To address racial equity in our constituents, we will pursue a wide representation of known racial equity leaders working in partnership with organizations that have been working to address racial equity but which have not been aligned to address racial disproportionality issues in the child welfare system. The organizational leaders will include a wide representation of the Tampa Bay social service organizations, with high representation of Black and other racial/ethnic minority leaders. They will be nominated based on the leadership trajectory and positive roles in the community.
To address racial healing, our project embraces Appreciative Inquiry to change the institutional environment of the child welfare agency and establish communication with wider community networks for a positive dialogue. The Commission, as well as the participatory methods of the equitable evaluation, will have the goals of discovering “benchmarks of progress” and move the initiative towards more productive solutions to prepare the child welfare system. Our discussions on social justice and racial equity will be led by trained facilitators that will seek to strengthen relationships, community networks, and co-leadership. Most importantly, we will create sanctuary spaces or communication platforms to acknowledge ethnoracial trauma and connect individuals, families, and communities to survival strategies and traditions that heal. Ultimately, the Commission and the communities served by the child welfare agencies will develop groups of people with social justice orientation and motivation for collective action that foster liberation of race-based trauma.How You Can Help