In 2020, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation announced it would be taking bold steps towards addressing systemic racism through a 10 year, $150 million initiative. Leveraging existing DEI practices, President Larry Kramer shared that the Foundation will seek to more fully incorporate racial equity into all programming and grant making strategies. A full report can be found here.

Rooted in the aim of shared liberation, Foundation has adopted a new framework to assess and address issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, and racial justice across the organization. Building upon the strategic learning process, the CSC, in partnership with Ron Ragin is leading this work for the Performing Arts Program. We are currently conducting a baseline assessment of the team’s DEIJ principles and practices, which we’ll be weaving with ongoing strategic learning and adaptation efforts in the new year.