Conduct Research, Environmental Scans, Literature Searches, Curate Best Practices and Resource Lists and Manage Publication Development
Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity (PRE)
Managed PRE’s three Critical Issues Forum publications: Volume Three: Marking Progress: Movement Toward Racial Justice; Volume Four: Mobilizing Community Power to Address Structural Racism; and Volume Five: Moving Forward on Racial Justice Philanthropy.
W. K. Kellogg Foundation
Led a team, including Gwen Wright, Change Matters, Gita Gulati-Partee, OpenSource Leadership Strategies and Mike Wenger, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, to conduct research for the Kellogg Foundation, as part of their scanning and assessment process for their racial equity grantmaking (later launched as the America Healing Initiative). Co-wrote chapters for final report:
Served on the facilitation team for W. K. Kellogg Foundation’s national gathering in Chicago, Illinois of their external workgroup on racial equity.
Researched and wrote Lessons Learned: How Communities are Addressing Racial Inequities, partnered with the Aspen Institute Roundtable on Community Change and National League of Cities. In recent years, a body of knowledge has emerged about CCIs (comprehensive community initiatives) that use community-building strategies and principles, typically with a focus on poverty issues. Less is known about community change initiatives that focus explicitly on racial inequities using a more diverse set of strategies—identified as CCIRs. The research in this report marks the first attempt to document the growing trend of these initiatives.
Researched four communities’ work:
Seattle, WA; St. Cloud, MN; Long Island, NY; and Charlotte, NC on racial equity. These sites were selected from the original study because of their use of unique and/or sophisticated strategies; their explicit focus on addressing racial inequities; their ability to show outcomes; and their collective diversity in terms of region, institutional entity, community demographics and community size. The research is documented in Community Change Processes and Progress in Addressing Racial Inequities, partnered with the Aspen Institute Roundtable on Community Change.
Managed the development of racialequitytools.org (RET), launched in 2009. Co-led the re-launched (2013) site including curating over 1,700 resources and tools and creating new content (screens, tip-sheets).
Co-developed and researched issues and practices for www.evaluationtoolsforracialequity.org. This website has now been folded into the updated RET site.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Managed the project to conduct an extensive environmental scan of best practices in diversity from among academia and philanthropy, for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The purpose was to identify lessons that are transferable to RWJ as it seeks to attract individuals from non-traditional, diverse populations to Foundation programs. Team: Sally Leiderman, Center for Assessment Policy Development and Gita Gulati-Partee and Evangeline Weiss, OpenSource Leadership Strategies.
Impact Silver Spring
Led an external assessment of IMPACT Silver Spring’s six-year leadership development program, which involved engaging program alumni to collect and analyze the data. Data were collected through surveys, focus groups and story gathering. Sally Leiderman, Center for Assessment and Policy Development, collaborated on the project.
Partnered with Donna Bivens, Barbara Major and Sally Leiderman to write Flipping the Script: White Privilege and Community Building. Lead author on the following chapters: Hurricane Katrina: Spotlight on Racism and White Privilege; What is Racism?; What is White Privilege?; Multi-Racial Partnerships and Coalitions, Doing the Work: Unearthing our Own White Privilege; and Conclusion and Recommendations.
Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
Research the response of Clarksburg, WV, to a KKK rally. Wrote Steps Toward an Inclusive Community, which included designing the Inclusive Community Assessment tool.