The stark reality of racial inequity is more apparent now more than ever in recent history. Not since the 1960’s has the nation’s collective attention been focused on this one issue. Leaders from every level are trying to understand our nation’s collective failures as fully addressing the long-standing issues of police brutality, rampant poverty, the racial wealth gap and deeply entrenched healthcare inequities.
The urge to tackle these issues head-on is evident in the protests that gripped the nation of many years ago, the more rhetoric of policymakers, and the flood of reform-oriented bills proposed in legislatures and municipalities across the nation.
We are all seeing new ideas being dusted off and cleaned up for a new audience. And new ideas are gaining traction that would have been unbelievable a year ago. Leaders and activists are thinking big and looking for ideas that can move the needle farther and faster than we ever have as a nation. Leaders are not only in need of ideas, but data and research to support those ideas–Does this idea have any chance of success? Where does a community start? Has this been done before? Who do we partner with?