Equity in the Center (EiC) works to shift mindsets, practices and systems in the social sector to increase race equity. We envision a future where nonprofit and philanthropic organizations are characterized by a Race Equity Culture, meaning they implement and advance race equity internally while advocating for and centering it in work externally.
On May 22nd in downtown DC, EiC will hold a one-day convening for leaders, including donors, and organizations that want to learn more about how to build a Race Equity Culture. Plenary and working sessions will focus on how equity can be operationalized in organizational culture, highlighting best practices from our Awake to Woke to Work: Building a Race Equity Culture publication.
Following the convening, on May 23rd and 24th, EiC will host Racial Equity Institute’s two-day Phase 1 Foundational Training on Historical and Institutional Racism, which highlights historical factors and data analyses driving structural and organizational racism.
If you have not previously attended an EiC convening, watch the following video, featuring 2018 EiC Summit participants, discussing the value of the experience, our research and network of leaders working to build a Race Equity Culture:
Donor Convening: 8:30am to 11:45am on May 22
8:30am to 10:00am: Overview of EiC’s Awake to Woke to Work: Building a Race Equity Culture research (emphasis will be on the Senior Leadership and Board of Directors levers, and how they connect to the donors’ personal/interpersonal work on race equity and their institutional role as funders).
10:00am to 11:45am: Panel of donors/donor organizers, community foundation leaders and board members discussing how personal/interpersonal/institutional issues of race manifest in their work as donors and with donors. There will also be a discussion of the need for increased funding to support race equity capacity building, and how those funds are used by nonprofits.
EiC Convening: 10:00am to 5:00pm on May 22
10:00am to 11:45am: Concurrent break out sessions on how race/gender dynamics drive the nonprofit racial leadership gap (Building Movement Project research), shifting white dominant organizational culture to be inclusive of people of color, and an introduction to the racial healing process (topics to be confirmed).
12:00pm-1:30pm: Panel of nonprofit executives discussing their organizations’ transformational process to build a Race Equity Culture. Panelists will be leaders of organizations featured in EiC’s Awake to Woke to Work publication and forthcoming video case studies, including Leadership for Educational Equity, Year Up an SAGE.
1:30pm-3:00pm: Panel of race equity consultants discussing their work supporting organizations, including those featured on the previous panel, in building a Race Equity Culture. Panelists will include consultants whose work is featured in EiC’s Awake to Woke to Work publication and the forthcoming video case studies.
3:00pm-5:00pm: Concurrent break out sessions on how race/gender dynamics drive the nonprofit racial leadership gap (Building Movement Project research), shifting white dominant organizational culture to be inclusive of people of color, and an introduction to the racial healing process (topics to be confirmed).
5:00pm-6:30pm: Reception (tentative)
Racial Equity Institute Phase I Workshop – Foundational Training on Historical Institutional Racism: 9:00am – 5:00pm on May 23 and 24
Even those who are concerned about racial disparities in all American systems and institutions are challenged in their understanding of how racism remains alive and well, advantaging some while harming others. REI’s two-day Phase I training is designed to develop the capacity of participants to understand racism in its institutional and structural forms. Moving the focus from individual bigotry and bias, the workshop presents a historical, cultural, structural and institutional analysis of racism. With a clear understanding of how institutions, systems, and culture are producing unjust and inequitable outcomes, participants are better equipped to work for change.
Phase I builds the capacity of participants to identify the root causes of disparity and establish goals and strategies based on that deeper understanding. Participants develop an analysis of institutional racism that helps their organization develop a common understanding of the problem and a common language to address it. This paradigm-shifting experience redefines issues of equity as they manifest in systems and institutions today and the attendant actions of individuals who seek to address them.
Equity in the Center has a limited number of scholarships available. If interested, please contact EiC’s event planner, Ana Daniels, at [email protected]. Donors interested in just attending the donor session, please reach out to Ana as well.