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Ensuring Racial & Ethnic Equity

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Ensuring Racial & Ethnic Equity

Casey supports research, promotes understanding, and shares data around issues of disparity that continue to result in opportunity and achievement gaps in low-income communities of color and ethnic diversity.
The Race Matters Toolkit is designed to help decision-makers, advocates, and elected officials get better results in their work by providing equitable opportunities for people of all races and ethnicities. Download Toolkit >>

The over-representation of people of color and ethnic minorities among disadvantaged children and families is largely an outgrowth of historical and current patterns of discrimination, segregation, and racism. These patterns have fostered disparities in income, wealth, housing, education, and health. These disparities have made it more difficult for people of color to gain a foothold in mainstream society. The effect of race and ethnicity on the status of disadvantaged children and families has led us to think deliberatively about the circumstances and aspirations of people of color and their implications for how we fulfill our mission.

The work of the Foundation in this area cuts across all of our major initiatives and investment areas, such as our Making Connections, Center for Family Economic Success, and KIDS COUNT initiatives, and can be organized into several broad strategies:

  • Ending Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Systems: Reforming institutional structures that limit access to opportunities for racial/ethnic groups and disadvantaged families, and developing data-based strategies and resources around these issues.
  • Promoting Diversity: Ensuring that practice reflects the diversity of the community and is grounded in respect for local cultures, experiences, and aspirations.
  • Developing Cultural Competence and Community Assets: Building on the considerable culturally grounded strengths of diverse families and communities.
  • Examining Disinvestment and Gentrification: Revealing long-standing patterns and practices of discrimination, neglect, and missed opportunities that result in communities losing power, strength, and vitality.
  • Providing Training and Technical Assistance: Connecting communities and people to culturally relevant information, tools, and skill-building opportunities to make change happen.
  • Seeking to Create and Maintain a Diverse Staff at all Levels: We realize that a rich diversity of racial backgrounds, ethnicity, gender, age, and points of view contributes to the creativity of the Foundation’s thinking and to its effectiveness with the communities, clients, and leaders with whom we work. Learn about  our workforce composition.

See all resources on racial and ethnic equity in the Casey Foundation's Knowledge Center.


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