National Skills Coalition is pleased to announce the states that have been selected to participate in our 2021-2022 Racial Equity Learning Group: California, Indiana, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, and Ohio.
NSC’s Racial Equity Learning Group will consist of 5 Skills State Policy Advocacy Network (SkillSPAN) coalitions and 5 Business Leaders United (BLU) state affiliates leads committed to advancing state specific policy frameworks using a racial equity lens. Participants will engage in learning community sessions and individualized coaching to learn how to apply a racial equity lens to their respective work and advance state policies that promote racial equity. By the conclusion of the learning group, participants will be able to:
Black, Latino, Pacific Islander, Native, and certain Asian American workers face significant racial inequities in educational attainment, employment, and income. These disparities are a direct result of structurally racist policies. NSC believes that it requires significant intentionality to dismantle the policies that allow racial inequities to persist. As a result, NSC has released resources such as the The Roadmap for Racial Equity and Skills for an Inclusive Economic Recovery to help its networks advance racial equity.
The Racial Equity Learning Group will build upon this work and provide the SkillSPAN coalitions and BLU state affiliates with the knowledge, tools, and supports to advocate for policies that advance racial equity in the workforce development system.
The Racial Equity Learning Group will run from September 2021 – December 2022. If you are interested in learning more about the Learning Group or NSC’s work on racial equity in the states, please contact Senior State Network Manager, Michael Richardson.