The Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) is working to advance racial equity and increase opportunities for all communities. GARE is building the field of practice to advance racial equity within and through government.
GARE was launched by the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society (HIFIS) at the University of California Berkeley in early 2014. In the Fall of 2015, GARE was established as a joint project of HIFIS and the Center for Social Inclusion (CSI), with GARE formally establishing itself as a program of CSI. In 2017, CSI merged with Race Forward, a national tax-exempt non-profit organization that catalyzes community, government, and other institutions to dismantle structural racial inequity and create equitable outcomes for all. Race Forward crafts and applies tools and strategies to transform our nation’s policies and practices, in order to achieve racial equity.
How does a jurisdiction become a member?
Jurisdictions interested in becoming Core or Associate members of GARE should complete the application form below or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a membership application.
Jurisdictions that are currently enrolled in one of the regional “Advancing Racial Equity Learning Years” will have the opportunity to complete the GARE Network application form and become GARE Network members for the duration of the cohort. Membership is on an annual basis. Jurisdictions may become members at any point during the year, with renewals taking place on an annual basis.
The GARE Network application process is intended to identify jurisdictional interests and to determine appropriate membership status. Information provided (name of jurisdiction, website, individual contact information, information related to the jurisdiction’s racial equity initiatives, policies, practices and goals, and media coverage on work related to advancing racial equity initiatives) will be shared with other members of the Network to help establish and expand relationships.
For information about membership, contact email@example.com.
For media inquiries, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the GARE Membership Network?
GARE Membership Network members collectively determine work plan priorities and lead the work to carry them out ( subject to Race Forward’s legal and budgetary parameters and its organizational goals). GARE builds and strengthens the connections between members in order to quickly access each other’s knowledge and expertise to achieve better, more effective outcomes at scale. The connections fostered by GARE have become increasingly important as government at multiple levels (cities, counties, regional jurisdictions, states and the federal government) works to advance racial equity and transform government into an effective and inclusive democracy.
The GARE Membership Network work plan priorities are determined by our members. Sometimes individual members are interested in supplemental technical assistance, such as conducting jurisdictional racial equity assessments, developing racial equity work plans, conducting racial equity training or capacity building, etc. Other members may be exploring the implications of committing to centering racial equity in their policies, practices, and programs for the first time. What binds the network is that regardless of the development arc a jurisdiction, each remains committed to taking the steps necessary to advance racial equity effectively within their respective institutions. Members may enter into supplemental contracts with Race Forward for such jurisdiction-specific work to be performed by Race Forward/ GARE or its Technical Assistance Advisory Group.
GARE Strategies & Approach to Racial Equity
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What are the GARE Membership Network belief statements?
- Race matters – although tensions or anxiety can sometimes be a part of conversations about race, we know it is necessary for us to name race head-on, both in the details of our work and how we work with each other.
- Inclusion matters – people impacted by a decision should be engaged in the decision-making process.
- History matters – while the institution of racism was created well before our time, we are dealing with both the historical legacy and current reality. Racism and racial inequities have resulted in trauma, both to individuals and to communities. A trauma-informed approach to our work is necessary for our collective humanity.
- Leadership matters – Transforming our systems towards greater racial equity requires consistent and courageous leadership. We recognize the importance of formal and informal leadership. We support formal leadership working to advance racial equity, as well as the development of emerging leadership.
- Understanding matters – Our institutions, systems and structures are complex. To transform our institutions and organizational cultures, it is critical that we develop a more nuanced understanding of that complexity. This includes moving beyond only quantitative approaches and incorporating qualitative and experiential ways of knowing
- Movement matters – Racial inequities have been intentionally created and maintained over an extended period of time. They will not disappear on their own. To advance racial equity, we must be organizing within our own institutions and across institutions, always putting community at the center.
We believe that a racial equity movement must build and expand the engagement of governmental jurisdictions (and others) across the country.
- Power matters – Because power has so often been used to perpetuate inequities, we recognize that we can sometimes have an awkward relationship with power. We believe in intentionally examining, considering, negotiating and claiming power that advances racial equity.
- Learning matters – Creating environments of learning within and between our organizations will help to replicate success, expand learning from each other’s experiences and leverage change. Our network and this movement will benefit from continuous, intentional learning and feedback.
