Commit to Create a More Just and Equitable World

danoskypic 16By Sharon Danosky

As I was preparing this newsletter – I really wanted to say something about what has transpired in the past 10 days and the racial unrest that has been pouring onto our streets.  But what could I say or offer to the conversation?  And what understanding do I really have of the issue?

I am a white women of privilege.  Not the “born with the silver spoon” type – but someone who could assume all the advantages of being raised white.  I assumed I would go to college, be judged equally when applying for a job, have opportunities to be promoted.  I assume I will be seen and heard when I walk into a room.  I assume I will be safe in most situations. I assume I will be treated respectfully in all situations.  And most of all – I erroneously assume that everyone is treated as I am.

I recently watched a 58-second video where Jane Elliott, an American schoolteacher, anti-racism activist and educator, made a simple request:  “I’d like to ask every white person in this room who would be happy to be treated the same way as this society treats our black citizens to please stand up.”  No one stood.  We all know there are racial inequities.  And yet we live everyday as if we are wearing blinders.

I would like to share with you a newsletter from an organization I have been privileged to work with in the past and the commitment they have made to help build a better future.  [CLICK HERE]

 

I, too, commit to walk without blinders and to do everything I can to help create a more just and equitable world.

Introspection: The Path to Inclusion. An Interview with Laura McCargar, President of The Perrin Family Foundation

Laura McCargar HeadshotAccording to Laura McCargar, true diversity, equity and inclusion can result only when an organization is willing to take part in an organizational introspection. This can be daunting and sometimes painful as there may be some hard truths to learn. But if an organization has the institutional courage and wherewithal to see something like this through, it will be profoundly more effective inside and out as it forges a deep connection to those it serves.

It’s no secret that nonprofits, overall, have struggled with diversity, both on staff and on boards. In what other ways have you seen nonprofits falling short on diversity?

One of the ways that nonprofits – and I include the philanthropic sector as part of the broader nonprofit sphere – have fallen short is by limiting their line of sight to solely the question of diversity.  If you’re focused only on diversity then you’re actually missing the full scope of what’s needed to build organizations that are truly inclusive, and truly equitable, in their desire and capacity to really share power with the communities that they are serving and anchored in – and accountable to. [Read more…]