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We have been undertaking Anti-Racist Organizational Change (AROC) at CommunityWise since March 2016. During this time, we’ve worked through a consultative and emergent process to better understand and define organizational racism as well as develop and implement strategies to create greater racial equity in our nonprofit organization.
*NEW* Sovereign Spirits Visual Facilitation Illustration
*NEW* Tools for AROC Training (video)
In March 2021, CommunityWise hosted a “Tools for Anti-Racist Organizational Change” training for several non-profit organizations in Calgary in collaboration with the Black Leadership Alliance Council (BLAC). The recording is now available. Please note that the live training contained facilitated breakout room components that were intentionally not recorded.
*NEW* Do-It-Yourself AROC Tools
Organizations and Anti-Racism
Use this tool to have an honest conversation about how ready your organization might be to start addressing racism within the organization itself. Where are you now? And what would it take to become more Principled? (click image to access full tool)
After publishing our initial AROC Resource Booklets (below), we heard from many nonprofits who want to start their own anti-racist organizational change process. This fillable tool can support your organization as you begin or continue your work. It guides you through creating a self-assessment. This can prompt deeper conversations about where racism lives in your organization and how to address it. (click image to access full tool)
AROC Resource Booklets
Anti-Racist Organizational Change (AROC): Resources and Tools for Nonprofits
In our first resource booklet, we share ideas, group activities, sample documents, frameworks, policy tools and other resources we have both used and developed in the first phase of AROC at CommunityWise.
Deeper AROC: More Tools & Resources
Our second resource booklet is a companion to the first and shares tools and resources from our second phase of AROC, including our emerging Theory of Change, stories that surfaced through evaluation, and the several ways we deepened our practice of anti-racism.
The second resource booklet was developed in partnership with the Alberta Association of Immigrant Serving Agencies (AAISA).
Introduction to AROC Webinar
We developed a webinar to support the understanding and use of the content found in the first and second resource booklets.
This webinar was developed in partnership with the Alberta Association of Immigrant Serving Agencies (AAISA).
Accountability to Indigenous Communities Project
Since early 2019, CommunityWise has worked with an Indigenous Advisory Group, led by Blackfoot elder Jackie Bromley, to learn about and address anti-Indigenous racism as part of our AROC process. The members of this group, as well as Nicole Eshkakogan, the consultant that supported us in forming and working with the group, sat down with Michelle Robinson of Native Calgarian in October 2020 to discuss the work they did with CommunityWise. We are grateful for their contributions and look forward to deepening our relationships with them as we take action on their recommendations for Indigenous-led solutions for equity and anti-racism. View a summary of the “final report” mentioned in the podcast here.
Anti-Racism & Equity is for Everyone (video)
In November 2020, jaqs gallos aquines and Thulasy Lettner presented about AROC as part of Board Leadership Calgary’s online learning series.
Organizational Racism: Self-Assessment
We developed this short questionnaire—just five questions—to get people thinking about how well their organization is addressing organizational racism. There’s a lot more to it than these questions suggest, so we’ve included links to more comprehensive assessments, as well as definitions of the words diversity, inclusion, equity, organizational racism, and anti-racism.
Podcast: The Unlearning Channel
This podcast discusses racism and anti-racism both inside and outside the context of organizations. It is produced and hosted by Jacquie Gallos Aquines and Mel Vee.
In the first episode, Jacquie and Mel Vee speak with Thulasy Lettner, Equity Coordinator at CommunityWise about CommunityWises’s Anti-Racist Organizational Change (AROC) process and creating equitable practices in the non-profit sector in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Treaty 7 territory.
A transcript for Episode 7 “Bystander Intervention” can be found here.
Listen to MelVeeX interview fellow Black Leadership Alliance Council (BLAC) members Ariam Wolde-Giorgis and Tyson Bankert in back-to-back episodes as they discuss anti-Blackness, sharing Black spaces, and what community care looks and feels like. These episodes were developed as a collaboration between BLAC, CommunityWise, and the Unlearning Channel with support from the Department of Canadian Heritage through the Community Support, Multiculturalism, and Anti-Racism Initiatives Program.