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Calls and Convenings

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To access the notes and materials from our calls and convenings, please click on the event you want. We'll provide brief synopses of each event to help you find the materials you are looking for. If you can't find them, please feel free to reach out to Stephanie.

June 2019 | Racial Equity Work at HUD and USICH

During our June call, we heard from Lisa Coffman at HUD and Joe Savage at USICH about the racial equity work their agencies are undertaking. Lisa shared some information about the upcoming NOFA and her thoughts on how funders can be good partners in this work. Joe shared a bit about USICH's upcoming racial equity guide and what kind of support he thinks CoCs can use related to addressing racial disparities in the homelessness system. 

May 2019 | Centering Customer Voice in Systems Change

Continuing the conversation from our April call, in May we dove deeper about what it means to center customer voice in systems change work. We were joined by Marc Dones, Azia Ruff, Mary Flower, and Danielle Winslow to learn about how people experiencing homelessness, especially from overrepresented populations, provided feedback for this work; how we can support systems change to be more equitable; and what we need to do to make sure that we are truly centering people experiencing homelessness in a new, more equitable system. 

April 2019 | Centering People with Lived Experience

At the March convening in Portland, participants named centering people with lived experience as a critical first step to advancing racial equity. During our April call, we talked about ways funders can support the centering of people with lived experience. 

March 2019 | Building our Learning Community

During our first in-person convening, we gathered to build relationships and deepen trust, share resources and learn from each other, and identify ways to collaborate. We learned from other foundation leaders and case studies about operationalizing racial equity and shared experiences through a organizational self-assessment. Through case consultations, we supported our peers who brought challenges to the table for peer support and input. As a group, we brought forth our most pressing questions and valuable resources and talked about the work for this community of practice as a whole. And, of course, we found moments of joy and appreciation for each other. 

February 2019 | Update on SPARC Work & Foundational Knowledge

During this call, we heard an update from Jeff Olivet and Regina Cannon about SPARC's current and upcoming work. Participants asked questions about centering the voices of people with lived experience, the role of CEOs, and engaging cross-system partners. Kelly, from Cisco in Santa Clara, shared a bit about the SPARC work that just launched the week before. Stephanie then shared some themes from her intake calls with participants before transitioning into talking about the foundational knowledge participants should have before the March convening. Participants heard from Tina Gridiron, who introduced The Giving Practice and shared information about the March convening. 

January 2019 | Kicking Off Foundations for Racial Equity

During this call, we kicked off our cohort program with quick introductions and a review of the goals for this group. Stephanie provided some brief updates about what other partners are up to, including the National Working Group on Racial Equity that met January 22-23 in DC, and previewed what the March convening might look like. Participants on the call provided input about what they wanted to discuss and learn together.

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