Webinars and Videos on Racial Diversity
On this page:
- Building a Race Equity Culture in Classical Music Organizations
- Anti-Black Racism in American Orchestras
- Conference Sessions: 2017 Detroit and 2016 Baltimore
Presented by Kerrien Suarez, Executive Director of Equity in the Center
Webinar from Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Learn about the Race Equity Cycle – a framework designed to support leaders as they build and expand their organization’s capacity to advance race equity. Kerrien Suarez talks through the seven “levers” that provide clear management and operational tactics to leaders as they develop a clear understanding of what is required to build a Race Equity Culture.
To accompany the webinar, below is a list of resources referenced and compiled by Kerrien Suarez that will aid orchestras on their journey to build a race equity culture within their own organizations.
Equity in the Center Resources
- Awake to Woke to Work: Building a Race Equity Culture: Publication of Equity in the Center’s research outlining the Race Equity Cycle.
- The Role of Senior Leaders in Building a Race Equity Culture
- Infographic of the Race Equity Cycle
- Glossary of Terms
- Slides showing Racial Leadership Gap and DEI Policy Use Data (PPTX)
- Video Case Studies of organizations working to build a Race Equity Culture.
- Additional Equity in the Center Resources
EiC’s Woke@Work Blogs Posts
- White Women Doing White Supremacy in Nonprofit Culture
- So You Want to Hire an Equity Consultant, Part One
- So You Want to Hire an Equity Consultant, Part Two
- How to Lose/Retain a Leader of Color in 365 Days
- A Pathway to Inclusion: Orchestrate Inclusion’s presentation at the Association of British Orchestras conference (Jessica Schmidt, January 2020)
- The Race to Lead Report includes data on the racial leadership gap within the social sector and debunks the myth that the lack of diversity in leadership is due to a “pipeline” problem (the root cause is structural racism).
- Kellogg’s Business Case for Equity (2018)
- DEMOS’ case study on their race equity transformation includes sample equity policies, a timeline of learning objectives for senior and management staff, and several other attachments.
*Note: DEMOS is one of the video case studies available on EiC’s website.
- Deloitte’s Uncovering Talent: A New Model of Inclusion
- Two League-commissioned diversity studies on fellowships and diversity in the orchestra field
- Racial Equity Tools – A curated, comprehensive online database of race equity resources
- The Transforming Organizational Culture Assessment Tool designed by the curator of the Racial Equity Tools site, Maggie Potapchuk
- Operationalizing Racial Justice by Maggie Potapchuk
Resources to Support Equity Learning Objectives
- Characteristics of White Dominant Culture by Tema Okun
- Your Unconscious Bias Trainings Keep Failing Because You’re Not Addressing Systemic Bias
- Seeing White Podcast – referred to as both unbelievable and fascinating by Kerrien Suarez, this podcast outlines the history of race and the construct of whiteness in America.
- Putting Racism on the Table, a learning series that has supported many senior leaders in their personal growth around topics of structural racism, implicit bias, whiteness, and privilege.
Please note that Equity in the Center strongly recommends the use of an external race equity facilitator if you are going to view these videos as part of or in preparation for a team/board training or retreat.
- Service Never Sleeps offers training on intersectional allyship and white allyship rooted in an analysis of structural oppression.
- PISAB – “Undoing Racism” training focuses on “undoing” internalized racial oppression and understanding the role of organizational gate keeping as a mechanism for perpetuating racism.
- Race Forward – Unlike “diversity trainings,” which primarily focus on interpersonal relations and understanding, the Building Racial Equity trainings emphasize how to challenge and change institutional racial inequities rooted in structural racism.
- Racial Equity Institute does several different trainings for individuals/organizations. The workshops speak to the historical context of race/racism in the U.S., and are designed to help individuals and institutions practice reframing problems and determining solutions with a racial equity lens. Their approach is particularly data-rich and strongly recommended for board members and corporate audiences who need the “case” for race equity made.
- Interaction Institute for Social Change provides a range of trainings on historical, structural and institutional racism, and how they manifest in organizations.
This webinar was made possible by generous grants from American Express, the Howard Gilman Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
Image of Kerrien Suarez: Lydia Carlis/C-Suite Pics
During our Online Conference 2020, Aaron Flagg, D.M.A., Chair of the League’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Committee and Chair and Associate Director, Juilliard Jazz Studies Program, leads this session that explores racism’s connection to orchestras, what orchestras can do about it, and how the League’s EDI Committee is engaging with and learning about racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion. Dr. Flagg was joined by members of the League’s EDI Committee of the Board. View the recording.
The League’s 72nd National Conference took place in Detroit, June 6-8, 2017. Sessions included:
- The 2017 Diversity Forum was the League’s third national convening of leaders from the field to address strategic priorities including a national diversity audition fund, national instrumentalist mentorship and audition training, field-wide board and staff diversity, and music education pathways.
- Diversity and Inclusion in Action
- No Sound Barriers: Sphinx at 20
Nearly 1,000 orchestra administrators, musicians, trustees, and volunteers gathered in Baltimore for the League's 71st National Conference June 9-11. This year's conference focused on diversity, particularly as it relates to increasing the involvement of members of underrepresented communities in all aspects of our orchestras—on stage, in the board room and the executive offices, and in the audience.
Powerful address on diversity from The Honorable Elijah Cummings, U.S. Representative (MD-7)
Keynote speaker Earl Lewis, President of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Address from DeRay Mckesson, civil rights activist; Address from Dr. Monique Chism, deputy assistant secretary for policy and programs, OESE, U.S. Department of Education; Closing Luncheon Remarks and Panel
Session on Resourcing Diversity Work with Janet Brown, president & CEO, Grantmakers in the Arts; Susan Feder, program officer, performing arts, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; Marian Godfrey, cultural advisor, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation; Edwin Torres, deputy commissioner, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
Session on Inclusive Leadership with Andrés Tapia, senior client partner, Korn Ferry Hay Group and author of The Inclusion Paradox - 2nd Edition: The Obama Era and the Transformation of Global Diversity.