Racial Equity Technical Assistance

Working to right deep-rooted, historic racial disparities


What We Work For

For 40 years, CSSP has studied and tried to change this nation’s history of racism; using that broad experience, we are developing trainings and technical assistance to help others bring this work to a grassroots level.

As a country, we grapple with a long and devastating history of racism that—despite advances in rights—has created unfair advantages for some people and disadvantages for others. Currently, policies and practices do not adequately right these historic wrongs; national data show that persistent and pervasive disparities exist. We know that outcomes such as health at birth, school readiness, graduation from high school, employment, housing, and safety (to name a few) are worse for people of color, people who identify as LGBTQ and gender expansive, people who are undocumented, and people with disabilities.

How We Do It

Relying on our long history as an anti-racist organization, we have spent nearly a decade further exploring and expanding our internal focus on race equity. In 2015, we partnered with six similarly positioned national organizations to create a learning agenda around our shared racial equity journey. The group meets quarterly and is developing a joint training for staff on racial equity and justice.

In addition, we are actively expanding our technical assistance, training, and consulting capacity on race equity through a Racial Equity Hub. This has grown out of the relationships we have with systems, communities, and organizations around the country to come to us for expertise, coaching, and capacity building.

The deep roots of racism in this country will not go away in a vacuum—concerted, collaborative efforts are required to make a real sea change. We believe that our racial equity technical assistance work will allow partner organizations to have increased capacity to respond to and promote racial equity and begin the process of dismantling inequitable policies and practices in their communities.

Racial Equity Technical Assistance

Over the next five years, we will support partners in building their capacity to promote racial equity. We will also demonstrate a strategic, coordinated, and bold public response to rapidly changing, regressive, and harmful federal and state policies and practices.

We will do this work by:

Providing consultation, training, and other support to partner agencies promoting equity. Our specific focus will be on racial equity for children, youth, and families involved with public systems; equity for LGBTQ and gender expansive children, youth, and families; and equity for immigrant families.

Coordinating and aligning our work and impact among our existing partners with the Racial Equity Learning Community

Responding more nimbly, intensively, and in a coordinated strategy with our partners to federal and state policies and practices that erode what we know is needed for all children and families to thrive.

Expanding and disseminating our work on equity, specifically by working with partners to promote the understanding of evidence to achieving more equitable outcomes for children, youth and families and the value of often overlooked evidence for advancing equity.

Our Experts

Bill Bettencourt

Senior Fellow
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Leonard Burton

Leonard Burton

Senior Fellow
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Juanita Gallion

Juanita Gallion

Senior Associate
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Jonathan Lykes

Jonathan Lykes

Senior Policy Analyst & National Youth Organizer
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Kristen Weber

Kristen Weber

Director, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice
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