+ What is equity?

Equity revolves around systemic outcomes and exists when they are no longer predicted by an aspect of an individual’s identity.

To learn more, visit About Equity-Centered Community Design.

+ What's the difference between equity and equality?

While equality is a basic need and means sameness, equity means fairness and can only exist when systemic barriers are removed. Equity also takes into account systems and personal context when overcoming disparities.

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+ Why should equity matter to me? or Why should I care?

The selfish reason: it affects you, or could affect you. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” - Martin Luther King, Jr. This sentiment speaks to the idea that if some people’s rights are threatened or removed, that leaves a precedent to take others’ rights and liberties.

The selfless reason: history has been inequal, and to rectify that and create a more equal future, disenfranchised groups need to rise faster than the rest.

+ Why racial equity? What about other forms of equity?

We believe that there is no hierarchy of oppression. All systematic forms of oppression need to be dismantled for an equitable future to truly be achieved. But, we’re cognizant that we cannot focus on everything. Therefore, our focus is addressing structural and systemic racism.

+ What is the systemic oppression? How can I look out for it?

Systemic oppression is the systematic mistreatment of people within a social identity group that is reinforced by society and its institutions.

One of the most straightforward ways of identifying the existence of systemic oppression is by being critical of the data behind various social and political systems. For instance, the establishment of mandatory minimums for crack cocaine in the 1980’s may not have seemed like a form of systemic oppression. However, the mass incarceration of Black and Brown bodies that ensued after highlight how the sentencing law disproportionately impacted the Black and Latinx community.

Other ways of identifying systemic oppression include being open to dialogue, having humility, and critically listening to others.

+ What's the difference between diversity and inclusion?

Diversity is an invitation that enables creativity and celebrates difference whilst inclusion not only accepts difference but celebrates and embeds them.

+ What is Equity-Centered Community Design?

Equity-centered community design, created by Creative Reaction Lab, is a seven-part creative problem solving approach that is based on equity, humility-building, addressing power dynamics, and co-creating with the community. To learn more visit our what is Equity-Centered Community Design page here.

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+ What is design?

Design is the art and practice of planning and projecting ideas or experiences with physical products such as a plan, document, blueprint, visual and textual content, attire, and so on.

+ Why humility first? Isn't empathy enough?

Empathy requires an understanding and sharing of feelings or emotions of another. You can not truly understand a person's struggle until you experience a similar event, which is where humility comes in. Humility is the willingness to accurately assess oneself and one’s limitations to become open to new ideas, contradictory information, and advice.

+ How do you define community?

Community is any group or groups in which you find a sense of solace and belonging. It can be as small as a friend and as large as a world.

+ Why youth?

By activating youth now, we are addressing these systemic issues today while working towards creating an equitable future. If we prepare them to confront disparities of the future now, this will create a longer term impact towards equity.

“Political, social, and economic advances in the United States during this millennium will be possible only if the intellectual potential of American youth is developed now.”

-Meteri Group, “Twenty First Century Skills”

+ Why only Black and Latinx cultures?

By 2040, Blacks and Latinx individuals will make up almost 40% of the United States population, yet these populations face disproportionate racial inequities, which limit social, economic and cultural growth. When discussing racial inequities and disparities, both ethnic groups are either mentioned the highest or lowest together, yet no responsive efforts have intentionally partnered these groups together to co-create new approaches to address these issues. Until now.

+ Define Latinx. Don't you mean Latino or Latina?

Latinx is an inclusive non-binary term for people of Latin American origin, regardless of where they fall on a gender spectrum.

+ Why are you only focused on cities? What about rural areas?

According to the UN “Today, 54% of the world’s population lives in urban areas, a proportion that is expected to increase to 70% by 2050.” Because, there is a higher concentration of Black and Latinx residents in cities over rural areas these communities are significantly affected by urban issues such as (but not limited to): poverty, food access, and gun violence.