Anti-Black racism and white supremacy are embedded in philanthropy and in our institutions, often invisible to the majority of us, even as we work with intention towards equity and justice. As change agents within philanthropy, we are stretching to become our best selves, rise to the moment, and progress toward racial equity.
In order to undo systems of oppression, we need to understand the foundations of systemic anti-Black racism and white supremacy in our country. We cannot shift systems or our organizations without understanding how we got here, nor without looking at ourselves, at our relationships, and at our organizations themselves. The guiding purpose of Philanthropy California’s Foundations of Racial Equity (FRE) Series is to provide training for philanthropic practitioners to understand how anti-Black racism and white supremacy influence the field of philanthropy and to provide opportunities for action in your organizations based on what you learn here.
You can register for the full series at a discounted price or the individual sessions of your choice. We recommend attending Session 1 along with any other individual sessions you choose as it lays the groundwork for all session content.
This sixth session of the Foundations of Racial Equity series explores Equity in the Center's “Awake to Woke to Work: Building a Race Equity Culture” publication and framework. Equity in the Center’s research is designed to support leaders as they build and expand their organization’s capacity to advance race equity and transform their culture. In these modules, we’ll engage in a critical conversation on the cases, tactics, and tools that will drive action to combat structural racism in the philanthropic and nonprofit sector.
This framework will help you understand how to take action on racial equity within your organization. You will learn more about specific tactics, strategies, and best practices to operationalize racial equity. Presented by Equity in the Center’s Executive Director, Kerrien Suarez, this session will outline the need for building a Race Equity Culture in social sector organizations and introduce resources and provide strategies to help participants move from commitment to action.
Join us to:
Hear an overview of Race Equity Cycle Framework.
Learn about case examples of how organizations move through the Race Equity Cycle.
Understand key research findings from the “Awake to Woke to Work: Building a Race Equity Culture” publication, and how to apply the Race Equity Cycle framework in their own work.
Learn about management and operational levers that can shift organizational culture toward race equity.
Module A: Wednesday, March 8, 2023 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm PT
Module B: Wednesday, March 15, 2023 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm PT
Executive Director, Equity in the Center
<p>Kerrien is director of Equity in the Center (EiC), a new initiative launched through ProInspireand funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Ford Foundation, Kresge Foundation, and the David & Lucile Packard Foundation. Equity in the Center addresses a gap in philanthropic and nonprofit organizations’ current diversity, equity, and inclusion practice: The absence of sector-validated organizational development and change management best practices to shift mindsets, tactics, and systems that drive racial and ethnic diversity at all levels.<br />
With over 19 years of management and consulting experience, Kerrien has supported executive and leadership teams in bold decision-making to solve strategic and operational challenges. As an independent consultant, she managed strategic and implementation planning projects for ProInspire, UNCF, National Black Child Development Institute, National Center for Children in Poverty and Martha’s Table. Kerrien’s career in management consulting began at AT Kearney and The Advisory Board. Most recently, while at Community Wealth Partners, she led engagements to refine programs and scale impact for national nonprofits, including The First Tee and AARP ExperienceCorps. She is a graduate of Harvard College and the London School of Economics.</p>