New Guide Promotes Racial Equity in Policy

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July 10, 2013

New Guide Promotes Racial Equity in Policy

Greenlining’s “Racial Equity Toolkit” Is Step-by-Step Thinking Tool for Policymakers in a Diverse America

Contact: Bruce Mirken, Greenlining Institute Media Relations Director,510-926-4022; 415-846-7758 (cell)

BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA As policymakers at all levels of government, business and the nonprofit world cope with the challenges and opportunities of an increasingly diverse America, The Greenlining Institute has created a new tool to assist those working to develop fair and equitable policies. Racial Equity Toolkit: Implementing Greenlining’s Racial Equity Framework, is a step-by-step thinking tool designed to help policymakers consider the needs of all communities.

“This toolkit stems directly from our experience in the real world advocating for policies that address the needs of communities of color and all of America’s diverse communities,” said co-author Carla Saporta, Greenlining’s health policy director. “It’s easy to talk about fairness and equity, but putting it into practice requires systematic thinking and a step-by-step approach to make sure you aren’t leaving anyone out. We’ve tried to put that process into a form that policymakers will find useful, not as a checklist but as a tool to stimulate creative thinking about how we look beyond our blind spots to meet the needs of a diverse and changing society.”

Greenlining Institute Executive Director Orson Aguilar said, “In 21st century America, one-size-fits-all policymaking simply doesn’t work anymore. Leaders in government, business and the nonprofit world know they can no longer just pay lip service to diversity and inclusion. We hope our toolkit will help shift how we think and do policy and enable leaders to put good ideas into practice.”

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THE GREENLINING INSTITUTE

A Multi-Ethnic Public Policy, Research and Advocacy Institute

www.greenlining.org

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