We cannot expect those who control the system to make the changes that will impact people with lived experience. Even those organizations with the most genuine intentions can contribute negatively and unknowingly to conditions that oppress those who are marginalized. It is nearly impossible to manufacture solutions to solve problems when one is incapable of understanding the entirety of one’s conditions. It is only through a process of authentic community engagement where individuals with lived experience can be included the discussion as decision makers and drivers of those solutions.
Equity is the fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all people, while at the same time striving to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of some groups. Improving equity involves increasing justice and fairness.
Equity as defined above requires us to examine and dismantle the “barriers” that prevent the full participation of certain groups. In order to dismantle the barriers, we must understand the institutional, historical and structural causes of inequities. Additionally, the different factors that equate to a person’s multiple identities -relating not only to gender, but also to race, ability, age, education, sexuality, class, ethnicity, religion and more — can impact one’s experience of discrimination. These various identities and factors intersect and intertwine, which means gender equity cannot be achieved without all forms of equity. This is what Kimberle Crenshaw meant when she coined the term, “intersectionality,” specifically in regard to the experiences of black women. And we can never achieve gender equity if we do not create more equitable systems and policies.
Sara Aye speaks to DSI students as part of the Fall 2018 Global Guest Lecture Series.
With the Equity Audit, we’ve built a comprehensive online tool that addresses both people-facing and system-facing change. The Equity Audit is informed by our DEI Standards and Indicators (DEISI) and requires leadership to consider the role of equity in their governance, finance, operations, program, pedagogy, and culture (adult culture and youth culture). In addition to addressing the key functions of any school or workplace, our Equity Audit assesses DEI for all of the key stakeholders in the organization.
Currently across the country, regardless of region, racial inequities exist across every indicator for success—including health, criminal justice, education, jobs, housing, and beyond. We know these inequities are incongruent with our aspirations. The Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE), a joint project of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at the University of California, Berkeley and Center for Social Inclusion, recognizes that we can and must do better. We know that government has a key role in advancing racial equity, and therefore are modeling at the local level how it is truly possible for government to advance racial equity and to develop into an inclusive and effective democracy.
Moving along the cradle to career continuum, Chicago has over 850,000 youth on the path to adulthood. Too often, headlines focus on stories of despair instead of hope, arrests instead of restorative justice, and high school dropouts instead of college graduates. This Snapshot of Outcomes offers a few headlines that you may not have seen.
This guide has been designed to support facilitators and leaders to advance cross-sector conversations and efforts aimed at population-level impact. How might facilitators effectively use data? How might they ensure a racial equity focus? Often these conversations stall for various reasons including the historical and prevailing culture of both funders and grantees that has focused on compliance rather than continuous improvement.
Liz Dozier is the managing director of Chicago Beyond, a philanthropic venture fund that seeks to create positive, transformational change for the most marginalized young people in Chicago and beyond. A former educator and high school principal, Dozier may be best known for her work to disrupt the culture of inequity that is often pervasive in urban public education.
On April 3-5, 2019, the Partnership facilitated our first Immigration Summit in El Paso, TX. As leaders in our communities, Community Action agencies have the potential to serve a vital role in the provision of services for immigrant and migrant families across the United States. Review this webinar to engage in a conversation on the importance of this work, to hear examples of success stories in Community Action, and to get an overview of resources and other lessons learned from our inaugural Immigration Summit.
This 2017 presentation from john a. powell, Director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, seeks to answer one powerful question: How do we think about, talk about, and give birth to a world where we all belong?
Read about the experiences from five communities on how they have began to address racial inequities and show how philanthropy can encourage and support community members and leaders in this process.
People of Color Will be a Majority of the American Working Class in 2032: What This Means for the Effort to Grow Wages and Reduce inequality
In this report, the author approximates the timing of the working class’s transition to majority-minority based on historical trends in educational attainment and long-term labor force projections by race, ethnicity, gender, and age cohort. I also discuss important economic, social, and political implications of the demographic makeup of this new working class.
A guide that contains recommended pre-readings on the topic of Narrative Change for those looking to make positive social change in their communities.
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