Many organizations are engaged in ongoing strategic planning, an exercise which examines and reformulates organizational systems and processes with the goal of setting a direction for the future. We believe this is the perfect time to do racial equity work because racism can be built into every single aspect of our organizations, from hiring to communications to fundraising and more. Incorporating a racial equity lens into the strategic planning process is an excellent way to make progress toward becoming anti-racist organizations.
The day-long Envisioning Equity conference will focus on teaching organizations how to align your strategic planning process to ensure that the resulting mission, vision, policies, and procedures will combat racial inequity at structural and systemic levels. The program will feature a keynote, a panel discussion, and a variety of breakout sessions with people specializing in different aspects of racial equity and strategic planning to assist your team. Learn more about the program specifics here.
We are a multiracial group of volunteers based in Chicago. Learn more on our About Us page.
Please see our Sponsors + Gratitude page. If you are interested in supporting our efforts through a sponsorship or donation (cash or in-kind), please see the FAQ for Sponsors below.
We are pleased to welcome keynote speakers Tamara Winfrey-Harris and Pamela Ross, both of the Central Indiana Community Foundation. In the spirit of the conference, which encourages staff and board teams from organizations to attend together, Winfrey-Harris and Ross will offer the keynote address together. Learn more here.
Please be sure to register by March 4, 2019 at https://envisioningequitychi.eventbrite.com.
Tickets range from $40-$100. We are offering sliding scale registration based on both your organization’s budget and the number of participants attending. Because of the collaborative nature of strategic planning and equity work as well as the design of the day, we encourage each participating organization to send two or more people to the conference if at all possible. This will also better equip participants to integrate and implement lessons learned. Organizations get 10% off for registering three people together, 15% off for registering four, and 20% off for registering five or more people. Tickets cover breakfast, lunch, and programming from 8:00am-5:00pm. For more information, visit our Pricing page.
There’s no minimum number of tickets required per order to claim the group discounts, so you should be able to simply select one or more additional tickets at the appropriate rate. Just be sure to include your organization’s name so we can identify everyone who is coming together!
Individual participants are more than welcome! Perhaps your organization only has the budget or bandwidth to send one person; maybe you are a consultant or facilitator who offers strategic planning and/or racial equity facilitation; or maybe you’re hoping to make connections with people who share the view that it’s a good idea to conduct Racial Equity Impact Assessments to drive organizational change. If you attend solo, we encourage you to familiarize yourself with the event schedule and goals and reflect ahead of time on how to make the most of the day.
Yes, we are committed to making this event accessible and inclusive for all people who are engaged in the work of making our organizations more equitable. If the cost for this event is beyond what you are able to afford at this time, please reach out to us at [email protected]. It is our hope to be able to provide full or partial scholarships as requested and needed.
We are so happy to be holding Envisioning Equity at the National Museum of Mexican Art, a treasured institution in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. The address for the museum is 1852 W. 19th Street, Chicago, IL 60608.
If you plan to take public transportation, the closest CTA train stops are the Pink Line at either Damen or 18th Street. The closest buses are either the Number 50 Damen at 19th Street or the Number 9 Ashland to 18th Street. According to the Museum’s website, street parking is available; check for restrictions during certain hours or on street cleaning or snow removal days.
We’ll be thrilled to welcome you to Chicago! When we conceived of this first event, we did not anticipate a large response from folks around the country. As such, we have not arranged hotel room blocks or accommodations. If you are looking for a hotel, you may want to refer to https://www.fairhotel.org/ or their boycott list.
Envisioning Equity is committed to providing an inclusive environment and we will do our best to accommodate requests for accessibility and assistance. The venue is wheelchair accessible. Attendees will have access to visit the galleries during conference breaks, and all four galleries are on the ground level. Please refer to our Accessibility page for more information.