Progressing the Initiative: WHAT ARE WE DOING TODAY?
We have launched several important efforts as initial steps of the Racial Equity and Inclusion Initiative.
Racial Equity Committee (REC)
To root the Racial Equity and Inclusion Initiative in strong leadership, we enlisted the support of an extraordinary group of leaders and trusted advisors — men and women who have experienced life in a military-connected family, and who have important perspectives to share. The Racial Equity Committee comprises high-ranking military leaders from all branches, wounded warriors, caregivers, and military spouses. This committee has been meeting regularly since this summer. Their perspectives, guidance, and governance are the bedrock of REI.
We have announced an initial group of collaborative partners — organizations that are dedicated to the goals of this initiative and are invested in its success. These partners are providing not only the needed financial sponsorship to make this work possible but also additional resources and leadership training in direct operational support of REI's five impact areas. Our growing list of nonprofit partners will also contribute to training and leadership development programs and serve as potential hiring organizations for leaders who will graduate from these programs.
How It Works
Five Impact Areas of REI
Conducting research via focus groups, applying new lenses to prior surveys, and launching new surveys to further understand the unique experiences of military families of color.
These findings will then be paired with data-driven policy recommendations geared to meaningfully improve experiences.
Assembling and engaging a committee of established leaders who will help inform strategies, programs, and outcomes of the initiative, and provide thought leadership on racial equity to the entire military and Veteran family support sector.
Building a fellowship program that aims to train new cohorts of racially diverse leaders who will help lead efforts to improve the service experiences of military families of color. These comrades of REI will immediately provide leadership at the local and national level, so military-connected families of color can see themselves represented in the support organizations that seek to serve them.
Harnessing the involvement of a cross-sector group of organizations to create collective action, share programs, and drive change across a broad set of stakeholders.
Building programs and engagements that focus directly on improving the experiences of military and Veteran families, fostering inclusion, and increasing the sense of belonging in communities nationwide.
Announcing the launch of REI
On December 16th, 2020, Blue Star Families, members of REI, and our partners and supporters joined together for a special event announcing our efforts to better serve military and Veteran families of color.
tune in to the Behind the Mission Podcast
BTM07 - Kathy Roth-Douquet and Sinclair Harris | Blue Star Families' Racial Equity and Inclusion Initiative
February 23rd, 2021
Length: 24 minutes
Kathy Roth-Douquet, CEO of Blue Star Families, and retired Navy Rear Admiral Sinclair Harris join the Behind the Mission Podcast to talk about diversity, equity, inclusion, and Blue Star Families' Racial Equity and Inclusion Initiative.
Read more about the launch
Organization Launches $1 Million Racial Equity Initiative
The launch of REI was featured in an issue of Military Influencer Magazine. In it, you will learn more about the story behind the launch of this initiative — as told by key stakeholders.