Each participant completes a written reflection responding to the prompts below.
Organizational Equity Self-Study: Part One Self-Reflection
- Consider the following questions first individually:
- How do you define equity? How do you think your definition is informed by your lived experience?
- How would you describe your organization’s commitment to equity? What do you understand to be the origins of this commitment?
- To what extent do you feel a sense of alignment between your organization’s commitment and your own values and commitment to equity? Examples?
- Where do you experience any disconnects between your own commitment and the organization’s values or practices? How do you navigate these disconnects?
- What is your experience of how the organization talks about, approaches, or deals with issues of equity? What assets does your organization have from which to strengthen its equity leadership? What are some of the challenges you see?
- How do you think your identity (role, race, gender, time in org, etc.) impacts how you navigate any disconnects or challenges you may experience with the organization’s equity efforts?
- What is the contribution you most want to make to the organization’s efforts toward equity? Why is this important to you?
- If you could make one recommendation to the organization for what is most needed to strengthen its equity impact, what would that be?
PART TWO: Appreciative Interview
Each participant conducts an appreciative interview with another colleague within their organization (preferably not on the core team) asking that colleague to respond to the same reflection prompts. Interviewer takes notes to capture the thoughts and perspectives of interviewee.
- Special Note on the Appreciative Interview: To the extent possible, please conduct your interview with someone across at least one of the following differences: race, gender, age, role, time in the organization, etc. The goal of this experience is to listen deeply to understand the experiences and perspectives of a colleague. You do not need to agree with or dispute what you hear; your task is to simply listen for understanding.
PART 3: DEBRIEF (Pair share, Triad, or Whole Group)
Following the interview, each participant considers and writes responses to the Process Debrief Prompts.
Organizational Equity Self-Study Process Debrief Prompts:
- What thoughts or feelings came up for you as you answered and asked these questions?
- What was it like to listen and learn about a colleague’s experiences and perspectives?
- What similarities and/or differences stood out to you in terms of how you and your colleague responded to the prompts?
- What questions did this process raise for you?
- What might be a next step for you and/or the organization to deepen this investigation and strengthen internal capacity for equity leadership?