Racial Equity Action Institute
NCG's Racial Equity Action Institute centers racial equity with an intersectional framework that recognizes the ways race is shaped and informed by class, gender, sexuality, and ability.
Current and historical policies are driving dramatic inequality with rising and continued racial violence, hate, and intolerance. Now, more than ever we need to put emphasis on change and action within institutions and across sectors in order to operationalize racial equity.
The Racial Equity Action Institute (REAI) was developed by Northern California Grantmakers in 2019 to do just that. We offer a useful virtual experience with interactive convenings for those who want to advance REDI (Racial Equity, Diversity, Inclusion) within their institutions. One sector on its own cannot solve the challenges of racial inequities – this cohort learning program connects racial equity specialists from philanthropy, business, government, and nonprofits.
This eight-month, multi-sector program kicks off from May through December 2022. Through REAI, participants will gain knowledge, lessons, and tools for developing actionable strategies in their institutions with field experts and each other. The curriculum centers racial equity with an intersectional framework that recognizes the ways race is shaped and informed by class, gender, sexuality, and ability. We recognize we can achieve more together and are pleased to partner with SoCal Grantmakers to create solutions for our shared challenges in the Northern California and Southern California regions.
REAI takes place over 8 sessions. Stay tuned for the 2023 Session Dates. Sign up for NCG's mailing list to be the first to know when 2023 REAI Institute applications are launched.
Power of Community: Build community and develop relationships with cohort members with a focus on defining shared language on racial equity, diversity, and inclusion (REDI) and how REDI is operationalized.
Power of Reflection and Healing: Explore how personal and intersectional identities and oppressions based on ability, class, gender, race, and sexual orientation are experienced in our bodies. Learn practices rooted in radical rest, trauma-informed approaches to healing, and tools for being resilient and avoiding burnout.
Power of Systems Change: Learn frameworks, strategies, and tools on how to engage with peers and leaders on making racial equity, diversity, and inclusion change in your institution on a systems level.
Power of Culture: Learn how to create a Race Equity Culture in your institution that values and prioritizes racial equity, diversity, and inclusion from Equity in the Center’s Awake to Woke to Work framework.
Power To Leverage Change: Identify institutional levers for change and create the conditions for action to advance racial equity, diversity, and inclusion in your institution.
Power of Communications: Learn how to frame narratives, use storytelling, and develop messages to make the case for racial equity, diversity, and inclusion in your institution.
Power of Practice: Utilize an organizational assessment to develop a Racial Equity Action Plan. Share racial equity, diversity, and inclusion challenges in your institutions, explore strategies, and create solutions to address these barriers.
Power of Collective Action: Refine Racial Equity Action Plans with implementation steps and timelines, reflect on the program experience, engage with REAI alumni, and discuss opportunities to work collectively in the future.
Melissa Nop, Manager of Equity and Practice, Northern California Grantmakers
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