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Anti-Racism Advisory Committee

The Anti-Racism Advisory Committee (ARAC) is one of multiple elements of BPHC's Racial Justice and Health Equity Priority. Established in May 2008, ARAC helps BPHC to align its programs, policies, and practices within a racial justice and health equity framework to help build organizational capacity to reduce inequities across the city.

visual timeline of ARAC's work

Internal Policy Work 
Since its founding, ARAC has supported the Commission's organizational change process. ARAC played a significant role in developing an updated organizational identity statement (mission, vision, and guiding principles) that reflects BPHC's priority in addressing racism as a root cause of health inequities 


Through all-staff surveys, ARAC has developed internal policy recommendations with many of these policy recommendations having been adopted and implemented, such as the Employee Exit Interview. ARAC's work continues as we aim to uplift staff voices to align policies and practices with BPHC's racial justice and health equity priorities. 

 

Facilitated Staff Learning 
ARAC also devotes time to providing opportunities for personal and professional learning and growth of all staff through events such as the Staff Learning Sessions and the annual Stand Against Racism events. 

Photo of a staff learning session

Stand Against Racism 

Each year, ARAC participates in the YWCA sponsored Stand Against Racism, a movement that was initiated in 2008 to raise awareness that racism still exists in our communities and it can and should no longer be ignored or tolerated. Stand Against Racism brings organizations together, who believe that, like the YWCA, united we can eliminate racism.

Graphic with the words Moving Equity Forward 

Last updated 2/27/2020

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