Race Forward: Racial Justice Leadership Institute
Race Forward's mission is to build awareness, solutions, and leadership for racial justice by generating transformative ideas, information, and experiences. We define racial justice as the systematic fair treatment of people of all races, resulting in equitable opportunities and outcomes for all and we work to advance racial justice through media, research, and leadership development. For more information, visit www.raceforward.org.
Race Forward will conduct four Racial Justice Leadership Institutes for grantees in three host cities (Washington, D.C., New York, New York and San Francisco, California). Each institute will host 7-10 organizations with room for 2-4 senior staff from each organization. The institute will help develop shared concepts, language, and practice for racial equity. It will provide opportunities to explore key definitions and distinctions (such as how racial equity is different from diversity or equality), learn about institutional implicit bias, and learn practices to help address and mitigate bias. Participants will be introduced to tools for institutional change and have the opportunity to practice the application of racial equity approaches and equity conscious decision-making through a hands-on planning session. This interactive training will guide participants towards operationalizing racial equity in their organization’s work and culture. With an emphasis on systemic analysis, Race Forward’s trainings will yield specific tools for countering implicit bias and highlighting “choice points” as successful solution-oriented interventions for organizational policies and practices that impact racial equity in the many facets of an organization’s work and outcomes. Training Components include:
- Identifying Organizational Strengths, Challenges and Aspirations
- Racial Justice Values and Vision
- Key Concepts: Dimensions of Racism
- Implicit Bias and Systems Analysis
- Choice Points – Making Racial Equity Conscious Decisions
Training participants will draft next steps for advancing racial equity within their organization, and will also be invited to apply for additional virtual coaching to advance those next steps. A subset of organizations will be selected to participate in additional coaching to advance racial equity practice in their organizations. Each cluster will be assigned a coach, and will work on adjusting and improving their plans, addressing barriers and challenges, considering racial equity impacts of those plans, and planning to deepen their organizational practice. The goal of this coaching process will be to concretely advance racial equity practice in each participating organization. Additionally, these organizations will offer examples, insights, and practical experiences in advancing racial equity practice with one another across cohorts.
- Organizational Need: Seeking to operationalize racial equity within organizational work and culture, including understanding and addressing institutional implicit bias, and equity conscious decision-making.
- Equity Commitment: Must demonstrate an active interest in advancing racial equity in the organization. Within the last five years, the organization must have engaged in work around racial equity, either internal or external facing. This may include: trainings, self-evaluation, an audit of the impact of the organization’s work on communities of color, and/or relevant discussions incorporated into retreats or planning meetings..
- Personnel Commitment: Have two to four senior staff who commit to attending the Racial Justice Leadership Institute, at least one person should hold organizational decision-making authority and have significant influence over organizational culture and talent.
- Time Commitment:
- Travel time to training location
- One-day course
- Financial Commitment: Costs associated with travel to attend in-person trainings (locations to be determined). Kresge does not want travel costs to exclude any organization from participating, and some travel scholarships will likely be available. Please indicate anticipated need in the SurveyMonkey application for services.