GWP Learning Session - Awake To Woke To Work: Building A Race Equity Culture

GWP Members Only Program
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
12:00pm to 1:30pm EDT
Point Park University, Lawrence Hall Room 200
212 Wood Street
Pittsburgh PA 15222
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Join us for a conversation with Equity in the Center (EitC) about transforming your organizational culture beyond diversity and inclusion towards race equity.

During this interactive session, we will explore EitC’s research on operationalizing equity and building a Race Equity Culture within organizations that is structured around the Race Equity Cycle. The process identifies the three stages and common entry points of building such a culture; helps organizations find themselves in this work; and names the levers that create momentum. EIC will also illustrate how those levers can work by outlining practices from peer organizations and suggesting actions participants can take to get started.  Participants will also learn:

  • The research and resources Equity in the Center provides to support leaders and organizations in advancing race equity;
  • Key research findings from the “Awake to Woke to Work: Building a Race Equity Culture” publication, and how to apply the Race Equity Cycle framework in your own work; and
  • Management and operational levers that can shift organizational culture toward race equity.

This lunch session is a funders-only discussion which will immediately follow the Good Ideas Forum with Equity in the Center.  We encourage you to register for the morning workshop as well. 

Lunch will be provided.


Andrew Plumley is Associate Director at Equity in the Center, a field-wide initiative to influence social sector leaders to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to achieve race equity. He started his career in education, where he advised higher education institutions on diversity and inclusion strategy, as well as provided access and success programming for Pell eligible students of color. A true systems entrepreneur, Andrew focuses on creating true and lasting systems change for the communities he partners with and supports. He currently serves as a Young Black and Giving Back Institute board chair, an ATMTC diversity, equity, and inclusion task force member, an American Express N-Gen Fellow, as well as served as a city council appointed Police Commissioner in the state of Vermont. Andrew has a BA from Middlebury College, and received an MBA with a focus in social and environmental sustainability from the University of Vermont’s Grossman School of Business.