How Dallas' Young Leaders Used Racial Equity Training to Create a ‘ripple Effect' in Their Companies

It starts small. Maybe with more equitable hiring or bringing more diverse voices into important meetings. But those baby steps, say organizers of a new leadership development program in racial equity, will create ripple effects in the long arc toward a more just city. REAL City — short for racial, equity, action, leadership — was born out of the many conversations immediately following the July 7, 2016, ambush of Dallas police officers. The program included a racially diverse group of about 85 young leaders from Dallas-area nonprofits, faith-based organizations, corporations, banks, law firms and more. The United Way funded the fellowship with a $65,000 donation. Social Venture Partners served as the fiscal sponsor and provided the 501c3 organization for REAL City.Through four in-depth sessions, the REAL City fellows didn't just learn about racial equity in the abstract, but took steps to evaluate how their own organizations could become more equitable. For REAL City organizers, that goes beyond issues of policing. "This isn't just July 7," said Mercedes Fulbright, a member of the REAL City planning committee. "We didn't want it to be issue-based."   Continue reading...

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