Below are some core RMI resources around our five Building Blocks for advancing racial equity in your department, organization, community, or network. 


Building Block #1Shared Language

Without a shared language, we cannot assume that we are referring to the same issues when we use the same terms.  It is the platform on which racial equity work stands. Too often work around racial equity gets detoured because we are using the same terms with one another but meaning different things. The results can be confusion and misunderstanding – which, at its worst, erodes results and trust.

Building Block #2Structural Lens

Too often work focuses on individual-level change without understanding the policies, practices, and conditions that produce individual outcomes. Change for individuals is important, but it will not be able to go to scale without addressing the structural factors that produce individual-level outcomes.

The factors that produce any given inequity or disparity are complex, interactive, and reinforcing of one another.  This is how structural racism operates. The Race Matters tool “What’s Race Got to Do With It?” helps users sort through the drivers of any given inequity by creating a “backmap” that visualizes these and their interactions.

Building Block #3Disaggregated Data

Most of our clients find it necessary to pursue a “data agenda” in order to do their work to advance racial equity most effectively. We emphasize the need for “disaggregated data that advances an understanding of how different groups are differently situated.”

Building Block #4Racial Equity Impact Analysis

The Racial Equity Impact Analysis helps you both raise the overall bar and close the racial gaps that exist on any given indicator by devising or revising approaches so that they speak specifically to how different groups experience an issue.

Building Block #5Effective Communication

Essential to the work of advancing racial equity is effective communication around race, racism, and the benefits accruing to all as a result of racially equitable work.

More RMI resources will soon be available on the JustPartners, Inc. website. Stay tuned for the updated link!



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