TREIC has prioritized addressing the root causes of poverty, dismantle systemic barriers caused by structural racism, and build wealth within Black and Brown communities in Greater Toledo. In order to do this, TREIC contracted with the Hope Strategy Group to develop a racial equity plan that includes mutually reinforcing activities that cut across sectors with a focus on changes to policy and resource alignment and allocation based on shared priorities and outcomes.
The primary goal is to shift the way institutions operate in the Greater Toledo community and create a collective impact model with shared responsibility for ensuring that no matter a person’s demographics or zip code they have equitable access to opportunity and success. Implementation of the plan will shift cultural values and political will to create equity for Black and Brown communities.
We engaged cross-sector partners to help develop the plan. Below is an overview of the community engagement activities used to gather information to support identifying goals, objectives, and action items.
Ebonie Jackson| Lucas County Children’s Services
Alex Gerken | Fifth Third Bank
Patrice McClellan | The Ronald Group
Rita Russell | Huntington Bank
Doni Miller |Neighborhood Health Association
Greg Braylock | ProMedica
Lisa Hawker | Hylant
Tiffanie McNair | Toledo Housing Commissioner
Reggie Temple | Premier Bank
Ambrea Mikolajczyk | ARK Restoration & Construction
David Ross | Toledo Arts Commission
Marvin Whitfield | Big Brothers Big Sisters
Deborah Flores | Zepf Center
Valerie Moffit | LISC
Shawn Wood | Hope Toledo
Dave Zenk | Metro Parks of the Toledo Area
A pillar committee was established for each pillar. In order to ensure diverse representation in leading the design of the plan, pillars co-chairs were selected from the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Pillar co-chairs were also selected from the committee that co-wrote The Black Agenda, to ensure recommendations from the document were incorporated into the final TREIC plan. Pillars were populated with volunteers that had expertise or interest in the focus area.
An online whiteboard tool called “Miro” was used by each pillar to collaborate on developing ideas, strategies, and ultimately the consensus necessary to move the plan forward. Participants were asked a series of questions to help focus the issues and generate ideas and strategies. While each pillar group used the same or similar questions, the participants viewed and constructed their answers through the pillar-specific lens (housing, education, social justice, etc.). Examples of questions included: What is equity? What is the quality of life conditions we want for our community? How do we address the root causes of poverty? How do we remove barriers to systemic racism? How do we build wealth within communities of color?
The data walk was an interactive way to share data with community stakeholders, including residents, community leaders, non-profit organizations, government, and elected officials. Data were displayed on large boards to allow residents to tour data exhibits and provide feedback on the data. The information gathered was shared with the pillar committees to be considered when identifying priorities.
Action Plan Presentation and Feedback Session
An in-person presentation of the draft plan was presented to stakeholders for additional feedback prior to finalizing the plan. HSG facilitators and pillar co-chairs shared the process used to develop the plan, objectives, action items, and best practices. Participants were given an opportunity to share feedback through sticky notes for consideration in the final editing of the plan.