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FAQs | Racial Equity Action Institute


What is the NCG Racial Equity Action Institute?

The REA Institute is a multi-sector space to test and deepen racial equity and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) practices. Fifteen to twenty participants will attend five, in-person, five-hour sessions over the course of 7 months. Whether your institution uses “racial equity” or “diversity, equity, and inclusion,” the REA Institute will focus on moving your institution towards equitable practices and supporting you in creating the conditions for action.  

How does NCG define racial equity?

  1. Borrowing from the Center for Social Inclusion and Race Forward, NCG defines racial equity as both an outcome and a process. As an outcome, we achieve racial equity when race no longer determines one’s socioeconomic outcomes; when everyone has what they need to thrive, no matter where they live. As a process, we apply racial equity when those most impacted by structural racial inequity are meaningfully involved in the creation and implementation of the institutional policies and practices that impact their lives.
  2. When we achieve racial equity:
  • People, including people of color, are owners, planners, and decision-makers in the systems that govern their lives.
  • We acknowledge and account for past and current inequities, and provide all people, particularly those most impacted by racial inequities, the infrastructure needed to thrive.
  • Everyone benefits from a more just, equitable system.

Why is NCG creating the REA Institute?

  • Current and historic policies driving dramatic inequality in the region
  • Rising racial violence and intolerance
  • Discussing race, racism, and racial equity continues to be an enduring challenge
  • Increased interest and action in multiple sectors to address race and racial equity
  • Desire to act together, as a cohesive community

What will I get out of the REA Institute?

  • A network of racial equity leaders seeking to connect to a deeper purpose within ourselves and to create community with each other
  • A space to learn from each other and to craft and try out approaches to the challenge of cultivating/advancing racial equity within our organizations
  • A collective analysis and understanding of racial inequity in the region
  • Tools, resources, and knowledge on to advance racial equity--personally, institutionally, and in our communities
  • Participants will see a shift in their personal, institutional, and community perspectives on racial equity
  • Participants will leave with a personal leadership development plan and an institutional action plans to move racial equity efforts based on their respective situations

What is the time commitment for the REA Institute?

  • Participants will be expected to attend 5 five-hour, in-person sessions over 7 months, starting in June 2019 and ending in December 2019
  • Participants are asked to complete an intake assessment and conversation, participate in check-ins between the cohort sessions, and may be asked to participate in post-cohort updates and evaluation activities

What is the cost of participation?

The REA Institute is free! There is no cost for participation. All meals and materials will be provided. Participants are expected to manage their own transportation to all sessions.

What are you looking for in participants?

  • Are responsible for the implementation of racial equity and DEI efforts at their current institution and have a minimum of 2 years of overall experience working on these issues;
  • Understand their institution’s operations, systems, programs, and leadership structure, and have a level of influence/authority to introduce new ideas, programs, etc;
  • Embrace reflection and are open to being challenged/inspired by new/different ideas on practicing racial equity and DEI work;
  • Seek a space to connect with others for support, to build relationships, and to problem-solve on racial equity challenges.

What’s the difference between the REA Institute and other racial equity trainings/programs?

  • The REA Institute is multi-sector cohort  focused on bringing racial equity specialists and leaders together from the philanthropy, government, business, and nonprofit sectors
  • Targeted to people responsible for implementing and engaging in racial equity and DEI work within an institution
  • Focused on the Bay Area region

What will participants do?

The REA Institute will utilize a “Learning to Action” framework—that consists of several components:

  • Develop a shared understanding of the racial inequities in the region and how our respective sectors have been thinking about, discussing, and practicing racial equity
  • Craft, test, and refine solutions to shared challenges
  • Engage with each other across sectors and form partnerships to seed future work together

Who else is participating in the cohort?

The cohort will welcome 15-20 racial equity and DEI specialists and influencers from philanthropy, government, business, and nonprofit sectors

Who should I contact if I have more questions?

  • Alice Y. Hom, Director of Equity and Social Justice | ayhom@ncg.org | 415.635.2336
  • Daniel Lau, Manager of Programs and Events | dlau@ncg.org | 415.635.2335