Webinar Series: Racial Equity Tools by Race Matters Institute

Host Organization: Funders Together to End Homelessness


This four-part webinar series, led by Race Matters Institute, will cover a range of tools for understanding the history of racial inequity in homelessness, conducting a racial equity impact analysis, and developing strategies to advance racial equity in your organization.

Participants will move through the webinar series together and will complete pre-work before each webinar. If you might be interested in participating in Foundations for Racial Equity, our two-year community of practice on racial equity and homelessness, this webinar series will give you a taste of the type of learning the community will more deeply explore.

There is a participation fee for this webinar series:

$120 for Funders Together Full Members
$160 for Funder Together Basic Members and Non-Members
By signing up for this series, participants are committing to participating in the entire series.

The webinar series will take place on and cover the following:

Race Matters: Unpack Key Concepts to Advance Racial Equity
November 1, 2018 | 1:00-2:30 pm EST

This webinar will unpack the concepts that are most critical to advance racial equity within organizations. Participants of the 90-minute webinar will explore the distinctions between diversity, inclusion and equity; the different forms of racism; and how race, place and class influence desired community outcomes. These definitions and distinctions are essential for productive organizational engagement around issues of race and equity.

The Backstory Matters: Build a Backmap for an Operational Issue or Program Area
December 10, 2018 | 1:00-2:30 pm EST

This tool from the Race Matters Tool helps users identify and analyze the drivers of any given racial inequity by creating a visual “backmap”. Participants are encouraged to connect the drivers identified by the tool’s application to their existing partner networks and grantmaking strategies. This 90-minute session will also include ideas and concrete solutions for participants to go deeper within their own work and explore where their organization can do more intentional race equity work.

Decision-making Matters: A Deeper Application of the Racial Equity Impact Analysis Tool
January 24, 2019 | 1:00-2:30 pm EST

This tool from the Race Matters Toolkit consists of five questions that can be asked regarding any policy, practice, protocol, strategy, or decision, either existing or proposed. The intent of the tool is to test ideas to determine if there is a disparate impact by race. In this 90-minute session, participants dig deeper into the functionality of the tool and experience its capability to generate new solutions. The tool can be used immediately, with tasks residing on your desk no matter what kind of work you do.

Get Your House in Order: Strategies to Advance Racial Equity Inside Your Organization
February 28, 2019 | 1:00-2:30 pm EST

This webinar will dig deeper into organizational practices that advance racial equity inside organizations. Participants in the 90-minute session are encouraged to analyze the internal structures and processes within their respective organizations. Whether you work in an organization that is white-led, in an organization led by people of color, or in community across racial groups, there are many nuanced leadership issues that can emerge depending one’s localized racial and political context.

Please note: This webinar is only open to members of Funders Together, private funders, United Ways, and philanthropy-serving organizations.

If you have questions about participating in the webinar series, please contact Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs.

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