Race Matters
Institute

We start from where you are and help you move that work forward in effective, measurable ways to advance racially equitable outcomes.


Services

The Race Matters Institute customizes all its work to meet each client’s specific needs. We use the latest data and analyses available and ground these in the contexts within which our clients work.

 

We co-design the work with our clients to ensure they achieve what their organizations need in a sequence that enables meaningful, measurable change to be realized and sustained.


Our services include:

We offer our Introduction to Racial Equity Training sessions in three formats: 1.5 days, 1-day, or half-day.

1.5-day Introduction to Racial Equity

  • Strongly recommended for clients who expect traction for advancing racial equity.
  • Covers RMI’s 5 Building Blocks: shared language, structural lens, 3 core tools.
  • Includes test-drive of the Racial Equity Impact Analysis tool (or another tool, if immediately more applicable).
  • Includes an application workshop to address client’s immediate work.
  • Packaged with two follow-up 90-min. virtual coaching sessions.

1-day Introduction to Racial Equity

  • For clients only able to devote one day for training (1.5 days is highly recommended).
  • Suitable for Boards of Directors before or after 1.5-day Staff training, with dedicated focus on organizational strategy and Board-specific functions.
  • Briefly covers RMI’s 5 Building Blocks: shared language, structural lens, 3 core tools.
  • Includes test-drive of the Racial Equity Impact Analysis tool (or another tool, if immediately more applicable).
  • Packaged with one follow-up 90-min. virtual coaching session.

Half-day Introduction to Racial Equity

  • Intended for conference sessions or other formats in order to generate broad interest.
  • Can be tailored for Boards of Directors, with focus on organizational strategy and Board-specific functions.
  • Brief overview of Building Blocks, but focuses specifically on shared language, structural lens, and test-drive of
  • Racial Equity Impact Analysis.
  • Can be offered as a “deep dive” on a particular Building Block, following the 1 or 1.5-day introductory training.

These offerings assume participant completion of introductory-level racial equity work.

The TA sessions can also be offered as half-day workshops or combined for full-day workshops on site. We are available to discuss any topics specific to your work beyond those listed above.

Our current menu of topics, usually offered virtually, includes:

  • TA: Becoming a Best in Class Race-Informed Organization
  • TA: Managing for Organizational Diversity, Inclusion & Equity for White Leaders
  • TA: Being in Partnership with Organizations & Communities of Color
  • TA: Building a Backmap to Identify the Drivers of an Operational Issue or Program Area
  • TA: Deeper Application of the Racial Equity Impact Analysis Tool
  • TA: Presenting Data with a Racial Equity Lens
  • TA: Workshopping Your Messaging/Communications Challenges
  • TA: Creating Your Organization’s Style Guide Using a Racial Equity Lens
  • Coaching: For Managers and Staff of Color Working in White-Led Organizations
  • Coaching: For Board Leadership

These webinars are suitable for participants who have completed introductory-level racial equity work and customizable according to each client’s specific needs and interests.

Customized “Backmap” Development

  • Specific application of the “What’s Race Got to Do With It?” tool to understand the drivers of a given client issue
  • Offered for organizations that have had 1.5 or 1 day introductory session
  • Includes research for and layout of a Draft Backmap for the client
  • Can be followed up with ½-day or 1-day session with a client and their stakeholders to review, fine-tune, and begin application for the purpose of collective impact

Customized Organizational Document Review

  • Generally done before an introductory session but can be provided post-training or stand-alone
  • Focuses on core organizational documents, such as strategic plan, written policies and protocols, data disaggregated by race, sample external communications
  • Produces an Assessment Memo identifying both organizational strengths and areas of opportunity for additional work

Taking Racial Equity to Scale (please inquire for details)

  • Intended for large organizations, community-wide coalitions and national networks

Contact Kamilah Pickett, Director, Race Matters Institute, [email protected]

Consultants

Annie McKay

Annie McKay

DEI Consultant

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Anthony Armstrong

Anthony Armstrong

Partner at Make Communities, LLC

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Audrey Jordan

Audrey Jordan

Jerry D. Campbell Professor and DEI Specialist at Claremont Lincoln University

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Kamilah A. Pickett

Director, Race Matters Institute

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Paula Dressel

Paula Dressel

VP at JustPartners, Inc.

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Taralyn Keese

Taralyn Keese

DEI Consultant and Faculty Mentor/Instructor at Simmons University

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From Our Partners

"“The (RMI) policy framework is so simple and yet so powerful. That central consideration – does this policy support equity – really increases accountability. We like to think we are doing the right thing and promoting what is best for all children, but this process really pushed us to examine more closely, more carefully.”"

Eileen Garcia, CEO Texans Care for Children

"“The (RMI) policy framework is so simple and yet so powerful. That central consideration – does this policy support equity – really increases accountability. We like to think we are doing the right thing and promoting what is best for all children, but this process really pushed us to examine more closely, more carefully.”"

Eileen Garcia, CEO Texans Care for Children