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Five WKKF grantees share insights about centering racial equity in their organizational structures, practices and operations. Part one takes a look at internal racial equity journeys in a variety of organizations, from a community foundation in Kalamazoo, to a Detroit-based grassroots policy organization focused on maternal health, a national nonprofit focused on professional development for educators, a health service provider in Grand Rapids and a national coalition of breastfeeding-focused organizations.
Five WKKF grantees share insights about centering racial equity in their organizational structures, practices and operations. Part one takes a look at internal racial equity journeys in a variety of organizations, from a local organization serving an Arab immigrant community in Michigan, a Washington D.C. based policy organization focused on juvenile justice reform, a community foundation in greater Buffalo, New York, a nationwide network of service organizations, and a global faith-based organization.
Representing the fastest growing racial group at almost 19 million, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (AAs and NHPIs) currently comprise approximately 6% of the U.S. population. While their growing presence adds to the rich multicultural landscape of the country, the stark reality is that, in many communities across the country, AAs and NHPIs also face significant systemic barriers that lead to growing inequities in terms of educational, economic and health outcomes for this population. In response to this challenge, the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) –with Social Policy Research Associates (SPR) as the evaluation and learning partner—launched a two‐year "Racial Equity Initiative" (REI). Funded from within the W. K. Kellogg Foundation's racial equity portfolio, five local collaboratives were supported from across the country to advance policy, systems, andenvironmental changes that address racial inequities facing their respective AA and NHPI communities.
Since 2007, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation has invested more than $20 million to support development of health equity collaboration within and across AA and NHPI communities throughout the nation. As a result of this investment – in partnership with the Asian Pacific Islander Health Forum (APIAHF) and Social Policy Research Associates (SPR) – significant learning has already been surfaced focusing on the unique opportunities and challenges of building health equity collaboratives within the AA and NHPI population.In 2013, the Kellogg Foundation commissioned SPR to expand a social network analysis of a closed group of APIAHF-funded grantees, to a broader national network of organizations working to advance the health and well-being of AA and NHPI communities. Through this expanded focus, the hope was to shed light on how this rapidly growing racial group is currently organized to advance health equity, as well as inform opportunities for strengthening this emerging movement of leaders from around the country.
This report explores the ways in which our current thinking about leadership often contributes to producing and maintaining racialized dynamics, and identifies a set of core competencies associated with racial justice leadership. Recommendations are included for helping leadership programs develop and support leadership that furthers racial justice in organizations, communities, and the broader society.
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