Setting the tone for staff and Board REI Committees
"2020 shined a spotlight on complex systemic problems that have existed for generations," says Board Member Michael B. Jackson during a conversation with Accounting Manager Jeremy Givens and Senior Director of Equity & Engagement Eddie Martin, Jr. Together, they discuss their new roles as our respective Staff and Board REI Committee Chairs - and perspectives as Black men in leadership.
Structured opportunities for introspection at Management Team Meetings
As of February 2021, directors and executives are meeting once a month for self-examination and discussion on REI topics.
Each meeting brings a new exercise in critical thinking. And each intervening week they are given a related question to consider. For example: What is one interpersonally racist act that you have committed or endured over the last five years, and how are you preparing a child/the children in your lives to not perpetuate and to deal with such prejudice?
The new REI Program Manager II position will advance work to build an inclusive and equitable community across all facets of the agency – from how we approach our work to our institutional policies and practices to our cultural norms. This position will support agency leaders and committees to plan, implement, evaluate and report on our work to promote racial equity and inclusion across our programs and operations.