The early childhood systems we build now in Washington state will impact generations of children and their families. These systems must be designed to eliminate racial disparities.
We believe a key lever in this work is ensuring that more leaders of color, particularly those from communities who are furthest from justice, drive and shape the design of these policies.
Shifting who gets a seat at the decision-making table.
OUR DESIGN PROCESS
We are engaged in a 16-month-long design process to develop this new fellowship program. We are exploring a range of questions, from structure and content, equity training, management, alumni support, and more. As we continue our outreach we are prioritizing input from leaders of color and prospective placement organizations.
OUR INITIAL COMMITMENTS
Strengthen organizations' anti-racism commitments, efforts, and capacity
Provide adequate pay and benefits to remove barriers to entry
Offer a more intensive experience to build trust, expertise, and networks
Employment + Learning
Develop more seasoned professionals who can quickly influence the field
Build relationships (and have fun!) in order to build shared power
Represent the geographic diversity of our state and Tribal communities
Fellows placed within organizations with protected learning time
Prioritize the power that is held in future cumulative and collective networks