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To Do Equity, We Must Be Equity

Thursday, February 20, 2020 9:51 AM | Katena Cain (Administrator)


Katena Cain

Nonprofit Management Consultant

Katena@nonprofnetwork.org


There is a consistent buzz about “equity” and “racial equity” in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors and among cross-sector collective impact efforts. This is a good thing, and our nation’s persistent and rising racial and economic disparities demand it. 

Many groups are applying an “equity lens” to look outward at social problems and solutions, dis-aggregating data and seeking to differentiate opportunities and services to reduce imbalances.  

But our organizations and collective efforts must begin by looking inward, using an “equity mirror” to examine our own composition, culture, and policies that reinforce and perpetuate these societal disparities.

To do equity, we must also be equity.

We need to move beyond conversation to meaningful action. Take a look at our Diversity page and take advantage of the Tools made available to you. Is your organization already implementing any of the suggested steps?

In order to provide better direction and an "equity lens" we mentioned earlier, you should not miss out on these workshop opportunities:  

Cross-Cultural Conversations
~ Advancing Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Within Your Organization

Bridges Out of Poverty Community Session

Need to have a conversation about how to make better progress?  Reach out and we can make a plan together.


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