The Department of Juvenile Services (DJS) Race Equity Framework drives the agency's will, skill, and knowledge to operationalize principles of racial and ethnic equity in order to achieve and sustain results.
Language is a key component of the Race Equity Framework. Before engaging in race-focused dialogues, it is important to establish a shared common language as a means to sustain and deepen conversations about race, racism, and race equity in an organization. Once establishing a shared common language, it is equally as important to create space, opportunity, and courage for organizational members to engage in race-based dialogue.
DJS has adopted Glenn E. Singleton’s, “Courageous Conversations About Race” as a protocol for effectively engaging, sustaining, and deepening interracial and intra-racial dialogue.
Inclusion of marginalized group is essential to creating an environment of shared power and access to resources. The agency must partner with youth and families to ensure that we understand the unique needs of marginalized communities and respond in culturally appropriate ways that advance positive outcomes.
Capacity building develops staff aptitude and skills to engage in racial and ethnic content and equitable solutions, and creating opportunities to practice being equitable in real time. DJS creates capacity for staff through professional educational training, seminars, webinars, and equity labs.
Applying an equity lens requires routinely examining the impact of decision making explicitly for youth of color, their families, and their communities. With the Racial Impact Assessment Lens (RIAL), the department is able to identify any policies, practices, or programs that perpetuates disparate outcomes for marginalized populations that we serve.
DJS uses the race equity framework to operationalize racial equity in agency culture and operations by mitigating disparate impact, advancing opportunities to improve youth and family outcomes, and dismantle structures that create or perpetuate racial disparities in the system.
Results define progress and success indicators with measurable outcomes.