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Inside-out work: Embedding racial equity in organizational culture

Part of the RACE + DISABILITY webinar series, co-sponsored by FISA Foundation, The Heinz Endowments, and The Pittsburgh Foundation.

In recent years, many organizations have expressed a commitment to racial equity and justice and taken important first steps. Truly integrating this commitment into the fabric of a nonprofit’s mission takes leadership, intentionality, and tangible, practical work. The journey requires authenticity, vulnerability, and a willingness to make mistakes, learn and do better. Please join us for this conversation between Michelle McMurray, Vice President of Program and Community Engagement at The Pittsburgh Foundation, and Tricia Gadson, CEO of Macedonia FACE about what it takes to embed racial equity into organizational culture. The conversation will address the following key points.

  • Equity work is about centering individual people and their experiences. This requires us to think differently about programs, populations, and outcomes, which are often siloed in our work.
  • Embedding racial equity into organizational culture is more than just prioritizing it in select programs or through temporary projects. Truly embedding racial equity requires changing organizational practices and policies.
  • You can’t dismantle racism without talking about race, which can be uncomfortable.
  • By not embedding a racial equity lens to their work, organizations undermine their ability to create an environment in which people living with a variety of identities, including individuals with disabilities, can effectively access their services and interact with the organization.

This conversation will highlight the importance of applying a racial equity lens to your organization’s efforts and will acknowledge the intersection of race and disability. Speakers will share the progress that organizations have made in this area and note challenges associated with this work. We look forward to you joining this important conversation, to start or continue the journey of embedding racial equity into your organization’s culture.

***Follow the event link for the full list of presenters, sponsors, and to register.  

Upcoming Dates

  • Wednesday, May 26, 2021, 2:00 - 3:30 pm