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FAQs | Racial Equity Action Institute

What is the NCG Racial Equity Action Institute?

The Racial Equity Action Institute is a multi-sector training connecting racial equity specialists and leaders in philanthropy, government, business, and nonprofits together. The cohorts will learn, network and develop a mix of actionable strategies with field experts and each other to advance REDI (Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) within their institutions. We center racial equity with an intersectional framework that recognizes the ways race is shaped and informed by class, gender, sexuality, and ability.

Together for Good

We recognize we can achieve more together and are pleased to partner with Southern California Grantmakers (SCG) this year to create solutions for our shared challenges in the Bay Area and Los Angeles regions. There will be an NCG and SCG cohort, each comprised of 20 people chosen to participate in REAI with opportunities to reflect, share, and act. There will be opportunities for both cohorts to connect with each other as well as time for separate engagement. 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 do we define racial equity?

  1. Borrowing from the Center for Social Inclusion and Race Forward, we define 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.

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  
  • A shift in your personal, interpersonal, institutional, and structural perspectives on REDI 
  • Opportunity to create an Racial Equity Action Plan to move REDI efforts for your institution 
  • Opportunity to build and connect with a cohort in the Northern California region and Southern California region. Each cohort will be comprised of 20 people. 

What is the time commitment for REAI?

  • Participants will be expected to attend 8 virtual sessions (10-3 pm with a lunch break) starting in November 2020 and ending in June 2021 (Note: sessions will not be recorded)
  • Participants are required to participate in all 8 sessions to help build relationships and community with cohort members
  • 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 an occasional pre-reading (an article or a report) before at the most two sessions.

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
  • There is an emphasis on change & action with the creation of an action plan on racial equity, diversity, and inclusion for your institution
  • Focus on the Bay Area and Los Angeles regions, with an opportunity to learn about specific regions and connect to other locales

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 NCG and SCG cohorts will each have 20 racial equity and DEI specialists and influencers from philanthropy, government, business, and nonprofit sectors.

Can more than one person from the same institution apply to REAI?

Yes, more than one person can apply. However, if selected, only one applicant from the same institution will be invited to participate in the cohort.

Who should I contact if I have more questions?

Alice Y. Hom, Director of Equity and Social Justice | ayhom@ncg.org 

Daniel Lau, Manager of Programs and Events | dlau@ncg.org 

Erica Rey, Manager, TRHT-LA | erica@socalgrantmakers.org

Sequoia Thompson, Coordinator, TRHT-LA | sequoia@socalgrantmakers.org