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What is the NCG Racial Equity Action Institute?

The Racial Equity Action Institute is a multi-sector space to test and deepen racial equity, diversity, and inclusion (REDI) practices. We center racial equity with an intersectional framework that recognizes the ways race is shaped and informed by class, gender, sexuality, and ability. Twenty participants will attend 6 in-person, six-hour sessions from August 2020 through February 2021. Whether your institution uses “racial equity” or “DEI” the Racial Equity Action 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 offering REAI?

  • Current and historic policies driving dramatic inequality in the region
  • Rising racial violence, hate, 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 REAI?

  • A space to learn from each other and to craft and try out approaches to the challenge of advancing racial equity, diversity, and inclusion (REDI) within our institutions
  • Opportunity to meet like-minded specialists and leaders across sectors to build a network of colleagues and create community with each other for support and advice
  • Hear from field leaders and community experts across multiple sectors on REDI 
  • Tools, resources, and knowledge to advance REDI--personally, institutionally, and in our communities
  • 1:1 coaching with Alice Y. Hom, NCG Director, Equity and Social Justice  
  • A shift in your personal, interpersonal, institutional, and structural perspectives on REDI
  • Opportunity to create an institutional Racial Equity Action Plan to move REDI efforts based on your respective situation

What is the time commitment for REAI?

  • Participants will be expected to attend 6, six-hour, in-person sessions over 7 months, starting in August 2020 and ending in February 2021
  • 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. There may be some pre-reading (an article or a report) for at least two of the sessions.

What is the cost of participation?

Northern California Grantmakers is pleased to subsidize a portion of the Racial Equity Action Institute. The cost structure below covers the remaining expenses of the program including: consultants, speaker honorariums, food, and materials.

  • If you are in the nonprofit or government sectors the cost is: $750 (individual pays) or $1500 (institution pays).
  • If you are in the business or philanthropy sectors the cost is: $1500 (individual pays) or $2500 (institution pays).

The individual cost is for those who will pay out of their own pocket and the institutional cost is for those who will have their institution pay on their behalf. We invite our business and philanthropy participants to make an additional contribution of $1500 to help further subsidize the participation of our nonprofit and government colleagues. If the cost of participation presents a financial barrier, please contact us to explore alternative arrangements.  

What are you looking for in participants?

  • Are responsible for the implementation of racial equity, diversity, and inclusion 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, diversity, and inclusion;
  • 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 REAI and other racial equity trainings/programs?

  • REAI 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, diversity, and inclusion efforts within an institution
  • There is a mix of personal, interpersonal, and institutional learning with a focus on creating a racial equity culture
  • Focused on the Bay Area region

What will participants do?

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

  • Develop an understanding of how to operationalize racial equity 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 build relationships to seed future work together

Who else is participating in the cohort?

The cohort will welcome 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