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Below are our publications, resources, and articles featuring all things Equity in the Center.

AWAKE TO WOKE TO WORK: BUILDING A RACE EQUITY CULTURE PUBLICATION

AWAKE TO WOKE TO WORK: BUILDING A RACE EQUITY CULTURE PUBLICATION

This publication is the culmination of the Equity in the Center’s research, which illustrates in detail how organizations can move through the Race Equity Cycle by activating specific organizational levers. Awake to Woke to Work: Building a Race Equity Culture provides insights, tactics, and practices social sector organizations can and have used to measurably shift organizational culture, operationalize equity, and move from a dominant organizational culture to a Race Equity Culture.

TONY MARTIGNETTI NONPROFIT RADIO

SPECIAL EPISODE: STARTING THE RACISM CONVERSATION WITH KERRIEN SUAREZ – TONY MARTIGNETTI NONPROFIT RADIO 

The murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police on Memorial Day, May 25th, has incited 14 days of protests and calls for reform of structural racism. Racism and white privilege, after 401 years of it in the United States, exist not only in law enforcement, but all legal structures, education, healthcare, the economy—and nonprofits. What can we, the nonprofit community, do to be the change we want to see. How do we start the racism conversation in our offices? My guest is Kay Suarez, executive director of Equity in the Center.

Suarez spoke to the Chronicle about how philanthropy approached racial diversity, equity, and inclusion

STATEMENTS ABOUT GEORGE FLOYD ARE A START, BUT HOW WILL ORGANIZATIONS LIVE THEIR VALUES? 

Suarez spoke to the Chronicle about how philanthropy approached racial diversity, equity, and inclusion — often referred to as DEI — at the outset of the coronavirus pandemic and how that may shift in response to the recent killings of George Floyd and other unarmed black people and the resulting protests against police violence and racism.

BRASS TACKS: TELLING THE TRUTH ABOUT EQUITY WITH KERRIEN SUAREZ

BRASS TACKS: TELLING THE TRUTH ABOUT EQUITY WITH KERRIEN SUAREZ 

Question: What do we say when we’re asked “What does equity have to do with my mission?” Put differently, how do we respond to the following comment? “Well, I don’t think equity is a part of our organizational mission.”

This month we were fortunate to sit down with Kerrien Suarez, Executive Director of Equity in the Center, to explore how she navigates situations like these.

An answer: Well, it takes practice. You’ve got to be comfortable telling the truth to yourself before you can invite others to make their own discoveries. “The goal is to help people learn and catalyze actions so they can transform their culture to center equity.”

Webinar: DO BLACK LIVES MATTER IN YOUR ORGANIZATION?

DO BLACK LIVES MATTER IN YOUR ORGANIZATION? LIVING INTO THE VALUES OF YOUR PUBLIC #BLM STATEMENT

Has your organization released a statement in support of Black Lives Matter, or published language explicitly naming that the value of Black lives should be equal to white ones in American society? Have you considered that Black employees of your organization do not feel the institution values them as equal to their white colleagues? Join Equity in the Center for a discussion of the organizational practices and actions that build a Race Equity Culture and enable organizations to live into the values they’ve tweeted about in the wake of George Floyd’s murder.

Webinar Hosts:
Kerrien Suarez, Executive Director, Equity in the Center
Andrew Plumley, Director of Inclusion, American Alliance of Museums

ENTERING RACE EQUITY AND THINKING STRATEGICALLY IN A LONG-TERM CRISIS

ENTERING RACE EQUITY AND THINKING STRATEGICALLY IN A LONG-TERM CRISIS:
A DISCUSSION OF ORGANIZATIONAL RESPONSES TO COVID-19

With the emergency of COVID-19, the most vulnerable members of society are more under-resourced and at risk of death than average. At the same time, many organizations just beginning equity work are questioning if it can/should continue, either because they no longer have revenue to pay for it, or because they “don’t have the bandwidth.” Using the framework Nicola Chin shared in a recent Woke@Work guest blog, panelists will discuss examples of how organizations are both centering race equity in immediate responses to COVID-19 and thinking strategically for the longer-term.

Featured Speakers:
Amanda Andere, Chief Executive Officer, Funders Together to End Homelessness
Nicola Chin, Founder, Up With Community
Hanh Le, Executive Director, Weissberg Foundation
Andrew Plumley, Director of Inclusion, American Alliance of Museums

Webninar: HOW TO CENTER RACE EQUITY IN YOUR ORGANIZATION’S COVID-19 RESPONSE