PreK–12 Equity Advisory Board

Bill de la Cruz

Director of Equity & Inclusion, Denver Public Schools

Bill de la Cruz is an inspiring belonging and inclusion facilitator who has been guiding individuals and groups through the process of personal transformation as a mediator and workshop leader for 30 years. Bill has served as a School board member and Board President, co-authored the equity Toolkit for Colorado school administrators and is the former Director of Equity and Inclusion for Denver Public Schools. He delivers keynotes and facilitates bias awareness and bias deconstruction workshops across the country with his Consulting firm De La Cruz Solutions. He developed his programs and workshops to help individuals and groups build self-awareness, enhance relationships and foster positive, sustainable personal growth. Bill has been on his own personal growth journey for more than 40 years which inspired him to develop specific practices designed to help create impactful, lasting change.

Bill is a published author with a book titled "Finding the Origination Point, Understanding Our Biases to Create a More Peaceful World".

Bill’s book supports people in working through blame, shame and judgment through an acceptance of our shared humanity. By using self-awareness to normalize the bias conversation, we increase our understanding of the experiential and emotional origination point and narratives of personal bias. The origination point of our biases is the point of understanding and healing. Normalizing bias conversations allows us to talk about how our past experiences play a role in our present personal interactions. Bill uses the processes in Finding the Origination Point conversations to talk about personal influence, the power of narratives and daily practices to disrupt life patterns that no longer serve us.

The Origination Point also explores the connection of how individual biased experiences are transferred into communities, organizations, schools and human cultures.

Bill believes in the power of personal change and works to make the world a more humane place, one conversation at a time.