“Systems that are failing people of color, are actually failing all of us.” 

At one time or another in our journey, we may find ourselves hesitant to pursue change due to the fear of making mistakes. We invite you to view it as an opportunity to be brave. Let us all do what we can to create and inhabit the “brave space” described in this poem: 

Together we will create brave space 
Because there is no such thing as a “safe space” 
We exist in the real world 
We all carry scars and we have all caused wounds. 
In this space we seek to turn down the volume of the outside world, 
We call each other to more truth and love 
We have the right to start somewhere and continue to grow. 
We have the responsibility to examine what we think we know. 
This space will not be perfect. 
It will not always be what we wish it to be but 
It will be our brave space together, 
And we will work on it side by side. 

by Mickey Scott Bey Jones 


Doing the Work: 
Over the past 19 business days, we have learned how racial inequities permeate our communities on individual, institutional, and systemic levels. We are all impacted by the system of racism in our country and therefore all responsible for dismantling the structures that allow it to persist. Change is possible, and there are many tools and approaches we can employ as individuals and organizations to drive transformation. We encourage you to explore Racial Equity Tools, a comprehensive site of resources. You’ll find fundamentals, ideas for planning, implementation strategies, and evaluation resources. They are all designed to support efforts to achieve racial equity. 

The 4 Equity Tool asks:

  1. Have a variety of ethnic communities/people of color been informed, meaningfully involved and authentically represented in the process/decision?
  2. Is there a group that benefits more than another because of this process/decision?
  3. What could be one unintended consequence of this process/decision for ethnic communities/communities of color?
  4. What action will be implemented to advance equity in this process/decision-making?


Today’s Challenge: Do one or more of the following


Creating equitable outcomes requires that we change the way we think about members of our community, focusing on their aspirations rather than their challenges. In practice, this is called “asset-framing” and uses narratives to change the unconscious associations ingrained in our society. The opposite practice of deficit-framing—or defining people by their challenges—encourages continued stigmatization of groups or individuals.


How might your organization’s norms embody dominant culture approaches over other options that would be more inclusive and equitable? This worksheet breaks down the differences and suggests some useful pivot points.


To an episode (or several) from On Illuminating, a podcast series from Indiana University, with episode 8 specifically highlighting giving a voice to students from the perspective of a fourth-year student, Ky Freeman, studying law and public policy.

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