Civic Engagement

civic engagement

Equity Assessment
 
Our equity assessment process to help illuminate the role that race plays within an organization, but also provides an opportunity for a diverse range of stakeholders to undergo transformative changes at the personal and organizational level by engaging in a process of authentic co-learning. 
 
Our approach seeks to build an understanding of an organization’s orientation to racial injustice and their readiness to contribute meaningfully to anti-racism more broadly.  Generally, our equity assessments focus on three areas of an organization:
 
• Organizational processes and procedures
• Budgeting and investment priorities
• Experiences of people of color related to the organization
 
In addition, Our equity assessment process is characterized by a series of dialogues designed to promote co-learning and exploration about personal and organizational experiences of race, topics related to anti-racism, and personal and organizational change between a range of stakeholders.  These dialogues are also designed to help focus the data and analysis within the equity assessment itself and increase the capacity of organizational personnel to understand the assessment and implement strategic changes for greater equity.  
 
Cultural Humility Trainings
 
The Kirwan Institute provides cultural humility presentation modules that are designed to introduce organizations to the underlying concepts of cultural humility and provide some preliminary suggestions on how these concepts can play a more robust role in the work of the organization.
 
The term cultural humility refers to a learned set of skills and learning postures that can help people and organizations overcome challenges encountered when engaging people from different cultural background by approaching those interactions with an authentic sense of curiosity and humility.  Our cultural humility training materials share three overarching objectives:
 
1. To introduce the audience to the concepts cultural competency and cultural humility and the important differences between them as they pertain to engagement with diverse communities.
 
2. Provide a basic understanding of implicit bias and the role of the role that it plays in our decision-making, intergroup interactions, and policy-making.
 
3. Exploring the role of diversity and cultural humility within organizational culture.
 
Our cultural humility education resources include presentations, workshops, and interactive learning scenarios and definition sheets.

To inquire about trainings, please contact Kip Holley