Racial Equity Toolkit
Centering equity is key to the purpose and mission of any collective impact work, no matter the issue area or focus. It is very difficult to move population or systems change without redressing disparities that exist in almost every community. Part of the challenge is there is not one path to achieve equity, and the work of advancing equity is an ongoing practice, built on work that is very personal, relational, and structural. Though it is a continuing journey without a definitive finish line, structured processes, goals, and metrics can support individuals and collectives to advance the work intentionally and strategically.
This toolkit is a companion to the article Centering Equity in Collective Impact by Sheri Brady, Jennifer Splansky Juster, John Kania, Mark Kramer, Paul Schmitz, and Junious Williams from the Winter 2022 Stanford Social Innovation Review. The article defines equity as fairness and justice achieved through systematically assessing disparities in opportunities, outcomes, and representation and redressing those disparities through targeted actions. In order to center equity, and specifically racial equity, in collective impact, the authors focused on five action-oriented strategies:
- Ground the work in data and context, and target solutions.
- Focus on systems change, in addition to programs and services.
- Shift power within the collective.
- Listen to and act with community.
- Build equity leadership and accountability.
This toolkit offers tips and activities to help groups such as school district ACP teams and their partners operationalize racial equity through each of these strategies. We encourage this toolkit to be used by a team because the conversations and learning are a key part of the racial equity work. Before diving into the strategies, though, it is important to begin considering your personal experience, commitment, and approach to racial equity.
We believe, however, that focusing on racial equity also enables us to introduce tool and resources that may be applied or adapted to other areas of marginalization or disparity in our communities and society, including:
• sexual orientation
• and more