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Operationalizing Racial Equity: Lessons from Multiple Sectors

Thursday, February 9, 2023 -
11:00am to 12:00pm PST
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Racial equity, diversity, and inclusion (REDI) are increasingly important topics of discussion in institutions but where to begin and how to start operationalizing REDI can be overwhelming. Join this program if you are curious about how to implement REDI in your institution and want to learn how others engage in it from the business, government, nonprofit, and philanthropy sectors. You’ll hear from the alumni of Racial Equity Action Institute (REAI) and take away some tips, tools, and frameworks to help you and your institution make progress. 

Join us to:

  • Hear experiences, stories, and lessons from multiple sectors on operationalizing racial equity, diversity, and inclusion (REDI) 
  • Gain insight into how to make the case for REDI in your institution 
  • Learn about the successes and challenges of implementing REDI in different sectors 
  • Hear about the Racial Equity Action Institute as an opportunity to learn, network, and gain support to integrate REDI 
  • Hear from the REAI cohorts of the past 4 years about their experiences organizationally and personally

If you'd like to sign up to be the first to know about the next cohort of participants for the Racial EQuity Action Institute, you can sign up here


Rugieyatu Bhonopha, Program Manager, Belonging and Equity Office for John Muir Health

Rugieyatu Bhonopha graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with an undergraduate degree in Social Work and Masters from California State University, Hayward in Health Care Administration. With a Strong passion for diversity, Rugieyatu was the founding sister of Lambda Phi Xi, Multicultural Sorority Inc. at the University of Nevada, Reno. Rugieyatu has been in the Healthcare sector for over 10 years. Rugieyatu is the Program Manager for the Belonging and Equity Office for John Muir Health. The Belonging and Equity office was born in the wake of the George Floyd murder. The Belonging and Equity Office has helped bring tough conversations to the John Muir Health employees and recognizes the importance of diversity and inclusion. Rugieyatu manages all 8 ERG taskforces. With over 700 employee members.

TC Duong, Program Officer, Blue Shield of CA Foundation
TC Duong (he/him) is a program officer who focuses on community-driven solutions as a leader in the Foundation's work to align systems with community priorities. He has an extensive career in advocacy, policy, nonprofit program management, training, and technical assistance. Most recently at the Building Movement Project, TC brought together learning communities to effectively shift service organizations to a social change model. As the community health and health equity program manager for the Blue Cross Center for Prevention in Minnesota, he managed community partnerships and developed trainings and convenings on building equity and strengthening relationships. He was the fellowship program manager for the Rockwood Leadership Institute, managing fellowship cohorts for immigrant rights leaders in California, LGBTQ advocacy leaders, and activists in arts and culture. Prior to his time at Rockwood, he served as the program manager for Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment Advocacy and Leadership (APPEAL). In this role, TC provided cross-cultural organization development and leadership training to community organizations in Minnesota. TC has worked on advocacy and training for several Washington, D.C.-based organizations such as the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD), Southeast Asian American Advocacy Initiative at the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) and Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG).
Beth Rubenstein, Deputy Director of Policy and Communications, San Francisco Public Works
With a background in architecture, education and policy, Beth is the Deputy Director of Policy and Communications at San Francisco Public Works, where she focuses on the Racial Equity Initiative, communications and department-wide projects. Previously, she was a legislative aide to three members of the SF Board of Supervisors. Beth was awarded the Koshland Civic Unity Fellowship by the SF Foundation in recognition of being a Bay Area grassroots risk taker. She is the co-founder of two San Francisco community-based nonprofits, Excelsior Works! - a multi-lingual workforce development center – and Youth Art Exchange – a youth development and civic engagement organization. Beauty, in the largest sense of the word – in human relationships, nature and art – helps keep her whole. 
Olivia White Lopez, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Peninsula Open Space Trust
Olivia White Lopez (she/they/ella) serves as the Peninsula Open Space Trust's first Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. She has 16 years of experience in nonprofit leadership and has previously led inclusion and belonging efforts with Kiva, Hack the Hood, and 826 Valencia. Olivia holds a Master of Science in Organization Development from the University of San Francisco and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Studio Art from Agnes Scott College.
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