This session provides individuals at all levels of an organization, an understanding of applying an equity lens. Topics include understanding the distinctions between equity and equality in addition to diversity and inclusion. Key components of what it means to apply an equity lens are discussed as well as common barriers. Examples are woven throughout to aid in making the complex topics related to racial equity more accessible. Frameworks and models help to explain how the systems-focused approach of applying a racial equity lens can create lasting and sustainable change.
This workshop is one in a three-part series of workshops provided to members at no charge, to further the diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives of our District Councils. If you enjoy this program, we invite you to consider making a donation to the ULI Foundation to support future initiatives. For more information about donating, click here,
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Workshop Leader: Dr. Kira Banks has been working to support individuals and groups to understand themselves, others and systems of oppression for over 20 years. She co-founded the Institute for Healing Justice and Equity at Saint Louis University, where she is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology. Banks’ research examines the experience of discrimination, its impact on mental health and intergroup relations. Her courses have ranged from Abnormal Psychology to the Psychology of Racism. Banks has published over 20 articles in peer-reviewed outlets including American Psychological Association journals such as American Psychologist, Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, and Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. She has also contributed to The Harvard Business Review and popular media outlets such as Huffington Post and The Atlantic.
Banks enjoys facilitating difficult dialogues and has been described as making complex and controversial topics accessible and intergroup interactions more understandable. She has done so in schools, communities, institutions of higher education and corporations.
Banks’ expertise was sought after and she served as a racial equity consultant for the Ferguson Commission and continued as the Racial Equity Catalyst for Forward Through Ferguson. Her thinking and writing has helped frame racial equity in the St. Louis region.
Banks has a podcast, Raising Equity, where she supports adults in talking to kids about systems of oppression and translates psychological concepts for lay people. She believes strongly that research should be useful and can inform our everyday lives.
Banks is also co-principal of The Mouse and the Elephant, which develops customized curriculum to meet organizations’ long-term needs. She received her BA from Mount Holyoke College, where she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, and her MA and PhD from the University of Michigan.