Action Plan

The resources and tools in this section are intended to help groups create an action plan to reach racial equity goals, and to do so using more racially equitable processes – that is, ones that acknowledge systemic and individual privilege, racism and power. This section focuses on how to decide which strategies to use, and provides examples of organizational and community action plans, how to make the case, as well as creating alliances, partnerships and coalitions to reach a racial equity vision. In addition, this section will be most helpful to groups who have an understanding of privilege, structural and other levels of racism and how they are related to their vision and might affect their work (See Fundamentals).

An effective plan to create racial equity balances several needs. It includes the group’s best understanding of all of the steps to achieve its vision - those that are necessary and sufficient. When possible, strategies should be based on experience and research. At the same time, an effective plan to address racial equity allows considerable flexibility for innovation and trial and error. This is because most societies have never achieved racial equity on most issues of concern (for example, safety, opportunity, life expectancy, economic security) so the plan to get there remains unproven. A great plan will also include benchmarks that provide guidance and incentives to implement the plan at high quality (See Evaluation section).

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