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Roundtable on Comprehensive Community Initiatives: Project on Race and Community Revitalization

Aspen Institute

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Strengthening Civic Space
  • Grant Amount $100,000
  • Grant Period July 1, 2003–June 30, 2004
  • Location Washington, DC, United States
  • Geographic Focus United States

About this grant

The goal of the initiative is to expand the mission of the community building field to include greater attention to racial equity and, therefore, to complement and stimulate other democratic social change efforts. It focuses on developing a critical mass of leaders who are more attuned to race as a structural problem and who will be better able to identify or develop strategies for recognizing and dealing with race issues.Third-year funding will support objectives that include expanding and publishing the existing PowerPoint presentation as a short non-academic book to increase the audience; completing a scholarly publication on racism and community building; implementing a seminar on race and equity for social policy leaders; evaluating and adapting the race seminar curriculum for other audiences; adapting the "Framework for Applying the Structural Racism Analysis" to address specific audiences; and developing the Equity Planning Tool to help communities act on findings from the structural racism analysis assessment.During the past two years, accomplishments included developing and fine-tuning the structural racism analysis and preparing versions for multiple audiences; completing a variety of PowerPoint presentations; and publishing 22 research papers on the Aspen Institute Web site.