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“Equity in the Center” Webinar

September 12, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am PDT


This webinar will be built on research in our “Awake to Woke to Work: Building a Race Equity Culture” publication, which includes key learnings on how to operationalize equity, and build a Race Equity Culture within organizations.  Webinar participants will learn about the Race Equity Cycle framework, as well as the management levers organizations utilize to measurably shift organizational culture toward race equity.

Equity in the Center’s research is designed to support leaders as they build and expand their organization’s capacity to advance race equity. During the webinar, we will outline the need for building a Race Equity Culture in social sector organizations, and introduce resources and strategies to help participants move from commitment to action.

The Race Equity Cycle identifies the three stages and common entry points of building a Race Equity Culture; helps organizations find themselves in this work; and names the levers that create momentum in building a Race Equity Culture. Our research also illustrate how those levers can work by outlining practices from peer organizations and suggesting actions participants can take to get started.


  • Participants will be introduced to research and resources Equity in the Center provides to support leaders and organizations in advancing race equity.
  • Participants will understand key research findings from the “Awake to Woke to Work: Building a Race Equity Culture” publication, and how to apply the Race Equity Cycle framework in their own work.
  • Participants will learn about management and operational levers that can shift organizational culture toward race equity.


Andrew Plumley, Senior Program Manager, Equity in the Center

Andrew Plumley is first and foremost an equity and inclusion leader with expertise enhancing access and outcomes for underrepresented groups. He has experience in sustainability,strategy, and diversity, equity, and inclusion consulting in both the social and private sectors. He started his career in education, where he advised higher education institutions on diversity and inclusion strategy, as well as provided access and success programming for Pell eligible students of color. He currently serves as a Young Black and Giving Back Institute board member, an ATMTC diversity, equity, and inclusion task force member, as well as served as a city council appointed Police Commissioner in the state of Vermont. Andrew has a BA from Middlebury College, and received an MBA with a focus in social and environmental sustainability from the University of Vermont’s Grossman School of Business.


Kerrien Suárez, Director, Equity in the Center

Kerrien brings over 18 years of experience in management consulting and nonprofit management, and is an alum of Harvard College and the London School of Economics. She has held a broad range of roles, including Senior Consultant at Community Wealth Partners, where she led consulting engagements for national social sector organizations, and Senior Vice President at Communities In Schools of the Nation’s Capital, where she led the affiliate to secure national accreditation for its community-based wrap-around student support model. Her experience includes supporting collective impact initiatives (National Campaign for Grade Level Reading, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Aligning Forces for Quality and Wells Fargo Regional Foundation Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative) and programs that develop leaders of color (including Camelback Ventures and Surge Institute). Kerrien considers the work of Equity in the Center to be the fulfillment of the social justice mission of her career: initiating and facilitating the hard work and conversations that drive individual, organizational and systems-level equity and inclusion practices in the social sector.


September 12, 2018
10:00 am - 11:00 am