We believe that people are the greatest unit of change. When people embrace shared values, they maintain systems that amplify those values.
We believe that everyone has an obligation to make personally relevant change. When our leaders change, they also accelerate structural change for the organizations they lead.
At Beloved Community, we believe that the default systems in our country are designed to segregate. When we question and challenge the default, we can dismantle it and build equitable systems in its place.
Refers to population demographics. Diversity demographics are most important when they include historically marginalized communities. Diversity represents the aggregate population in a defined community, but does not assure equitable distribution or representation for the marginalized populations within that community.
To what extent does our population reflect our regional demographics?
Refers to equal participation across demographics. The extent to which the perspectives and expectations of diverse populations are represented in power structures and leveraged for decision-making, particularly when decisions impact historically marginalized populations.
To what extent do our diverse populations feel comfortable, respected, and powerful within our organization?
Requires diversity and inclusion. Within an organization, equity is the lack of discrimination or bias in assigning positive or negative consequences. Equity organizes for the full participation of every demographic in the range of services offered.
To what extent are any demographics disproportionately represented in our programs? To what extent are the outcomes from our program predictable by participants’ demographics?
While Brown vs. Board of Education (1954) made it unlawful to segregate students based on race,
90% of students still attend segregated schools.
This is not a mistake, but rather by design. We believe that we can design a new system. This means advocating for more integration not just in schools, but working with cities, counties and states to prioritize integration as a strategy that can make their cities stronger.
We align regional goals for economic equity and identify opportunities for sustainable and equitable neighborhoods. We are attentive to the contributions that equitable, diverse schools and communities make for the entire region.
Equity as economic development
- Conduct Cross-Benefit Analyses and return on investment studies to demonstrate how diverse schools & communities contribute to economic equity and growth
Define equity as a workforce skill
Align corporate equity engagement to K-12 education
Design strategy & facilitate community engagement for equity in public + private sectors
Policy Advocacy for Diverse Schools, Diverse Housing
- Research & data analysis on longitudinal impacts of diverse schools/housing
Advocate for local & regional policies that incentivize socio-economically diverse schools and housing
Capacity-building for workforce of the future
- Design strategic & implementation plans for equity-driven culture in schools and housing: self-study tool, implicit bias study, internal operations audit, existing workforce training, & community engagement.
In short, we help our region realize the benefits that equity has in building community, workforce, and neighborhoods. Beloved Community builds inclusive voice in local leadership so that the commitment to the regional solutions remains long after any charismatic leader, local legislation or funding stream has gone.