ACT for Alexandria

Racial Equity Capacity Building Initiative

We believe the diversity of our community is one of Alexandria’s greatest assets. ACT for Alexandria is embarking on a journey with our colleagues across the City to achieve a future when race no longer predicts one’s outcomes in life; when everyone has what they need to thrive, no matter what neighborhood they live in, the color of their skin, their gender, or where they were born.

As Alexandria’s community foundation, this vision of a vibrant community is core to our work. In order to move this vision forward, we asked 250 nonprofit, civic and business leaders at the recent IMPACT 2019: Racial Equity Forum what they need. Here’s what they said:

  1. Training for board and staff members
  2. Resources to learn more about racial equity
  3. Convening people in a safe space to have conversations to learn with and from one another
  4. Developing leaders and creating a pipeline of people to serve on boards and commissions
  5. Funding for organizations to get started or continue this work

To address these needs, we are kicking off a Racial Equity Capacity Building Initiative. It includes:

  • Workshops that address what it means to be an ally for racial equity and build bridges to ensure equity, opportunity and inclusion for everyone. These one-day workshops will be open to everyone in the community.  Sponsored by Kaiser Permanente and The Bruhn-Morris Family Foundation. 
  • A Design Lab with participants from the workshops to capture feedback about their desired continued learnings around racial equity with the goal of creating a peer cohort group to begin in October 2019.
  • A six-month Learning Lab to equip leaders in effective racial equity implementation in their organizations.
  • Community conversations that bring people together for dialogue to build deeper understanding and surface new ideas and solutions.
  • Capacity-building grants that help nonprofits build know-how and knowledge about racial equity with their staff, board and constituents.

 

Participate in Our Racial Equity Capacity Building Initiative Events: 

Allyship workshops, presented by Whitney Parnell of Service Never Sleeps.  The Allyship training will equip you with tools to be an active ally for racial justice through methods of centering people of color, influencing others, and continuing your own self-work journey.  You’ll leave this intensive fast-paced workshop feeling committed to the Allyship lifestyle, and prepared to facilitate change in your own work place.  The training will be offered five times – May 23, June 3, 4, 19 and 21 and the cost is $50.  Lunch will be provided and scholarships are available.  Please contact Brandi Yee at brandi.yee@actforalexandria.org for more information.  Register here. 

Allyship Workshops Sponsored By: 

     

 

Ask the Grantees – Learn from organizations making a commitment to equity.  Ask the Grantees will feature Executive Directors Shannon Steene from Carpenter’s Shelter and Elizabeth Jones from OAR (ACT 2018 Capacity Building grantees), who will share how they are building a racial equity culture in their organizations. We will have time for Q&A so be sure to bring your questions!  This event is open to anyone interested in learning more about how to build a racial equity lens into your work.  Tuesday, June 25 from 9-10:30am at Casa Chirilagua Community Center.  RSVP here:  https://actaskthegrantees2019.eventbrite.com

Design Lab Workshop – Interested in diving deeper into racial equity work with your nonprofit organization?  Help us design our Learning Lab (racial equity cohort) on Wednesday, June 26 from 9am-noon at Alexandria Renew, led by Whitney Parnell and ACT.  Sign up here:  https://actredesignlab.eventbrite.com.  Note: Participation in the Allyship workshop is not required.