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Awake to Woke to Work: Building a Race Equity Culture

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 -
10:30am to 12:00pm PST
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Are you a grantmaker or working in a nonprofit and interested in learning more about specific tactics, strategies and best practices around race equity? Philanthropy California and TRHT-LA invite you to join us for a webinar on December 3, 2019 to learn about Equity in the Center’s “Awake to Woke to Work: Building a Race Equity Culture” publication and framework. Equity in the Center’s research is designed to support leaders as they build and expand their organization’s capacity to advance race equity and transform their culture. During the webinar, Kerrien Suarez and Andrew Plumley will outline the need for building a Race Equity Culture in social sector organizations and introduce resources and strategies to help participants move from commitment to action. Participants will learn about the Race Equity Cycle framework, as well as the management levers organizations utilize to measurably shift organizational culture toward race equity.

Join us for a critical conversation on the cases, tactics and tools that will drive action to combat structural racism in the philanthropic and nonprofit sector. We will provide: 

  • An overview of Race Equity Cycle Framework
  • Key findings from Awake to Woke to Work: Building a Race Equity Cycle Publication
  • An overview of Management and Operational Levers to Build a Race Equity Culture
  • Case examples of how organizations move through the ace Equity Cycle
  • A Q & A portion

At this webinar...

  1. Participants will be introduced to research and resources provided by Equity in the Center to support leaders and organizations in advancing race equity.
  2. Participants will understand key research findings from the “Awake to Woke to Work: Building a Race Equity Culture” publication, and how to apply the Race Equity Cycle framework in their own work.
  3. Participants will learn about management and operational levers that can shift organizational culture toward race equity.


Alice Y. Hom, Director of Equity and Social Justice, Northern California Grantmakers

Alice is a community builder invested in bridging diverse and overlapping communities for social change. As the Director of Equity and Social Justice, Alice will focus on racial equity with an intersectional lens that brings multiple issues, communities, and sectors together to build on the common good. Before joining NCG, Alice was a Soros Equality Fellow where she created a podcast and a digital archive on activism by LGBTQ People of Color. Prior to that, Alice worked as the Director of the Queer Justice Fund at Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy.

She serves on the boards of California Humanities and Borealis Philanthropy and on the Advisory Council for the Conscious Style Guide. Alice is a historian with a PhD from Claremont Graduate University, a MA from UCLA, and BA from Yale University. In her spare time, you can find Alice working on her podcast, Historically Queer, or enjoying the culinary delights of restaurants and bakeries with friends and family.


Andrew Plumley, Senior Program Manager, Equity in the Center

Andrew Plumley comes to ProInspire with experience in sustainability, strategy, and diversity, equity, and inclusion consulting in both the social and private sectors.  He has also worked in education, where he’s advised on diversity and inclusion strategy at higher ed. institutions, as well as provided access and success programming for Pell eligible, students of color.  Andrew is a “We All Belong” program board member for the Community Economic Development Office, as well as served as a city council appointed Police Commissioner in the state of Vermont.

Andrew has a BA from Middlebury College, and received an MBA with a focus in social and environmental sustainability from the University of Vermont’s Grossman School of Business.  In his role as Senior Program Manager, Andrew manages the launch of Equity in the Center, which is a field wide initiative to influence leaders to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to create a more diverse and equitable social sector.

Kerrien Suarez, Director, Equity in the Center

Kerrien is director of Equity in the Center (EiC), a new initiative launched through ProInspire and funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Ford Foundation, Kresge Foundation and the David & Lucile Packard Foundation. Equity in the Center addresses a gap in philanthropic and nonprofit organizations’ current diversity, equity and inclusion practice: The absence of sector-validated organizational development and change management best practices to shift mindsets, tactics and systems that drive racial and ethnic diversity at all levels.

With over 19 years of management and consulting experience, Kerrien has supported executive and leadership teams in bold decision making to solve strategic and operational challenges. As an independent consultant, she managed strategic and implementation planning projects for ProInspire, UNCF, National Black Child Development Institute, National Center for Children in Poverty and Martha’s Table. Kerrien’s career in management consulting began at AT Kearney and The Advisory Board.  Most recently, while at Community Wealth Partners, she led engagements to refine programs and scale impact for national nonprofits, including The First Tee and AARP ExperienceCorps. She is a graduate of Harvard College and London School of Economics.

Target Audience

Current NCG, SCG, and SDG members, eligible non-members, and nonprofits. 





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