The Civic Edge Consulting (Civic Edge) team started our intentional work on racial equity issues in 2018. We have done a lot of work over the nearly five years we have committed to centering racial equity as a company. Our team has also evolved and changed as a result of the aspirational work directed by our Racial Equity Framework. What follows is an overview of our commitment to racial equity, as well as some of our major milestones in this effort.
In 2018, Civic Edge hired Liberation Consulting, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) consultants, to begin working with and coaching our team. Recognizing the need to focus on racial equity specifically, the Civic Edge team spent the next three years planning for the inclusive and collaborative development of a Racial Equity Framework (REF) for the company.
The development of our REF, which was completed in spring 2022, included ongoing learning about racial diversity, equity, and inclusion through over a dozen all-staff workshops facilitated by Hideko Akashi. The work to create the REF was spearheaded by a “Working Group” to plan out the effort, followed by a “Drafting Group” to write the document - each team composed of staff members representing all levels of company leadership and facilitated by Hideko. Civic Edge’s Racial Equity Framework is over 100 pages with all appendices and includes:
With our racial equity aspirations in hand, the Civic Edge team turned to implementation in fall 2022, convening an “Implementation Team” to prioritize our nearly 100 racial equity aspirations and begin better aligning the company’s work. Our progress to date include:
Our work to develop, draft, and implement a Racial Equity Framework reflects Civic Edge’s sustained financial commitment to staff learning and providing support on centering racial equity within the company and through work with clients. Since 2018, Civic Edge has spent hundreds of staff hours as part of its commitment to this important racial equity work.
For Civic Edge, creating the Racial Equity Framework and working towards tangible change has been transformational for the company and our team. We acknowledge that the process is just the beginning of centering racial equity as an organization, and have made an active commitment to strive to advance equity and diversity in all that the company does.
You can read an abridged version of the Civic Edge Consulting Racial Equity Framework here.
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