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Spotlight

Applying the Racial Equity Lens

A growing awareness of how systematic discrimination exists within some of our societal structures has led many Community Development practitioners to reflect on how best to incorporate a Racial Equity lens into our work in order to serve better our communities, many of which have been directly impacted by this discrimination. 

Incorporating this perspective into the work of community development, however, is not necessarily intuitive and can require additional education and skill-building. As such, we’ve committed this Spotlight to the compilation of resources aimed at teaching practitioners the different strategies and approaches that are surfacing around the industry. We hope these tools will be useful in beginning, or advancing, organizations’ work racial equity work. 

Read the Letter from the Editor for additional background and for an overview of what this month's Spotlight covers.

Letter from the Editor

 

 

In Practice

The LISC Institute asked inSite, a group that partners with the LISC Phoenix office to advance the racial equity discussion in the city, about her work convening stakeholders and about the importance of incorporating the lens to keep people where they are when infrastructure investments increase in a neighborhood.

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What we're reading

This blog, Acknowledging Black History Requires Uncomfortable Honesty, from the Vera Institute explores why advancing racial equity is a commitment that must go hand-in-hand with all criminal justice reform. 

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This article from CityLab explores why the solutions to Baltimore’s inequitable financing problems must be as radical as the policies that segregated the city in the first place. 

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Resource libraries, tools and events

This library from the D5 Coalition offers practical tools and resources from D5 and other efforts to improve your organization’s – and philanthropy’s – work to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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The Race Matters Institute offers trainings, assistance, coaching and product development aimed at advancing actions in both operations and programming to strengthen an organization’s mission to promote racial equity.

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National Equity Atlas offers data resource to track, measure, and make the case for inclusive growth, check out their extensive report library to learn more about their work in this space.

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This archived webinar deck from Enterprise provides information to Section 4 Grantees and prospective applicants on the incorporation of a Racial Equity framework within organizations.

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This report from PolicyLink aims to address discrimination while improving the competitiveness of businesses, and to challenge the corporate sector to advance racial equity through its products, services, and public policy positions.

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What Does it Take to Embed a Racial Equity & Inclusion Lens? from Living Cities seeks to help readers wrestle with how to better operationalize racial equity and inclusion in their work.

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See videos and reflections from the 2018 National Interagency Community Reinvestment Conference, which explored the complex intersections between neighborhoods, health, and climate as well as the role of community reinvestment in promoting equitable development.

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Use this Racial Equity Impact Assessment (REIA) from Race Forward to do a systematic examination of how different racial and ethnic groups will likely be affected by a proposed action or decision.

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