Race Forward catalyzes movement building for racial justice. In partnership with communities, organizations, and sectors, we build strategies to advance racial justice in our policies, institutions, and culture. For over 15 years, Race Forward has brought you an incredible conference experience that has hosted over thousands of attendees to convene, organize, and mobilize for a more equitable future.

This year, we are excited to bring back Facing Race happening on November 17-19, 2022 both online and in-person. For more information please go here. For Facing Race inquiries, please email us at convenings@raceforward.org

This page contains links to applications for various opportunities to be part of programming and support for Facing Race. Please make sure to check the guidelines and deadlines for each application when you click on them below.

What is Government Alliance for Race and Equity (GARE)? GARE supports racial equity leaders and practitioners in designing and implementing strategies that transform government to create an equitable society. Toward these ends, GARE fosters critical connections, shared learning, and leadership development support to build skills, influence, capacity, and accountability to achieve racial equity.

Project Description: GARE’s new opportunity, our Innovation Community, seeks to gather experienced equity practitioners embedded in government for the purpose of building community and co-creating innovative equity tools and practices to share with the field. Participants will engage in relationship building, skill sharpening and network weaving activities to cultivate innovative ideas that drive forward racial equity in government. This community will learn from one another, foster connection, and build tools that are needed for their continued practice.

Up to 15 practitioners who are GARE members from Florida, North Carolina, and Texas will be selected to participate in this pilot community. The cadre will meet monthly for two and a half (2.5) hour virtual sessions from April through November 2023, and once for a four (4) day all-expense paid retreat also in 2023. Every confidential session (virtual and in-person) will be based in lived experience and shared expertise, collectively building toward constructing new ideas for the field. Each participant will be encouraged to form relationships with one another outside of the larger group meeting times, as well. Each participant will receive virtual and physical materials for their participation every month.

Each participant’s jurisdiction will be expected to count these convenings as professional development and toward each participant’s paid working hours. Each participant’s organization will have the benefit of being highlighted as exhibiting racial equity leadership on a national platform such as GARE. Each member organization and wider network will have the benefit of the skills and relationships gained from this experience, as well as the access to final projects that will be created for their mutual benefit.

The primary goal of the Innovation Community is to intentionally design experiences that are ultimately connectional and creative to drive racial equity in government.


Participant Criteria/Requirements:

· Equity practitioners embedded in government

· Ongoing practice implementing effective institutional or organizational change

· At least 1-2 years leading an equity initiative or program

· Experience building, flying the plane, and learning from mistakes at the same time

· Desire for connection and learning

· Complex racial justice analysis

· Analytical view of democracy

· Full commitment to all of the virtual and in-person dates

· Full support of GARE member jurisdiction and commitment from jurisdiction for guaranteed paid time to participate.


Scoring Rubric:

Each application will be scored out of 20 points. Successful applicants will demonstrate the following:

· Complex racial justice analysis (10 points): The applicant must demonstrate racial justice values by expressing an understanding of history, levels of racism, racial equity, liberation, and racial justice definitions centered around the elimination of systemic racism and the structures it supports.The applicant must demonstrate critical engagement with their social location, positionality as a government worker, and how their locality informs their perspective.

· Leadership and creativity (2 points): The applicant has a demonstrated a history of leading racial equity initiatives, policy and or programs in government in some capacity.

· Community focused and oriented (2 points): The applicant demonstrates both an understanding of democratic practice and centers the community they serve in their work.

· Connectional outlook (2 points): The applicant is looking to connect deeply with other practitioners and grow relationships.

· Demonstrated willingness to learn and collaborate (4 points):The applicant shows enthusiasm for co-creating tools for the field in community while demonstrating  a thought process that communally-centered, and approaches things they don’t know with curiosity and humility.

*The scoring panel will be a group of equity practitioners embedded in government from jurisdictions outside of North Carolina, Texas, and Florida. After the scoring panel has been convened, the staff will consider the recommendations from the panel to make final decisions about participants for 2023. Because one of the primary goals is for the Innovation Community to build durable relationships, the mix and vibe of applicants will be taken into consideration for the selection process.


Group Agreements that will Shape our Collective Work:

· We show up every time, on time and prepared.

· We are present mentally and emotionally.

· We practice racial justice principles with one another.

· We will practice honesty and vulnerability.

· We will center complexity.

· We center real lived experience.

· We will be accountable for the ways we hold wisdoms and moral agency.

· We will practice mutuality and reciprocity.

· We are learning forward together.

· We will lean into self-care and collective care .


Tentative Important Dates:

January 10, 2023, application opens

January 12-February 12, application coaching and recruiting

February 13, 2023, Application due at midnight EST

February 22, 2023, Panel review/applicant interview

March 1, 2023: All applicants notified

April 11, 2023 – virtual meeting 12:00pm-2:30pm EST

May 9, 2023 – virtual meeting 12:00pm-2:30pm EST

June 13, 2023 – virtual meeting 12:00pm-2:30pm EST

July 11, 2023 – virtual meeting 12:00pm-2:30pm EST

August 8, 2023 virtual meeting 12:00pm-2:30pm EST

In-person all-expense paid retreat August 27-30, 2023 or September 10-13, 2023

October 10, 2023- virtual meeting12:00pm-2:30pm EST

November 7, 2023 virtual meeting 12:00pm-2:30pm EST

December 15, 2023 – Final Report


Application Instructions: Sign-in to your Submittable account to fill out and then submit your application. If you do not have an account, please sign up before you proceed. Please reach out to GARE Director of Innovative Practice, Cecilia Olusola Tribble, at ctribble@raceforward.org for additional questions. Looking forward to reading your applications! 

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