Diversity and Inclusion Work Continues at NCCD
Structural and institutional racism
are present in many of our country’s systems, including the human services and justice systems—NCCD’s major focus areas. The disproportionate numbers of people of color whose lives are adversely affected by these systems makes these problems obvious.
Because of the pervasive effects of structural and institutional racism, NCCD’s work is “not race optional,” notes CEO Kathy Park. “To fully engage with the systems we work in, and to help them serve children, young people, and families, we must move beyond our values and intentions for racial equity within our organization into action.”
And we are
taking action. Last year, NCCD began
an internal initiative to improve diversity, inclusion, and equity. Thanks to the generous support of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, in June we partnered with Race Forward
, a nationally acclaimed organization that works on a range of racial justice issues, and with the YWCA Madison
’s Racial Justice program.
In June, managers and supervisors from across NCCD received training from Race Forward. A group of staff also attended a working session with the YWCA Madison to focus on bringing a racial equity lens to NCCD’s human resources practices and policies.
These steps are just the beginning of our actions, but they are critical to ensuring that NCCD’s working environment is equitable, multicultural, and inclusive—something all participants agreed will benefit the organization and its work to improve systems.