|Equity Impact Circle Off To an Impactful Start|
|Submitted By: GCHEG Diversity and Inclusion Committee|
The Greater Charlotte Healthcare
Executive Group’s (GCHEG) Diversity and Inclusion committee is excited to be
coordinating Equity Impact Circles (EIC), in partnership with Community Building Initiative (CBI), this spring and fall 2018 in the Greater
Impact Circle is an intact group of 10-12 people who gather over a 4- to 6-week period to develop/strengthen relationships and build a learning community,
engaged in deepening dialogue about equity and how it – or the lack of it – is
manifested in the broader community.
Each time an Equity Impact Circle gathers, members watch a video, read a short
article or take in other content that has a particular equity focus. Each EIC is guided by 2 moderators who will
use this content as a jumping-off point to support the group in focused
dialogue, to exchange perspectives and ideas, through an equity lens.
Some of the conversations that the
group will courageously have include topics such as: structural racism and exclusion, as well as
the intersection of racial equity and healthcare, housing, criminal justice,
transportation, gender and other compelling community issues.
What is “equity”?
CBI has engaged OpenSource
Leadership Strategies to
increase its understanding about equity and to equip individuals and
organizations to work intentionally to promote equity within our networks and
According to OpenSource, an “equitable
society would be one in which there are fair opportunities and improved
outcomes for all and the distribution of resources, opportunities and burdens
is not determined, predictable or disproportionate by identity group or zip
Furthermore, OpenSource affirms that
using or developing an “equity lens” means that we must: 1) Acknowledge how life outcomes are
shaped by interacting structures and power relationships that benefit some and
burden others based on racial identity and other social determinants; 2) Analyze the cumulative impact of
structures and power relationships on a specific issue, condition and
innovations to close gaps and improve outcomes and opportunities for all; and
3) Strategize structural
interruptions and innovations to close gaps and improve outcomes and
opportunities for all; and 4) Repeat...
because systems are related and adapt over time.”
What your colleagues are saying about the experience:
...want to change from passive
conversations and raise awareness of students ...clear roadmap to move forward... I’ll be brave ...validated my deeply
seated convictions ...this can be
heavy... strategize how to approach individuals and colleagues to knock down
structural inequity and leverage self and others
...I have an identity...sometimes all
have to be challenged to move forward and drive change by being aware
Another invitation to this process will be coming this fall. We look forward to more conversation!