Report on Advancing Equity in Organizations

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The D5 Coalition has a report (released a few months ago) that examines “Policies, Practices, and Programs for Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.” It’s based on interviews, reports, and assessments of various philanthropic foundations, and has a lot of helpful ideas to consider. I appreciate the importance that it places on changing policies, practices and procedures of an organization, and in establishing methods of accountability.

When discussing accountability, however, the report (helpfully) talks about collecting data and impact statements, but it doesn’t emphasize that accountability for equity must ultimately reside with marginalized communities. Who collects and evaluates the data and impact statements? A key question that has to be answered by any institution serious about equity/anti-oppression.

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