Cross-Sectoral

Race-Explicit Strategies for Workforce Equity in Healthcare and IT

This new report from Race Forward focuses on the need to develop race-explicit strategies to advance equity in the fields of healthcare and information technology. While these sectors are growing quickly, many career pathways remain inaccessible to people of color in low-income communities due to patterns of discrimination and disinvestment. The report provides recommendations for workforce development practitioners to advance racial equity, both at the organizational level and across the field. 

Boston Ujima Project

Taking its name from the Swahili Kwanzaa principle for “collective work and responsibility,” the Boston Ujima Project is working to organize Greater Boston area neighbors, workers, business owners, and investors to create a community-controlled economy.  Specific strategies it seeks to employ include the creation of a “Good Business and Real Estate” certification, a community controlled investment fund, a worker empowerment network, and an alternative local currency.  In the summer of 2016, the group held its first Ujima Solidarity Summit, at which over 175 people pooled over $20,000 to invest in five black and immigrant-owned local businesses.

Radical Partners

Radical Partners is a social-impact accelerator focused on growing organizations working to address community challenges, convening community stakeholders to promote collective impact, and mobilizing the community to generate solutions to pressing city issues. Its 100 Great Ideas initiative relies on social media to garner opinions about how to address serious community challenges, and then shares top ideas with decision-makers who have the power to act. It also runs numerous leadership development programs, including a social entrepreneur “boot camp” focused on scaling the impact of local leaders.

New Haven Works

New Haven Works is a partnership between government, community, labor, and the private sector to strengthen the middle class in New Haven. In 2013, major employers, unions, and elected city officials collaborated to create New Haven Works, a city-wide partnership to ensure that regional employers and businesses have access to a local talent pool and that qualified city residents have access to good jobs. New Haven Works is an implementing partner in Yale University's three-year commitment of hiring 1,000 New Haven residents, of which 500 reside in low-income neighborhoods. Read more about New Haven Works...