Awake to Woke to Work: Building a Race Equity Culture
Kerrien Suarez, Executive Director, and Rebekah Gowler, Senior Director, Content and Stakeholder Engagement, Equity in the Center (EiC)
During the first session, Equity in the Center (EiC) provided training on the Race Equity Cycle framework for organizational transformation. The second session took a deeper dive into operationalizing equity and included breakout group discussions designed to support the definition of specific priorities and action steps to build a Race Equity Culture.
Appendix B: Glossary
Race Equity Cycle Pulse Check
How to Get Started Resources
Race to Lead: Revisited
Equity in the Center – Video Case Studies
Awake to Woke to Work (AWW) Resource List
Kerrien Suarez is the Executive Director of Equity in the Center (EiC). Her focus on diversity, inclusion and equity developed through work with Surge Institute, Camelback Ventures, EdFuel and National Black Child Development Institute, where she supported emerging and established leaders and social entrepreneurs of color. A management consultant with over 20 years of experience, Kerrien led engagements to refine programs and scale impact for national nonprofits, including The First Tee and AARP Experience Corps, while at Community Wealth Partners, where she also coached grantees of the Annie E. Casey, Wells Fargo and Robert Wood Johnson Foundations on issues ranging from organizational capacity and sustainability to place-based collective impact.
Rebekah Gowler is the Senior Director, Content and Stakeholder Engagement, at Equity in the Center. She has over eight years of experience leading racial justice and health equity initiatives in the public sector, and has an MSW and MPH from Boston University. Previously, Rebekah led the development of the Racial Justice and Health Equity Professional Development Series at the Boston Public Health Commission, a training program for all agency staff. In that role, she managed various staff teams and consultant relationships to develop a foundational two-day workshop for all BPHC staff, and served as one of the staff facilitators.
Based in Washington, D.C., Equity in the Center (EiC) works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems in the social sector to increase racial equity. EiC envisions a future where nonprofit and philanthropic organizations advance race equity internally while centering it in their work externally. EiC works with organizations across the country through convenings, working sessions, coaching, and partner trainings.