HOW TO CENTER RACE EQUITY IN YOUR ORGANIZATION’S COVID-19 RESPONSE
Vulnerable populations across the U.S. are being disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The disparities faced by these communities reflect the ongoing consequences of inequality, structural racism, and unequal access to affordable health care that factor prominently in the pandemic death rate.
During our April 21 webinar, Independent Sector and Equity in the Center partnered for a conversation about how our response efforts can rapidly accelerate equitable outcomes. They also discussed how your organization can proactively apply a race equity lens to your COVID-19 response and help ensure that race equity is a priority in our collective pandemic-focused efforts.
Kerrien Suarez, Executive Director, Equity in the Center
Habib Bako, Director of Community Building, Independent Sector
RACE TO LEAD: CONFRONTING THE RACIAL LEADERSHIP GAP
This 2017 report, the first in a series to be released over the next two years, compares people of color and white respondents’ background, aspirations to be leaders, training, and attitudes towards leadership. It exposes the nonprofit sector’s racial leadership gap, and calls for a new narrative about the problem and new strategies to address it. The report asserts that nonprofits must transfer the responsibility for the racial leadership gap from those who are targeted by it (aspiring leaders of color), to those leading and governing organizations.
MANAGING UNCONSCIOUS BIAS
A straightforward and practical white paper about steps to take in HR processes to recognize and minimize the effects of implicit bias. The first half of the report is a summary of the bias research, while the remainder offers both structural and individual strategies for organizations to minimize the impact of bias.
An adaptation by Kenji Yoshino of his book from a decade ago, this paper is written for a corporate audience. The paper offers another way to think and write about grappling with dominant culture.
CAMPAIGN PUTS RACIAL EQUITY IN THE CENTER OF THE SOCIAL SECTOR
Equity in the Center Blog Post for the Annie E. Casey Foundation on the inception of Equity in the Center and the need to advance race equity in the social sector.
WOKE IS AN ACTION WORD
Kerrien Suarez, Director of Equity in the Center, was recently featured in both a podcast and a blog hosted by Independent Sector. Equity in the Center, a project of ProInspire, is a collaborative initiative to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase equity within the sector.
In the Podcast, Woke Is an Action Word, Kay discusses why diversity, equity, and inclusion are key priorities for social sector leaders and organizations, and how Equity in the Center’s collaborative approach is poised to make a difference.
CLOSING THE RACIAL LEADERSHIP GAP
Idealist article on building a racial equity culture in an organization.
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