Roundtable on Community Change

Racial Equity

Research & Theory in the Service of Action: The Roundtable's work on structural racism began in response to a call from leaders in fields such as community revitalization, social policy, anti-poverty, and philanthropy. The leaders were concerned about the racial disparities that they were observing in their work and frustrated by their inability to talk about race and racism, much less get a handle on it. They expressed the need for a coherent way to think, talk and problem-solve around race. In order to directly address this need, the Roundtable developed a project on racial equity.

Currently, it serves as a premier research and action program on race and racism in 21st century America, including a seminar series for government, nonprofit, media, and business leaders to improve their skills to work on racial equity and inclusion. Roundtable staff provide technical assistance and coaching to communities and organizations working to reduce poverty and promote racial equity.  

Our racial equity work consists of four interrelated components:

More about structural racism:

"Racism in twenty-first century America is harder to see than its previous incarnations because the most overt and legally sanctioned forms of racial discrimination have been eliminated. Nonetheless, racialized patterns permeate the political, economic, and socio-cultural structures of America in ways that generate differences in well-being between people of color and whites. Structural racism, then, refers to the system in which public policies, institutional practices, cultural representations, and other norms work in various, often reinforcing ways to perpetuate racial group inequity in every key opportunity area, from health, to education, to employment, to income and wealth." – Structural Racism & Community Building, 2004