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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.
  
 
NCCD Announces Judges for Distinguished Achievement Award
Each year, as part of its Media for a Just Society Awards, NCCD recognizes one outstanding achievement in film, journalism, or books that brings the systems we work with into the spotlight. The 2017 Distinguished Achievement Award went to Shane Bauer, author of “My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard,” which was published by Mother Jones.  

The Distinguished Achievement Award winner is chosen by a panel of guest judges. This year, all three judges are connected to Milwaukee 53206, a 2017 Media for a Just Society Award winner in the film category. The panel includes Keith McQuirter, the film’s director; Beverly Walker, who is featured in Milwaukee 53206 and advocates for prison sentencing reform, solitary confinement elimination, and old-law parole issues; and Melissa C. Potter, head of social impact and communications for Odyssey Impact/Transform Films, which produced the documentary. NCCD is grateful for their willingness to choose this year’s Distinguished Achievement Award winner; we look forward to announcing the winner later this year. 


 
What NCCD Is Reading This Summer
Staff at NCCD are discovering a wealth of compelling media as they sift through submissions and nominations for the annual Media for a Just Society Awards. As we gear up for this year’s judging—and summer reading season is at its peak—we recommend the following books, which offer readers a deeper understanding of the issues on which NCCD focuses.
 

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