Frontline Solutions (FS) is a Black-owned national consulting firm that delivers a full range of strategic and business planning, program design and implementation, research, evaluation, technical assistance, and community engagement services. With 17 full-time staff, the Frontline team is comprised of organizers, scholars, strategists, artists, and coaches who are adept at utilizing consulting as a tool for social change. Frontline’s core principles include:
- Intersectional Equity – Building just communities demands the dismantling the barriers created by racism and patriarchy. We recognize that these issues are overlapping and interlocking, and we design strategies that tackle them together.
- Community-Driven Innovation – The best ideas for solving problems come from the folks who have experienced them. We work with leaders and thought partners to articulate the challenges, opportunities, and solutions they see in their own communities.
- Activating a Network for Change – Frontline identifies, nurtures, and amplifies the impact of leaders. We mobilize our network to heighten impact for our clients, staff, and partners.
Developing an Equitable Organizational Culture
Frontline’s services are designed to support individual organizations. Our approach believes that equity-centered organizations have an organizational culture that embeds and prioritizes equity. We do NOT believe that equity-centered organizations are the product of EDs or HR Directors who have undergone great training. While training is really important, Frontline prioritizes helping organizations build a culture that develops consensus values, practices, policies and pursuant outcomes that center equity. Therefore, Frontline’s services to individual organizations include the following:
- Intersectional Equity Self-Assessment: An initial anonymous survey of the organization’s staff will be administered to gather perspectives on how the organization is faring along a range of equity indicators (race, class, gender, sexual orientation, age, political identity, ability, religion, nationality, etc.).
- Staff and Board Interviews: Frontline staff will conduct interviews with members of the staff and board to identify overarching themes of equity as related to the organization’s impact, organizational culture, policies and practices, and governance.
- ‘Building a Culture we Believe In’ Staff Retreat: Frontline will plan and facilitate a full-day retreat to:
- Present the findings from the discovery process (surveys, interviews, document review, etc.). These will be shared in advance via a findings and recommendations memo.
- Develop shared vision for and equity-centered organizational culture.
- Engage in open, honest dialogue about how equity currently and potentially figures into the organization’s programming and operations.
- Identify and agree upon the learning required for the organization’s leadership and personnel to advance and embed equity.
Service Dates and Locations
Frontline will work with each organization to schedule a time for the proposed Intersectional Equity Self-Assessment, interviews and Staff Retreat to take place on-site for the respective organization.
- Senior Leadership is bought in, committed to and will be engaged in the process.
- Organization’s desired endpoint is to be ‘equity-centered’, not merely ‘equity-aware’:
- Equity-centered institution doesn’t have it all figured out, but they’re asking themselves these questions in these areas and working to shift culture.
- Equity-aware institution has acquired information and tools via trainings and frameworks (without necessarily knowing how to apply it).
- Organization is willing to embark upon an interrogative (but, not judgmental) process.
- Each staff person is willing to participate in the Intersectional Equity Self-Assessment Survey (approximately 1 hour)
- Each staff person will participate in the full-day retreat
- Each staff person (and perhaps board) participates in a 1-hour interview