2020 Race, Equity, & Inclusion Overview
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In June 2020, then Board Chair Lucas Frerichs and Vice-Chair Ricky Samayoa announced the creation of a working group on race, equity, and inclusion. The work in 2020 was a starting point grounded in issue exploration and direction setting.
The primary outcomes in 2020 were a third-party equity audit by the McKensie Mack Group and the development of a Framework for Advancing Racial Equity.
The McKensie Mack Group is a consultancy that centers the principles of racial justice, LGBTQIA+ rights, transformative accountability, and gender equity in all they do. Over the course of three months, they interviewed board members, staff, and stakeholders, reviewed documents, plans, policies, and communications to create the audit.
The audit was the first step to develop a strategic plan to help the agency address racism, racial justice, and racial inequities, facilitate staff and board education, and build capacity among staff.