An Introduction to the Race Equity Cycle Pulse Check™

On September 22, 2021, we explored the Race Equity Cycle Pulse Check; what it is, how and when to use it; and other questions we’ve received since it’s launch in May 2021.


Since Awake to Woke to Work: Building a Race Equity Culture™ was released in 2018, Equity In The Center stakeholders have asked for a tool to assess where organizations are on the Race Equity Cycle®. The Race Equity Cycle Pulse Check™ is designed to do just that, and provide recommendations on next steps and tools to move organizations’ race equity work forward.

In this webinar, we explored the Race Equity Cycle Pulse Check (aka, the Pulse Check): what it is; how and when to use it; and some other questions we’ve received since it’s launch in May 2021. Our panelists were Ericka Hines, Managing Director; Rebekah Gowler, Senior Director; and Seana Kellman, Race Equity Associate.


    Ericka Hines 

    Ericka Hines (she/her), Principal of Every Level Leadership, is an advisor and strategist who works with organizations to align their commitment to inclusion and equity with their everyday actions and operations. She has worked with government agencies, nonprofits, and foundations across the country to help their staff and stakeholders learn how to create inclusive culture. To date, Ericka has trained over 3,500 individuals in skills that will help them be more equitable leaders for their teams and organizations. Ericka has also served as lead researcher and a contributing author to the national publication: Awake to Woke to Work: Building a Race Equity Culture published in 2018 by Equity in the Center. She holds a Juris Doctor from the University Of Georgia School Of Law and a B.A. Political Science from Wright State University.

    Rebekah Gowler

    Rebekah Gowler (she/her) is the Senior Director, Content and Stakeholder Engagement, at Equity In The Center. Most recently, she was the director of Race to Justice at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, which is the agency’s internal racial equity capacity building initiative. She designed and led the initiative from the ground up, growing the work from an idea to a staffed and funded agency-wide initiative that included staff training; equity assessments and action plans; and a network of over 200 staff, from across the depth and breadth of the agency, serving on racial equity action teams and workgroups. Prior to Race to Justice, Rebekah led the development of the Racial Justice and Health Equity Professional Development Series at the Boston Public Health Commission. Rebekah has an MSW and MPH from Boston University.

    Seana Kellman

    Seana Kellman (she/her) is a recent graduate of the NYU Applied Psychology Master’s program. She is passionate about implementing sustainable and equitable policies & practices for diversity, race equity, and inclusion in the workplace through data-driven research. Her research thus far has focused on existing instruments that assess diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace – particularly assessment composition, availability, applicability industries other than social work, and mental health. Since joining Equity In The Center, Seana has contributed to the So You Want To Hire An Equity Consultant Guide and has played a key role in the development, management and release of the Race Equity Cycle Pulse Check™.