Strategies for Leaders to Address Equity
Equity work is challenging and complex, but super important to address in youth-serving organizations. From our perspective, equity work is an ongoing process. It’s not a box to be checked. It’s more of a journey. We have a framework we like to use that can help you get started with strategies to support equity in your organization. We call this the 3P’s: People, Practices, Policies
People: What can individuals do to reflect and work on their own equity lens?
Practices: What program practices can shift to be more equity-based?
Policies: What organizational systems and policies can be revised with an equity-focus?
Strategies people can do to begin equity work are:
Anti-bias and micro-aggression training
Defining concepts and terms
Facilitation of staff dialogue
Create a personal equity roadmap
Strategies to support program practices are:
Cultural responsiveness training
Topic-specific staff training
Strategies for community engagement
Strategies to revise organizational policies include:
Assessment of organizational practices such as hiring, evaluation, data, etc.
Developing an organizational strategy around diversity, equity and inclusion