Ongoing Commitment to Racial Equity

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July 10, 2024


Ongoing Commitment to Racial Equity

By: Kadra Abdi, Director of Policy & Field Building 

As we continue our journey towards advancing racial equity at MCCD and within the field, we reflect on the progress we’ve made and the path ahead. Last year, our training was on equitable leadership, laying a foundation for our understanding and commitment. This year, we’re building on that foundation, focusing on operationalizing equity and embedding our learnings into our daily work with our clients and members.

Operationalizing equity means integrating equity into every aspect of our organization, from decision-making processes to program development and implementation. It requires us to think critically about our policies, practices, and procedures to ensure they promote fairness and inclusivity for all.

One key aspect of this year’s focus is embedding equity into our work culture. This involves fostering a culture of inclusivity, where every voice is valued and heard. It means actively seeking diverse perspectives and experiences and incorporating them into our decision-making processes.

Another crucial element is embedding equity into our lending policies, programs, and practices. This requires us to assess how our programs impact different racial and ethnic groups and ensure they are equitable. It means designing programs that address the unique needs and challenges faced by historically excluded and low-wealth communities.

To support this effort, we provide ongoing training and resources for our staff, including workshops, convenings, and other learning opportunities to deepen our understanding of racial equity and its application in our work. We also partner with external organizations and experts to enhance our capacity and amplify our impact on advancing racial and economic justice.

As we embark on this next phase of our journey, we are excited about the possibilities ahead. We know that achieving racial equity requires ongoing effort and a willingness to challenge ourselves, our assumptions, and disrupt racist systems and policies. But we are confident that by working together, we can create a more just and equitable community development field.

Stay tuned for updates on our progress and ways you can get involved in our racial equity work.