounds and identities, so we understand the layers of culture that can complicate both internal and external communications, relationships, and processes in any school, community, church, organization, or workplace.

Our Services

Building a more just world takes actions big and small. We customize our services to fit the needs and resources of your community. Here is just an example of how we can help:

  • Audits centered around diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Strategic plans for your organization
  • Moderated community discussions
  • Workshops on a range of topics requiring cultural responsiveness
  • Movie screenings and guided discussions
  • Leadership training for culturally responsive strategies
  • Classes for kids and youth
  • Communications (educational newsletters, social media, etc.)
Our Work

We work with all types of community groups, non-profits, institutions, and organizations. Here are just a few of our example projects:

  • Organizational Audit on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Pikes Peak Library District, Colorado Springs
  • Peace Camp Workshop Series, Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission
  • Unpacking Cultural Messages in American Prom: A Workshop, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, ENT Center for the Arts
  • Black History Live: Poetry Workshop, Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum
  • Speak Out: Poetry as Healing, Cottonwood Center for the Arts, Colorado Springs

Flannery Burdick

Managing Director and Founder

Flannery Burdick has successfully worked with universities, colleges, consortia, government agencies, companies, and non-profits to improve their intercultural communications in 15+ countries. A few examples of these institutions include:

  • Wayne State University (US)
  • The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel)
  • Audencia Business School (France)
  • German Academic Exchange Service – DAAD (Germany)
  • Enterprise Ireland (Ireland)
  • Hopkins-Nanjing Center (China)
  • Project 5-100 (Russia)

Flannery began her work in intercultural communication over 15 years ago. Her positions have ranged from lead marketing and publicity writer for the global outreach office of a US university, to professor at a large university in China, to Manager of Content Strategy and Editorial services at The Brenn-White Group.

She is also a published author, with poems appearing in various academic journals, such as ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment. Additionally, she is an active member of the NAACP and the Empowerment Solidarity Network.

Kevin C. Mitchell

Senior Manager of Culturally Responsive Programs

Kevin C. Mitchell is the founder of the Empowerment Solidarity Network, a local non-profit working to lift up Families of Color and other marginalized groups throughout Colorado Springs. He is also a member of the NAACP Colorado Springs Branch.

In addition to his work in activism, he is a published author and emcee. His first collection of poetry, Words from a Field Negro, was recognized by the Pikes Peak Arts Council. He received the People’s Choice Golden Ticket Award from My Black Colorado as top author in Colorado Springs for 2019.

He has spoken on issues of intercultural communication and social justice at dozens of institutions, including:

  • Environmental Action Summit, Colorado College, Keynote Speaker (2019)
  • Prologue Lecture Series: American Prom, Theatreworks and the University of Colorado Colorado Springs Theatre and Dance Program, Speaker (2019)
  • MLK All People’s Breakfast, NAACP, Speaker (2018)
  • Soifer Mathematical Olympiad, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, Speaker (2018, 2019)
  • Moving the Dream Forward, High Plains Church Universalist Unitarian, Speaker (2018)
  • All Pikes Peak Reads – Painting Narratives: A Showcase of the Arts, Pikes Peak Community College, Speaker/Performer (2017)