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Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration

Join us as we give tribute to the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the history of Community Action with the National Community Action Partnership CEO, Denise Harlow and Vice President of Practice Transformation, Tiffney Marley.

Bridging to Equity: Developing a Community Approach to Racial Equity

The Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County, Inc. (CAB) shares their Community Action Plan process fueled by their agency values, highlighting both needs and assets of the community while creating their local poverty snapshot. This board-led process, based on a commitment to engage with those who normally “don’t come to the microphone” as part of town hall meetings, allowed for the agency to learn and listen deeper through Listening Circles and Pop Up Poverty Conversations. CAB shares how they engaged with community, how they prepared for the process, what was highlighted in their Community Action Plan and what they did with what they learned, thus far.

Fundamentals of Financial Capability, Human-Centered Design & Racial Economic Inequality

Prosperity Now’s Jennifer Medina and Brick by Brick Consulting’s Shenell Thompson discuss the fundamentals of financial capability, human-centered design and racial economic inequality. As a participant you can:

– Review the core components of financial capability and reflect on how your organization is supporting families in becoming more financially secure. – Become familiar with the human-centered design process and reflect on how it compares to your organization’s current approach to serving clients. – Learn about racial economic inequality in the United States and reflect on how current and historical policies and practices create disparities for households of color

Healing is the Revolution: Why Trauma Work is Equity Work

This webinar features Dr. Dense Shervington who illustrates the effects of structural oppression, societal disfranchisement on communities of color and discusses the importance of trauma-informed care for this population, providing insight on how community-based organizations can work to help create steps and opportunity for healing on the individual, family, and community level.

Making It Real: Only Authentic Community Engagement Can Be Equitable

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.

The Pathway to Gender Equity… The Need to Dismantle White Privilege

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.

Good Design: Principles for Advancing Equity

Sara Aye speaks to DSI students as part of the Fall 2018 Global Guest Lecture Series.

Beloved Community Equity Audit 

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.

Racial Equity: Getting to Results

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.

A Snapshot of Chicago Youth Outcomes

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.

Facilitator’s Guide for Continuous Improvement Conversations with a Racial Equity Lens

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.

Believing in Justice and Opportunity on the Streets of Chicago

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.

Addressing the Needs of Immigrant & Migrant Families

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.

 

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