Vision and Guiding Principles

We envision a just and inclusive world where outcomes are no longer predicted by race or ethnicity and where governments, institutions, organizations and communities work together to ensure that the conditions for health, economic security and civic engagement are present for all people.

The following six principles guide our approach to racial equity:

  • Systems Analysis: Understanding history, the distribution of power and resources, and the policies, systems and practices that create and perpetuate inequities is key to addressing the web of interconnected issues that inhibit people and communities of color from reaching their fullest potential.
  • Social Justice: Because racial inequities are rooted in policies and systems that unjustly disadvantage black people and other people of color, solutions to these challenges must be grounded in a commitment to shifting power imbalances and advancing social justice.
  • Inclusion & Community Voice: An equity-oriented approach centers and actively seeks inclusion of people of color in the process of identifying challenges and shaping solutions that will affect their lives and communities.
  • Naming and Confronting Racism: Deliberate and focused attention on the various manifestations of racism—interpersonal, cultural, institutional and structural—is needed to transform the policies, systems and practices that produce unfair outcomes across race and ethnicity.
  • Intersectionality: Recognition of the ways that sexism, classism, homophobia, nativism, and other forms of discrimination and oppression intersect with race contributes to a fuller analysis of racial inequities and better targeted strategies to address them.
  • Sustained Commitment: A commitment to long-term, sustained investment in time, resources and people is required of governments, institutions and organizations that aspire to make equity real internally and throughout society.

Equity is not only a value and desired outcome, but a process of intentional action to:

  1. Eliminate systemic barriers that have produced historical and contemporary inequities based on race, gender, class, sexual orientation, geography and other forms of difference
  2. Target the distribution of resources and access to opportunity to members of groups that have experienced systemic and institutional discrimination and oppression
  3. Create new systems, policies, and practices that institutionalize equity and support sustainable, transformational change