Equity Evolution

Overview

Equity Evolution

Awareness and Education > Application and Accountability > Increased Ability and Sustainable Growth

CAN’s Equity Evolution is a blog-series that began in June 2021 that explores the growth that CAN as an organization, as its entirety and on an individual-basis, is going through to become a more equitable and just organization. 

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Equity Evolution: CAN’s Growth Story
Preface

"Service to other is the rent you pay for your room here on earth. " -Muhammad Ali June 21, 2021

The Beginning of Our Journey

Happy Monday Everyone!

So, as I wind down my Juneteenth weekend in Oakland, CA – a large community event, followed by a “PRIDE 4 Juneteenth” gathering, and lastly, an intimate conversation with friends about token gestures vs real systemic change – I thought what an appropriate time to begin what CAN hopes will be some communal learning with our field.

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List of Racial Equity Principles

July 12, 2021

Good Morning and Happy Tuesday Everyone!

Again, welcome to CAN’s journey to becoming a more just organization. In the opening post, we shared the arc of our process for change: Awareness and EducationApplication and AccountabilityIncreased Ability and Sustainable Growth.

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Aztec Woman DancerSeptember 14, 2021

Hey there! Welcome back to CAN’s journey to becoming a more just organization. My name is Melissa Perez and this month, I have the opportunity to share my thoughts and personal experiences, as a CAN team member, growing through (our) CAN’s equity journey with you all.

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Rainbow Infinity Symbol

October 12, 2021

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, and as we continue to reflect on CAN’s collective journey to becoming a more just and equitable organization, it’s important to explore the intersectionalities that make up one’s identity and realize that ‘identity’ isn’t a simple category. That starts with me: hello, my name is Nat Rosales. I am queer. I am nonbinary. I am Latinx. I am a graduate student. I am CAN’s student assistant, and this is my journey.

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Equity is a Journey not a Destination.

Where are we now?

In the opening post, we shared the arc of CAN’s process for change: Awareness and Education → Application and Accountability → Increased Ability and Sustainable Growth. I want to be clear, these cycles of learning and improvement will be iterative and ongoing. We don’t feel that becoming a better organization is a destination but our continuing journey to be better every day, both as individuals and as a catalyst for change in our greater system.

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Image and quote from Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Journey of the Youth Development Field is an Equity Journey 

As we look to a new year it will be full of opportunity. Each new year creates an opportunity to look back and reflect on where we have been and where we are going. As our field continues to expand in the coming years, it will be important to consider our journey to promote positive youth development as an equity journey.

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Troy holding a basketball

Being a Black Man Through My Eyes

Greetings and Salutations! It’s a pleasure to have the chance to introduce myself to you. Yes, I am tall, I am 6’9 actually. Yes, I did play basketball, but I am also a scholar holding an Organizational Communication Degree, a Masters Degree in Coaching and Athletic Administration, and currently pursuing my Doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership with an emphasis on Organizational Development. I am also a son, grandson, nephew, father, teammate, coach, community organizer, philanthropist, farmer (Yes I said farmer!), friend, and a BLACK man; who has lived in multiple countries, states, and cities throughout my life.

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Sensitive Content Warning - Our blog series is an open space for sharing stories and experiences on our equity journey. The following blog post includes the topic of sexual assault, and some might find this topic disturbing or traumatizing. Please care for yourself. 

A Quick Glance in the Mirror

My name is Lupita Perez and I am grateful for this chance to share part of my story with you all. In this blog post, I wanted to explore a topic that is close to my heart, but I do have to warn you that it is not a “light” or openly discussed topic despite the disturbing amount of people whom it resonates with. So let me get right to it, my goal in signing up for April’s post of the CAN teams Equity Blog Series was to bring attention to Sexual Assault Awareness Month while also weaving in my personal experiences and reflections that have influenced my work and relationship with others.

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diagram of mental health factors

Hello all! 

My name is Tammy and I am the Americorps VISTA at the California Afterschool Network. I am a recent graduate and going to graduate school this upcoming fall. I am an Asian-American (Chinese) born in Boston and grew up in the midwest. And this is my story…