Many companies are beginning the process of holding a mirror up to themselves in order to uncover how systemic barriers, like racism, operate within the culture of organization and industry norms. Corporate citizens must make advancing equity a priority within its operational culture and business strategies. Corporate citizens must make advancing equity a priority within its operational culture and business strategies.
Corporations will require a shift in resources and pathways for promotions, hiring and access to services. Our communities are dependent on such shifts for economic recovery and for the Black and Brown workers who have been historically underrepresented in the corporate landscape.
Associated Black Charities (ABC) has designed a menu of engagement services that are brave, confidential, transformative, and transactional. Our approach is to meet our clients where they are in their learning journey. We support corporate leaders, racial equity committees, and boards of directors to deepen their understanding of how their individual belief systems and operational business culture reinforces inequity for internal staff, committees, and communities served. These can be structured in the following ways.
ABC employs a racial equity framework – an approach to the world that involves:
Analyzing data and information about race and ethnicity
Looking at problems and their root causes from a structural standpoint
Understanding disparities and learning why they exist
Naming race explicitly when talking about problems
Developing solutions that reflect strategies to eliminate policies, practices, attitudes, and cultural messages that reinforce differential outcomes by race
Transformative Power Sessions (TPS) is an interactive and iterative process designed to engage dialogue and self-discovery. Participants are provided with conversation starters that address challenging topics using a placemaking format that capitalizes on community assets, inspiration, and potential.
Assess, recreate, revise, or reaffirm previous held beliefs, ideas, attitudes, and behaviors regarding topics of discussion of race and racism.
Race Literacy is one of the most important aspects of beginning a racial equity transformation and change process. The lexicon of race has layers of terms that can be misrepresented and conflated with other meanings. This session is designed to explore terms and concepts of race and the systemic function of racism.
Participants will engage in storytelling formats to enumerate examples of personal experiences and references to how definitions are operationalized. Participants will leave with race literacy competencies to begin engaging internal and external stakeholders in difficult conversations regarding racial equity.a
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