In the spirit of continuous learning, we will refine these statements on a routine basis.
What does it mean to be a member? What are the membership benefits?
Core Members pay annual dues on a sliding scale, based on number of employees:
- Up to 1,000 employees = $1,000
- 1,001 to 4,000 employees = $5,000
- 4,001 to 8,000 employees = $7,500
- 8,001 to 14,000 employees = $12,500
- 14,001 to 20,000 employees = $17,500
- More than 20,000 employees = $22,500
A jurisdiction may become a member at any point during the year; annual renewal dates will be based on the original date of joining, subject to completion of the membership renewal process.
State/Regional Agency Members are eligible to receive Core Membership benefits on a sliding scale based on number of employees:
- Up to 500 employees = $2,500/year
- 501-4,000 employees = $5,000/year
- 4,001 – 10,000 employees = $8,000/year
- More than 10,000 employees = $15,000/ year
Offices, Divisions, or Departments within state-wide or multi-jurisdictional agencies are eligible for this state/regional membership.
Associate Member dues are also on a sliding scale based on number of employees:
- Up to 4,000 employees = $2,000/year
- 4,001 – 14,000 employees = $4,000/year
- More than 14,000 employees = $6,000/ year
Associate Members can participate in group activities related to their specific department’s focus, as well as other activities on a space-available basis, but cannot apply for Implementation and Innovation Funding.
How are regional hubs developed and supported?
Because racial inequities cut across city and county boundaries, expanding relationships that support the development of regional cross-jurisdiction, cross-sector strategies is critical for maximizing our impact. For cross-jurisdictional work to be effective, it is important that a critical mass of jurisdictions have begun to implement efforts aimed at eliminating institutional racism within their own jurisdiction. A critical mass within a region can help to normalize the expectation that government can and should be working to advance racial equity.
GARE is also working with individual jurisdictions across all regions of the country. It is clear that regions are at varying developmental phases. The role that GARE is playing differs from region to region based on the developmental phase and needs of the region. The Steering Committee provides the opportunity to support and expand regional networks. For regions with traction / critical mass, GARE’s national fund development can be used to leverage local foundation dollars to provide additional regional infrastructure.
What are Subject Area Working Groups?
Subject Area Working Groups
Building peer-to-peer relationships based on subject area expertise helps to expand the field of practice, share success, and problem solve challenges. When becoming a GARE member, jurisdictions complete a directory of key point people by topic, e.g., workforce equity, contracting equity, policing, libraries, equitable development, etc. Members identity priority subject area to explore opportunities or challenges, and staff support is assigned based on these priorities. Specific action items may emerge via implementation of the annual workplan. Learn more about Subject Area Working Groups here.
2019 Government Alliance on Race and Equity Membership Network Governance
How does the GARE Membership Network make decisions?
The success of GARE as a network is largely dependent on the engagement of its members. Members collectively determine priorities and lead the work to carry them out (subject to Race Forward’s legal and budgetary parameters and its organizational goals).
All bodies of GARE, including the Steering Committee, regional networks, and subject area committees will strive to make decisions by consensus. We believe collaborative and inclusive decision-making where members are engaged in the development and implementation of decisions will strengthen our work as a network. As a resource, we will utilize the “Short Guide to Consensus Decision Making” from Seeds for Change. In the unanticipated but potential event of conflict, and when decisions must be made, decisions may be deferred to the Steering Committee, or the Steering Committee may defer to the Director of GARE, the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society Director, and the President of Race Forward. It is important to note that GARE is a program of Race Forward, a national tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code, therefore, all decisions must be in furtherance of Race Forward’s mission, organizational goals, and charitable activities. Routine administrative decisions and overall oversight for the activities of GARE and its programs, including the GARE Membership Network, will be the responsibility of Race Forward.
Decisions relating to our field of practice, as delineated in issue papers, strategies and model policies will be developed making best use of our own internal expertise, supplemented by our Technical Assistance Advisory Group and academic experts. Our collective work should set the bar for what jurisdictions are working towards individually. Jurisdictions are situated differently and have jurisdiction-specific priorities and challenges; having shared collective priorities and strategies will help to develop our field of practice. GARE sets the vision for transformation, with jurisdictional implementation varying from place to place.