What Is The Equity and Empowerment Lens?
The Equity and Empowerment Lens (with a racial justice focus) is a transformative quality improvement tool used to improve planning, decision-making, and resource allocation leading to more racially equitable policies and programs. At its core, it is a set of principles, reflective questions, and processes that focuses at the individual, institutional, and systemic levels by:
- deconstructing what is not working around racial equity;
- reconstructing and supporting what is working;
- shifting the way we make decisions and think about this work; and
- healing and transforming our structures, our environments, and ourselves.
Introductory Letter To New Materials: A deeply honest and informative executive summary of our definitions, our main approach, our materials, our goals for the work
Foundational Assumptions: The guiding concepts and research that underlie the Logic Model, integrating trauma, healing, neuroscience
Logic Model: A look at transformative change towards racial equity at the individual, institutional, and systemic levels
Quality Improvement Cycle: Our quality improvement process, incorporating reflection and purpose
5P’s Worksheet: A worksheet with the major questions in the areas of People, Place, Process, Power, and Purpose
Resources: The sources for the above work
Equity & Empowerment Lens Teaching Tools