Racial Equity and Social Justice

Belief in the inherent dignity of each person, regardless of race, faith, background or circumstance is fundamental to the Catholic Social Teaching which guides every aspect of the work of Catholic Charities.

Recent events in our community, the nation and the world, as well as the justified heightened attention to long-standing inequities and injustices, compel Catholic Charities to determine how it can best advance racial equity as part of seeking social justice for everyone.

Long-Term Goals

  • Reduce racial/ethnic disparities in client outcomes
  • Become a multi-cultural, fully inclusive organization

Reaching Our Goals

Public Policy Positions & Public Will

  • Actively use our voice internally & externally to promote equity at the state & local level
  • Actively partner with the community to build accountability

Client Services

  • Evaluate policies, procedures & services in achieving racially equitable service access, delivery & outcomes
  • Measure & track outcomes for different racial/ethnic groups over time
  • Address barriers as they are identified, through communication, implementation planning, execution & evaluation

Employment Practices

  • Build & implement culturally competent hiring practices
  • Offer individual development opportunities to build awareness of one’s own cultural competence & build sensitivity to difference
  • Provide opportunities to explore racism
  • Offer training that supports the development of skills for building racial equity
  • Evaluate policies, procedures & practices in achieving racial equity
  • Measure & track staff composition for different racial/ethnic groups over time

Governance

  • Build & implement accountability measures to share information on progress with the community
  • Measure & track board composition for different racial/ethnic groups over time
  • Offer individual development opportunities to build awareness of one’s own cultural competence & build sensitivity to difference

Equality versus Equity

Having individual and group differences.

Being and feeling included in a group or structure.

Working effectively across cultures.

Fair and just access for all.
The type of community that is in everyone’s best interest.
It is not:

  • being nice
  • favoritism
  • equality
  • filling quotas

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