Equity Training

Liberation House Equity and Liberation Consulting Training

Liberation House: Approach to Racial Equity and Capacity Building

Liberation House has committed to being an anti-racist organization because we know that our mission of promoting the self-determination of LGBTQ+ youth and youth of color cannot be achieved without confronting the barriers that exist because of race, class and cultural inequities. Identifying as an anti-racist organization conveys, to us, that we will be proactive in directly confronting and combatting the impact of structural and institutional racism in this country. Explicitly using the terms “anti-racist” and “liberation” is a reminder that we need to be conscious and deliberate about how our work and our organizational practices promote equity. It means we will:

  • Be prepared and competent in confronting and addressing inequities encountered in our many areas of work.
  • Strengthen knowledge, skills, attitudes and individual personal competence to address inequities based on race, both internally and in our external work and written products.
  • Explicitly promote racial equity in our organization’s human resources, management, governance and practices.

Liberation House has also aligned its identity with a commitment to acknowledge the impact of structural and institutional racism and to confront explicit and implicit biases. As we seek we incorporate these messages into our training modules and curricula, Liberation House:

  • Recognizes that structural racism is based upon explicit institutional practices that treat people differently based upon race.
  • Will try to confront and address racial inequities when we see them internally within our organization and in our work.
  • Seeks to apply a racial equity analysis to all aspects of our system change, policy and community organizing work as well as our business practices.
  • Strives to achieve radical inclusion based on race, ethnicity, class and sexual orientation and gender identity in our staff, consultants, board of directors and partners.

Liberation House has worked for many years to build the capacity of our clients and partners to  improve institutional practices in ways that demonstrate a commitment to being an anti-racist organizations that are committed to equity, justice and liberation. This effort has resulted in a set of core racial equity competencies in how racial equity shows up in the work and how it shapes policy and practice approaches. The following is a list of selected clients and partners we have worked with over the past 5 years:

  • A Way Home America
  • Funders Together to End Homelessness
  • Community Solutions
  • True Colors United
  • The Alliance for Racial Equity in Child Welfare
  • School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago
  • Racial Equity and Justice Learning Community (Comprised of Liberation House, CSSP, National League of Cities, Center for Law and Social Policy, PolicyLink & First Focus)

Deep dive into the foundational concepts of racial equity, including the history of race, multiple levels of racism, white supremacy, white privilege and intersectionality. Participants will learn the basics of racial equity.

Time: 2 Hours Audience: Basic

Focuses on analyzing systems that uphold white supremacy and structural racism in our society. Participants will explore inequities such as mass incarceration, pushout policies in schools and poor outcomes in public systems through a historical and data- driven lens.

Time: 2 Hours Audience: Intermediate

We all hold stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions and decisions in an unconscious manner. Using prominent research in the field, participants will learn how implicit biases affect the human brain and begin the work to identify and address their own racial biases.

Time: 2 Hours (plus pre-work) Audience: Basic

White dominant norms are the unspoken rules that guide workplaces. Beliefs such as fear of open conflict, superiority of the written word and comfort with predominantly white leadership will be explored as tools of marginalization.

This follow-up training supports workplaces in addressing the white dominant norms most evident in their organizational culture. Participants will start by developing a racial equity vision and mission for their work, followed by new norms that uphold equity. The training includes ongoing support for a racial equity strategic plan.

Time: 3 Hours (plus post-work) Audience: Advanced

What is the difference between reform and revolution? Participants will grapple with this question as it relates to their work by exploring the history of grassroots organizing in American society. They will emerge with tools to move beyond the nonprofit industrial complex to enact long- lasting change.

Intersectionality is a theoretical concept that connects multiple forms of inequality based upon race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability and class. Participants will learn the history of intersectionality as envisioned by Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw, develop an understanding of what it means to “go beyond, but include race” and apply intersectionality to their work.

Race and racism affect everyone in American society, first on an individual level. This training seeks to uncover participants’ personal relationship with race, power and privilege as a primer to an organization’s foundational racial equity efforts.

If organizing is the attempt to bring people together to take collective action to resolve a commonly identified problem, then transformative organizing situates individual campaigns within a conscious analysis of the underlying system of exploitation and oppression. This training provides a deep dive into transformative organizing and its explicit intention to transform both the systems and the individuals engaged in those campaigns in an effort to win genuine liberation for all.


  • Los Angeles LGBT Center
  • True Colors United
  • Funders Together to End Homelessness
  • A Way Home America
  • Community Solutions
  • Youth Collaboratory

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