Over the past two years, the city of San Francisco has been apart the Government Alliance on Race and Equity, a “national network of government working to achieve racial equity and advance opportunities for all,” by Race Forward (resulting from the merger of RaceForward and the Center for Social Inclusion) in partnership with the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society. As a member of this year’s San Francisco cohort, the Department on the Status of Women (DOSW) has been meeting with jurisdictions throughout the Bay Area and is organizing a Racial Equity Action Plan.
We are pleased to announce that two of our W.O.M.A.N., Inc. staff members will be joining the Department on the Status of Women’s (DOSW) Racial Equity Action Plan Committee! Along side community partners, Mary Martinez, our Associate Director, and Alicia Padillapaz will support the DOSW in strengthening racial equity and inclusion through their Violence Against Women grants program. Alicia captures the importance of this initiative well: “In order to strive towards a truly equitable world, it’s important for institutions such as the Department on the Status of Women to work towards dismantling the deeply rooted parts of racism that’s ingrained in our systems. This includes centering black and transgender women without tokenizing them. By putting race at the center of our work, we are able to address several disparities and inequalities that impact our community and those we serve.”
Learn more about the Racial Equity Alliance here: https://www.racialequityalliance.org/
Learn more about the Department on the Status of Women here: https://sfgov.org/dosw/