Moving Toward Racial Equity: A Conversation with Glenn Harris
Glenn Harris, president of the leading racial justice nonprofit organization Race Forward, led Community Foundation donors and other community leaders in Kansas City in an interactive session on racial equity last month. With over 25 years of experience working to build a more just and democratic society, Glenn discussed the reality of race and its historical, cultural and institutional impact.
Giving the audience a shared understanding, Glenn stressed that true racial equity will be achieved when race is no longer a determinant of life outcomes. When addressing racial inequity directly, we improve outcomes for everyone. He touched on several topics including equity versus equality, types and effects of bias, the role of institutions in communities, and individual versus collective thinking. Every social issue has its own complexities and intricacies, and Glenn emphasized that it is critical to find solutions to systemic problems that are advantageous to the most vulnerable populations in our communities.
Many Community Foundation donors are investing their time and resources in communities of color around the Kansas City metro, and we are here to help continue the conversation. We look forward to more in-depth discussions with Glenn on these issues, so stay tuned for more information.
Authored by: Ashley Hawkins, Content Specialist