The Two Tomorrows has challenged Northeast Ohio to design new approaches to combat systemic racial exclusion, an issue that is significantly limiting our region’s economic growth. When addressing issues of systemic racial exclusion, individual interventions and isolated programs have proven insufficient in reversing centuries-long trends.
Our Fund has formally stated that effectively advancing systemic racial inclusion requires changing minds, changing policies, changing practices, and changing laws. We intend to do this through:
Awareness: Embedding an awareness of the history, data and realities of racial exclusion; including sponsoring members to attend the Racial Equity Institute training sessions.
Action: Our Fund will focus our research efforts on the systems that are perpetuating systemic racial exclusion while advancing systemic interventions that are responsive to that research (e.g., job hubs, addressing spatial mismatch through mobility innovations, and quantifying the economic impact of collateral sanctions).
Accountability: We must continue to hold our region, our Fund, our organizations, and ourselves accountable for a more systemically inclusive economy.
Research that fully disaggregates data by race represents one avenue for increasing awareness. The below slides represent the Fund’s latest research on racial income inequality across all industries in the Cleveland MSA.
A large opportunity to improve racial equity exists within our region – how can we each think differently as individuals, organizations and collectives to achieve this greater shared prosperity? For more information or to inquire about a presentation of this research to your organization, please contact Vice President Kevin Alin.
Download the research here.