As part of our ongoing efforts to develop an equity lens for our work, Interact associates recently delved into equity, diversity and inclusion during a workshop presented by CommonHealth ACTION. The nonprofit based in Washington, D.C., works to achieve perspective transformation, which is “learning something that changes the way you see the world and then taking action based on that information to create change.”
Over two days, we were immersed in discussions and activities that challenged us to think differently. Laws going back centuries were examined one by one. This laid bare how society used those laws to maintain power for one group at the expense of others. We considered “the -isms” – racism, sexism, ageism, classism and others – then assessed how they can work together to oppress us or afford us privilege. And the training reinforced that equality does not equal equity. Some people need more help than others to have a fair chance to reach their full potential.
Here are some more impressions from Interact associates about the training:
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