Ignited by the murder of George Floyd, Abt CEO Kathleen Flanagan issued an internal directive to reflect on the role of racial equity within our organization and the communities we impact. Three areas of exploration were outlined: workforce, client projects, and our communities.
The result was the creation of our Racial Equity Plan, the first step in a never-ending journey to become actively antiracist. The Racial Equity Plan set out to determine present inequities and create a plan to hold ourselves accountable to address our shortcomings. To include all communities our organization impacts and assume responsibility for our commitments, the plan is comprised of three work streams.
Reflecting Inward seeks to understand and improve upon our shortcomings, including through education of all staff and increased transparency. Highlighting and Contributing to Our Work assesses and enhance the quality and quantity of our racial equity-based client offerings to better meet the needs of our clients. Finally, Connecting Our Communities applies a racial equity lens to our community outreach efforts to ensure the organizations most in need are reached.