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Seven Recommendations to Advance Racial Equity in the Workforce System

In the latest guest post on our blog, Desmond Amuh and Paige Shevlin of the Markle Foundation along with Daniel Bustillo of the Healthcare Career Advancement Program (H-CAP) and Clair Minson of Sandra Grace LLC share recommendations to address racial disparities in service provision and labor market outcomes.

Achieving racial equity in the economy will require bold legislative action, including raising the minimum wage and strengthening worker protections. However, there are critical steps that federal, state, and local workforce agencies can take today to start addressing the disparities that exist along lines of race:

  1. Distribute funding equitably to direct more resources to people of color.
  2. Prioritize workforce services that include wraparound supports.
  3. Provide funding to and partner with organizations led by people of color.
  4. Measure the performance of workforce programming by prioritizing the long-term economic security of workers.
  5. Set requirements for employer partnerships, contracting, and procurement that raise overall job quality and labor standards.
  6. Invest in data systems and track disaggregated outcomes.
  7. Diversify workforce leadership and staff and provide training on racial equity.

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Racism and the Economy: Focus on Criminal Justice

July 13 | 12:00 PM EDT | Federal Reserve Bank | Virtual

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Ask Us Anything: The Cost of Inequality in the Labor Market

July 14 | 1:30 PM EDT | Federal Reserve Bank | Virtual
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Black Livelihoods and Economic Recovery in the United States

July 22 | 12:00 PM EDT | McKinsey Live | Virtual

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Leveraging Workers’ Skills for an Inclusive Economy: Tools, Resources, and Evidence

July 22 | 12:00 PM EDT | WorkRise | Virtual

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ASU+GSV Summit

August 9-11 | Arizona State University and Global Silicon Valley | San Diego, CA

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Why Care About Care? Our Economy Depends on it

Asset Funders Network and Economic Opportunity Funders

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The economic state of Black America: What is and what could be

Kinsey Global Institute

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The Future of Community College: Key Policy Lessons From the Pandemic

Jobs for the Future

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Leveraging Federal Investments to Advance a Shared Vision for the Future of Career Technical Education

Advance CTE

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Moving up: Promoting workers’ upward mobility using network analysis

Brookings Institution

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OneTen launching platform connecting Black talent with employers

WorkingNation “Work in Progress” Podcast

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Welcome to the ‘Take This Job and Shove It’ Economy

New York Times

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Ensuring Equitable Access To And Success In Work-Based Learning: A Rhode Island Case

National Governors Association

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Why Many Americans Don’t See the Racial Wealth Gap


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Do you have a new idea for workers? The Workers Lab’s Innovation Fund 2021 application cycle is accepting applications through July 12th. This year, there will be one funding cycle that will award grants of up to $150,000. In addition to receiving funding to give their new idea a chance to succeed, awardees will receive a full year of mentorship, training, and other forms of organizational support.
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ECMC Foundation is hiring for two positions in their Los Angeles office - Program and Evaluation Associate and Program Officer - Special Opportunities.
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The National Fund for Workforce Solutions is hiring a new Director of Worker Success to lead its Equip Workers for Success Solutions team. The ideal candidate will be passionate about expanding economic opportunities for low-wage workers and job seekers with a particular focus on people of color and women.
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