Giving Compass' Take:

• In this Medium post, Equity in the Center doles out some advice on hiring a consultant that can help companies build more racial equity within their organizations.

• What might the nonprofit sector take away from this post? Which private-public partnerships would be part of the solution?

• Before you take action, read up on the latest diversity, equity, and inclusion research of 2018.

Leaders find the process of hiring a race equity consultant to be fraught with challenges. So many organizations make critical missteps in the process that Fakequity wrote a blog about how not to screw it up. The increasing number of training and capacity building options available, the complexity of assessing organizational readiness, the question of when and with whom to begin the work: Individually and collectively, these issues can lead to months (sometimes years) of delays. This leads to a type of “analysis paralysis” that practitioners recognize as a means of tactically avoiding beginning the work itself ...

Building on themes from the “What Would an Equity Consultant Do?” panel at the 2018 Equity in the Center Summit, the following is a list of tools and resources that address these questions.

  1. Budget wisely.
  2. Allocate enough funding to cover a consultant’s support for at least a year, and include it in the organizational budget.
  3. Do your homework on the equity project types and processes consultants support.
  4. Be realistic about what you can accomplish within your budget and timeline.
  5. Do your homework on the consultant and understand their values.

Read the full article about hiring an equity consultant by Kerrien Suarez from Equity in the Center at