Lessons in Systems Change Through an Equity Lens (webinar)

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This SSIR Live! program will explore:                

  • How different organizations, in different communities, define equity in the context of systems change
  • Ways to effectively integrate an equity lens into systems change initiatives, and what that looks like at different stages of a community systems change initiative
  • Practical experiences of community organization leaders


When funders, public entities, and nonprofit organizations think about “systems change,” they rightly consider both the broad strategy and tactical processes necessary to achieve that goal. But systems change ultimately is “people change.” When designing a strategy to change systems, it is imperative to integrate an equity lens—striving to eradicate structural and racial inequities that serve as barriers to that change, and incorporating the perspectives and lived experiences of everyone with a vital stake in the outcome.

In this SSIR Live! program, leaders from three different organizations that are engaged in community initiatives as part of investments in systems change will share their perspectives on questions such as:

  • What power dynamics exist in your community that you need to consider as you integrate an equity lens into your systems change initiative?
  • How are you listening to and incorporating insights from members of the community?
  • To what degree will these systems change strategies begin to break down structural racial, ethnic, and gender inequities in communities?
  • Based on your experience, how can funders, community leaders, and nonprofit organizations integrate the voices, perspectives, and lived experiences of historically underrepresented individuals into decision making to create systems change?

We will ask the panelists to describe the tangible lessons learned, challenges faced, and paths forward in their attempts to break down structural and systemic inequities while changing systems. We will also ask them to discuss any tools that they have found effective in their communities. Along with reflections from the three panelists, we will ask program participants to share their own experiences integrating an equity lens into systems change.

Program Features:

  Expert Speakers:

Tulaine Montgomery is a managing partner and member of the executive team at New Profit. In this role, she leads the Accelerator portfolio providing strategic and financial support to over twenty of our nation’s most promising social innovations. Jorge Blandónis the executive vice president and director of analysis at the Family Independence Initiative. Mary Li is the director of the Multnomah Idea Lab (MIL). The MIL, part of the Multnomah Department of County Human Services, is responsible for seeking policy and innovation within the human services and government sectors.

  Interactive Session:

This webinar will be conducted as a lively, interactive program. You’re encouraged to ask the speakers questions during the session to explore the topic further. The speakers will answer some additional questions after the broadcast in the "Comment Box" at the bottom of this page. You are welcome to interact with them.

  Real-World Examples:
Our expert panelists will describe the tangible lessons learned, challenges faced, and paths forward in their attempts to break down structural and systemic inequities while changing systems. They will also share any tools that they have found effective in their communities.

 Who Should Attend?
This SSIR Live! program is valuable for program leaders from nonprofits, community organizations, and foundations who are seeking to design and implement similar projects to catalyze change with equity as a central component of their programs.

 On-Demand Version:
Register and access the recording of the live event on-demand three hours after the webinar ends and anytime over the next 12 months. Log in with your registered email address here.

dollar symbol FinalPrice for This Webinar: $59
This price includes access to the live interactive webinar, unlimited access to the recorded program video and downloadable slides for twelve months.

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