Race Forward (founded 1981) and Center for Social Inclusion (founded 2002) – both cornerstones of the movement for racial equity – have recently merged to form the new Race Forward. Separately, and sometimes together, our work has shifted racial discourse and practice among hundreds of thousands of people in government, philanthropy, journalism, and advocacy organizations over the last 36 years. As Race Forward and CSI combine forces, all of our work continues to align with both organizational missions to bring systemic analysis and an innovative approach to help people and organizations take effective action toward racial equity.
The new Race Forward is a national movement strategy and research organization that:
- Works with community groups, government, and national organizations to develop policy ideas.
- Builds leadership capacity through multiracial coalition building, convenings, leadership development, and trainings.
- Develops and shares tools to shift the narrative and culture around race and racial equity.
- Develops and implements institutional and sectoral change strategies to operationalize structural racial equity.
Racial Equity Realized
Race Forward will be offering grantees the opportunity to participate in an in-depth peer-based, cohort style learning lab: Racial Equity Realized. Participation in Racial Equity Realized will increase institutional capacity to:
- Advance racial equity through a structural race analysis,.
- Normalize the issue of race inside the organization through a race-explicit framework to deepen shared understanding of institutional and structural barriers to organize for racial equity.
- Gain competencies in applying Racial Equity Tools to operationalize organizational policies and practices to get to measurable racial equity outcomes.
- Services will include:
- Organizational Racial Equity Readiness Assessments & Recommendations (for each organizational team).
- In-person Building Racial Equity intensive session (1.5-day foundational workshop).
- Project team-based coaching on the Racial Equity Pilot Project.*
- Project team-based technical assistance for the Racial Equity Pilot Project.
- Hands-on support in cultivating an organizational Racial Equity Pilot Project.
- Full cohort, in person and virtual gatherings.
- Emergent intensive learning opportunity (additional full-day workshop based on the needs of participants at the project mid-way point).
- Number of Organizations/ Individuals that can participate
- 10 participating organizations
- 50 individuals (5-person teams per each organization)
- Key Components of the Lab will include:
- Key Concepts for Racial Equity
- The Race Explicit framework
- Effective Communications for Racial Equity
- Dimensions of Structural Racism
- Systems Analysis for Racial Equity
- Identifying Institutional Implicit Bias
- Organizational Assessments
- A measurement of organizational readiness to advance racial equity.
- Recommendations for promising areas for use of the Racial Equity Tool, focused organizational strategy and Racial Equity Pilot Project design.
- Developing Racial Equity Pilot Project
- Training and support for applying the Racial Equity Toolkit and coaching to support organizational teams in implementing a Racial Equity Pilot Project (based upon a new or current issue, policy or process).
- Key Concepts for Racial Equity
*A pilot project is an opportunity to gain hands on practice using a racial equity analysis in your work. Each pilot project will have a work group associated with it that’s charged with going through the methodology outlined in the racial equity toolkit. The toolkit process allows you to assess who benefits and whose most burdened by the project, to elevate any unintended consequences, and to craft racial equity strategies that drive toward a different set of outcomes. Work groups will have an opportunity to begin implementing strategies throughout this process, with ongoing support and guidance from Race Forward staff. Pilot projects will be focused both internally (workplace culture, HR policies/procedures, budget development, etc) and externally (programmatic work, policy/advocacy, engagement, etc.) Some of them will be assessing current policies, projects, etc. while others will be an opportunity to approach a new topic with a racial equity lens.
- Grantees can expect to build community and share strategy across the cohort, while gaining the necessary frameworks, analysis, tools and strategies required to organize for institutional racial equity through the development of racial equity Pilot Project to actualize measurable and sustainable change.
Service Dates and Locations
- October 2018: Welcome webinar and completion of Racial Equity Readiness Assessment
- November 2018: 1.5-day in-person training. Location TBD
- February 2019: 1-day in-person gathering. Location TBD
- August 2019: Final 1-day in-person gathering. Location TBD
Participants will be expected to participate in a once monthly Coaching or Technical Assistance Session via videoconference.
Racial Equity Realized is specifically designed to support organizations that identify as being in the beginning or intermediate stages of deepening and developing a racial equity practice.
Participating individuals must be committed to driving racial equity work forward in their organization as demonstrated by:
- Some learning and competency in elements of racial equity.
- Willingness to utilize race explicit frameworks.
- Explicitly articulated and/or written commitment to advancing Racial Equity in their organization or support from organizational leadership.
Participating organizations must:
- View Racial Equity as integral to their mission and scope of work
- Have significant buy-in around engaging in Racial Equity work across the organization and constituency, internally and externally.
- Have a demonstrated commitment to racial equity as evidenced by:
- Valuing and lifting up people most impacted by structural racism in visoning, priority setting and decision-making processes.
- Developing the organizational workforce for greater racial diversity and the leadership of people of color currently in the organization
- Willingness to dedicate resources to integrating racial equity – both as a process and an outcome sought within and throughout the organization.
Participating organizations must be willing to dedicate up to 10 hours per month, per participant (not including in-person gatherings or trainings) to Racial Equity work. Including monthly coaching/TA sessions, pre-work and readings.
Each organization may have up to five and no less than three individuals engaged in the Race Forward program, division of labor may be determined by each organization with special attention paid to equitable distribution of tasks. Each organization will be required to have no less than two participants in each coaching session.
Each organization should have a primary point of contact identified who will serve in a leadership role for the team. We will provide periodic team leaders coaching calls to develop peer-to-peer support between teams.
Individuals representing the organization should represent the breadth and depth of the organization. There should be representation from all levels of the organization including upper or middle management with clear decision making capacity, and frontline staff. All individuals representing the organization should have a clear investment in deepening their organizations internal racial equity practice.