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Thanks to the dedication of our staff, the commitment of our Board of Governors, and your continued support, 2022 was another pivotal and impactful year. The Joint Center conducted critical research, provided in-depth analysis, shared policy recommendations, and convened with lawmakers, policy experts, and other stakeholders to advance Black Americans' political and economic needs. Our clear and intentional focus on the needs and concerns of Black Americans centers Black communities in policy debates, furthering our mission of creating more equitable and just economic and political outcomes for African Americans across the country. We have made great strides in each of our major program areas — Tech Policy, Workforce Policy, Economic Policy, Hill Diversity, and the Black Talent Initiative — which we are excited to share with you in this 2022 impact report.
RACE COUNTS is a groundbreaking initiative that shines a spotlight on the harsh realities faced by communities of color in California, across critical areas such as housing, education, economic opportunities, and incarceration. The 2023 annual report unveils the data, the challenges, and most importantly, the opportunities for change. In addition, the report also uplifts stories of organizations working on the ground to advance racial equity and offers policy recommendations for reducing racial disparities.The data reveals that not all counties are created equal. Mono County tops the list as the most racially disparate county in California, with Plumas County closely following. Surprisingly, Marin County, which used to be second, now ranks third in disparities. The Northern/Sierra region counties grapple with worse outcomes and higher disparities compared to other counties. In the Bay Area, despite its prosperity, communities of color do not share in this success. On the bright side, San Diego and Orange County are among the five counties with the lowest disparities, while Placer and El Dorado in the Sacramento area rank among the highest in outcomes. The San Joaquin Valley stands out as the only region where all counties within the region have lower-than-average overall outcomes. In Los Angeles, the largest county in California, disparities exist but are not as pronounced, with notable exceptions like chronic absenteeism rates for Black students.
Colors of the Heart is directly influenced by Dr. Jennifer Keitt's dissertation research. She found that there is not enough research delving into the emotional development and life experiences of teen girls of color. This leaves us wondering if they all experience emotions in the same way, express them similarly, or even use the same language to talk about their feelings.That's where this phenomenological study comes in. We wanted to dig deep and understand how teenage girls from diverse cultural backgrounds navigate their emotional worlds. We explored five critical factors: gender, culture, how their parents teach them about emotions, their ability to regulate emotions, and how they differentiate between different feelings.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation has found large and widening gaps in youth detention by race and place in its three-year analysis of the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on juvenile justice systems. When it comes to the odds of being detained, young people in the United States live in different worlds, depending on their race and the region and jurisdiction where they reside. The disproportionate use of detention for Black youth — already distressingly high before the pandemic — has increased. Also, over that three-year period, where youth lived mattered to a greater extent to their odds of being detained than it did before.
Youth Rise Texas works to end the systems that criminalize people of color and those who are undocumented. We do this by engaging in transformative organizing and addressing youth as whole people through our six programs. We have developed an organizing methodology, strategy and infrastructure to create a youth-centered agenda that prepares us for the next 10 years of transformative change in Texas.
A Culturally Responsive School Leadership Approach to Developing Equity-Centered Principals: Considerations for Principal PipelinesJuly 12, 2023
Principals are important. A recent synthesis of two decades of research on school leadership has documented that effective principals can have a positive impact on school climate, teacher satisfaction and retention, and student academic and other outcomes such as attendance and disciplinary behaviors (Grissom, Egalite, & Lindsay, 2021). Earlier research found that adopting a particular district-wide approach to principal development—known as building "a comprehensive, aligned principal pipeline"—was a powerful way to recruit and support a large corps of effective school leaders (Gates et al., 2019). The research about this approach, however, stopped short of fully addressing one of the most pressing issues in American education: educational equity, where all students learn and flourish in a welcoming, caring, and inclusive environment. Equity requires a commitment to fair and just treatment of each student, a willingness to address structural barriers to their success, and the delivery of resources aimed at providing equitable outcomes.
The first study of its kind, Shifting Power Dynamics: Equity, diversity and inclusion in the nonprofit sector, explores what Canadian charities and nonprofits are doing to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) within their organizations. The study provides key insights into our sector's commitment to EDI through an exploration of the following topics:how organizations are integrating EDI into their workthe role of equity working groups in advancing EDIthe factors that enable and hinder organizations as they seek to apply EDI principlesthe role of governance and operational leadership in advancing EDI In addition to research highlights, this post includes recommendations for organizations to improve their EDI practices. We firmly believe that all organizations, regardless of their mission, have a responsibility to advance equity and address systemic discrimination and racism. Funders have a unique role to play so we include specific recommendations for them.
Democracy will not be denied. The movement to advance civil and human rights and to create equity and racial justice for our communities is a marathon, not a sprint. Often in the heat of the race, we can forget to celebrate our milestones, no matter how big or small they may be on the scales of justice.It is with this mindset that Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC invites you to read this annual report – focusing on the progress and accomplishments we have been able to achieve this year.
Race, Elite College Admissions, and the Courts: The Pursuit of Racial Equality in Education Retreats to K–12 SchoolsJune 12, 2023
If the Supreme Court bans race-conscious affirmative action, as expected, selective higher education institutions almost certainly will become less diverse, reducing the rates of degree attainment among students from historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups. This report explores the legal history of racial equity in education, evaluates alternatives to using race/ethnicity in college admissions, and considers changes to the K–12 education system that would improve educational opportunity. In the long term, the only way to ensure diversity at selective higher education institutions is to confront the segregation and inequity in K–12 education and society at large.
Building Trust and Visibility Through Community-Based Participatory Research at Rural Minority-Serving InstitutionsMay 31, 2023
Universities and colleges are producers of knowledge and play an important role in shaping culture, policy, political agendas, and in many ways, the flow of resources to communities. To increase the potential for those living in rural communities, as well as the vibrancy of these communities, researchers can and should center rural voices, ground the production of knowledge in these voices, and address power imbalances in research and practice. Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) play a crucial role in this strategy for empowering rural communities. In our latest research brief, the authors explore how rural MSIs and approaches to community based participatory research can be used to better understand MSIs' nature and practices.
Asian, Hispanic, and Black Americans are more likely to view climate change as a threat than Americans as a whole, data show.In the United States, definitions of national security threats are shifting, highly politicized, and closely tied to identity. At the same time, the US is more racially diverse than at any time in its past. To better understand how this diversity feeds into threat perception, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the New America Foundation have partnered to conduct novel research on the views of white, Black, Asian, Hispanic, and Native Americans as part of the 2022 Chicago Council Survey.
Toward Power-Shifting Solidarity with Black-Led Change: The State of Philanthropic Investments & Transformative Invitations to Advance Racial Justice in Minnesota & BeyondMay 25, 2023
Leaders of the Black Collective Foundation MN, the state's first Black community foundation, are working to ensure that Black-led organizations and communities are adequately recognized and resourced. In the spring of 2022, the Collective and the Center for Evaluation Innovation formed a partnership to consider how to build power-shifting solidarity with Black people and communities across Minnesota.Doing this required better understanding what foundation staff believe is possible, what will motivate courageous action, and how to support those who have made commitments to stay the course.This report, and the research that informs it, considers the question: What will it take for institutional philanthropy in MN and beyond to move at the speed of courage and invest wholly in Black lives?
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