Pratt Race Equity Committee from left to right: Brian Haddix, Julia Harrison, Len Lewicki, Lee Campbell, Kamla Kakaria Co-Chair, Shesira Said, Steve Galatro, Cirihn Malpocher, Preston Hampton Co-Chair
Racial Equity at Pratt Fine Arts Center
Pratt Staff and Board Retreat, March 2018
Racial Equity is a system that recognizes and celebrates our differences, where everyone has access to what they need to be successful.
Why is Pratt focusing on race?
We acknowledge that our culture is infused with many systems of oppression. We lead with race because when we look within other dimensions of identity - income, gender, sexuality, education, ability, age, citizenship and geography - we find racial inequities. By focusing on race and racism, we believe our efforts will lead to positive outcomes for all oppressed communities.
Pratt Racial Equity Statement - Summary
Pratt Fine Arts Center recognizes that institutional racism, through conscious and unconscious practices, creates vast disparities in access to publicly funded services, including arts education and support for artists. At Pratt, we are committed to racial equity as a core value and ongoing practice, allocating resources to the breakdown of systemic barriers and the development of equitable solutions organization-wide. Click here to read Pratt’s entire Race Equity Statement.
Pratt Fine Arts Center’s commitment acknowledges and embraces a responsibility to honor the legacy of its namesake, Edwin T. Pratt, whose life’s work addressed racial inequities in education, housing, employment and many other systems until his assassination in 1969. Furthermore, Pratt strives to be an active ally to its Central Area neighborhood, a historically redlined neighborhood, one to which the
Black community was segregated for many years.
Embracing undoing institutional racism is a core value within the organization as well as the community
Committing all staff, board of trustees, and other key volunteers to be provided basic race equity training
Funding the ongoing training and related activities necessary to achieve race equity.
Transforming How We Work
Provide an ongoing race equity training program for staff and key volunteers (not one and done)
Establish a race equity resource library for self-education and reflection
Incorporate a race equity lens into our daily operations
update policies and procedures for race equity
incorporate race equity and stakeholder analysis within major initiatives
incorporate race equity metrics within performance expectations
incorporate a race equity lens into our daily activities and interactions
collect and analyze racial demographics of the populations we hire, serve, and interact with
Address specific areas of known under-representation
develop and implement actions plans that target the removal or mitigation of specific racial barriers within our structure
ensure that hiring processes and staff management practices are inclusive and respectful of minority populations
actively reach out to minority populations for employment and volunteer candidates
review vendor practices for greater inclusion of minority business enterprises (MBEs)
Update educational programs and resources to be more inclusive of racial and cultural minority elements
Conduct an annual assessment and realignment of Race Equity efforts
Engaging the Community
Establish collaborations and partnerships with other non-profits working to undo institutional racism
Establish relationships and partnerships with under-represented populations as stakeholders in the neighborhood and community-at-large
Ensure communications are inclusive and respectful of minority populations
Openly share our successes and challenges to achieve race equity
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