You have to act as if it were possible to radically transform the world. And you have to do it all the time.”Angela Y. Davis
Equity in the center envisions a future where nonprofit and philanthropic organizations adopt a Race Equity Culture focused on proactive counteraction of social inequities. We must build a future where white dominant culture is dismantled within all social sector organizations, institutional and structural racism have been eliminated at all levels of nonprofit and philanthropic organizations, and race equity has been achieved within organizations, across the social sector, and in communities.
We focus on race equity explicitly, as research has demonstrated that doing so drives a measurable shift in equity across a range of intersectional identities (gender, sexuality, ability, et al.). The dominant culture which characterizes American society and, therefore, its nonprofit and philanthropic organizations is inextricably linked to policies and practices that elevate one race above others. This shows up in a myriad of different ways, but persistent racial outcomes gaps in health, income, education, and housing demonstrate structural inequity based on race.
By focusing explicitly on race equity, we believe that our efforts will help organizations create race equity cultures within their organizations, and help center race equity work as a core goal of social sector organization’s missions.
Race Equity – The condition that would be achieved if one’s race identity no longer influenced how one fares. Race equity is one part of race justice and must be addressed at the root causes and not just the manifestations. This includes the elimination of policies, practices, attitudes, and cultural messages that reinforce differential outcomes by race or fail to eliminate them.
Race Equity Culture – A culture focused on proactive counteraction of social and race inequities inside and outside of an organization.