People

We believe that people are the greatest unit of change.  When people embrace shared values, they maintain systems that amplify those values.

Change

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. 

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Systems 

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.


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Diversity

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.

ASK YOURSELF

To what extent does our population reflect our regional demographics?

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Inclusion

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.

ASK YOURSELF

To what extent do our diverse populations feel comfortable, respected, and powerful within our organization?

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Equity

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.

ASK YOURSELF

To what extent are any demographics disproportionately represented in our programs?  To what extent are the outcomes from our program predictable by participants’ demographics?


Strategy

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.

 
 
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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.


 

 

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Increasing diversity has the power to pay off for everyone. From corporate boards to the scientific world, there are increasing indications that diversity isn’t just a feel-good nicety — it’s a clear path to better outcomes in school and in life.
— John King, US Secretary of Education, 2016