Our initiatives focus on:
Historically minoritized and marginalized individuals and communities have experienced inequities and barriers to education, the workforce, healthcare, and more. Racial justice ensures the equitable treatment of all individuals and equitable access to historically denied or limited resources including education, healthcare, workforce success, law, and other social or institutional services or resources.
The pursuit of racial justice requires engaging in antiracism, the identification and elimination of policies, practices, values, norms, systems, and structures that maintain inequalities and the oppression of minoritized and marginalized individuals and communities. Antiracism primarily focuses on dismantling these barriers to promote an equitable environment.
Racial justice requires a strategic and committed leadership prepared for conflict while encouraging change for the equitable treatment of all individuals. Justice-based leadership calls on individuals in diverse positions, with diverse resources, and diverse commitments to seek equity and justice.
Economic inequality is the inequitable distribution of income, wealth, and resources (economic well-being). Racial inequity is the single most significant contributor to economic disparities. Economic disparities describe the inequitable access to healthcare, education, workforce opportunities, and more due to historic barriers and systems of oppression. Racial justice actively pursues economic equality for all marginalized individuals and populations.
Minoritized and marginalized communities face many challenges including access to resources and opportunities. Racial justice seeks to advance a society that addresses long-standing inequities maintained by power and oppression. Racial justice serves as social justice that promotes serving disadvantaged communities to advance and maintain a just society.
Addressing racism often starts within institutions with the goal of impacting the communities these institutions exist in. Transforming communities is both a part of the racial justice process and end-result. Through racial justice, we can pursue equity in healthcare, our communities, the workforce, education, law, and more.
The distribution of resources and opportunities should not be determined nor predicted by race, racial bias or racial ideology. Racial equity requires addressing norms, values, and practices that promote the strategic exclusion and oppression of minoritized individuals to ensure equality amongst all individuals.
Systemic & Institutional Racism
Systemic racism describes a system of structures of policies, procedures, or practices, that disadvantage people and communities of color. Institutional racism is the intentional barrier that prevents people of color from accessing goods, services, and opportunities in society. By addressing systemic and institutional racism, historically disadvantaged individuals and communities will have greater access to resources and opportunities.
Children & Families
Racial inequities significantly impact children and families from historically minoritized and marginalized populations. This is evident in research such as the pre-school to prison pipeline and recent findings from the impact of COVID 19. Racial justice is social justice; therefore, by promoting equity in our systems and institutions, children and families greatly benefit.
Health & Wellness
Economic, racial, and social disparities impact the health and wellness of marginalized communities. By addressing these inequities, including providing equitable physical and mental health resources, other areas of wellness are addressed such as communities, the workforce, and education.
Serving communities requires a collective voice. Society is currently witnessing divided voices in the pursuit of racial justice. These challenges and barriers only seek to maintain systemic, social, and institutional racism. By empowering a collective voice that informs others on why racial justice is important, a more equitable society.