Tools and resources from Caminar Latino.
Transformational Collaborations: Considerations to Apply a Racial Equity Lens
There is a strong interest and movement towards collaboration in the victim services field. A critical analysis of collaboration efforts that involve culturally specific organizations, however, show they often amount to little more than a referral network, function independently, and centralize leadership and control. Traditional collaboration concepts fail to critically examine how power is conceptualized, activated, and institutionalized in the United States. This leads to a frequent and pervasive exclusion of culturally specific organizations that perpetuates inequities; even in projects intended to address them. The Transformational Collaborations: Considerations to Apply a Racial Equity Lens will help expose the subtle, yet insidious mechanisms that lead to the marginalization of people of color and culturally specific organizations, offer strategies to resist these mechanisms, and provide recommendations to transform collaborations into equitable partnerships.
Building a Culture of Trust
Workplace discussion on issues such as racism, ageism, and heteronormativity can be difficult even in circumstances where people have strong relationships and can assume goodwill. Too often, efforts to address culture, oppression and equity fail to recognize the absence of trust or fear of vulnerability that limit the ability to generate the learning and positive influence that can come from interactions where differences arise. Building a Culture of Trust provides guidance to help organizations build connections that can foster trust; engage in the development of strong teams; and promote communication and development opportunities between and among staff when embarking on or building up their equity efforts.
Strategies to Recruit, Hire, and Sustain Diversity in the Workplace
There is strong empirical confirmation that effectively recruiting, hiring, and retaining a diverse staff is positively correlated with increased organizational performance. Many studies and surveys show however, that recruiting, hiring, and retaining a diverse staff is a challenge that many organizations face. Strategies to Recruit, Hire, and Sustain Diversity in the Workplace responds to this by providing suggestions towards a more comprehensive recruitment strategy and an interview and selection process that addresses biases perpetuated through existing hiring practices. More importantly, Strategies to Recruit, Hire, and Sustain Diversity in the Workplace provides a primer to think about and redesign the existing structures that impede inclusion and equity in the workplace and to create the foundation needed to sustain diversity.