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Recent Updates

In response to mandates emerging from our gatherings with community, we have committed to an intentional, mission-critical process to center equity, especially race equity, across our programs and services, community engagement, and internal operations. We are excited to share updates on this year’s progress!

May

We launched Equity School, a comprehensive slate of interactive learning opportunities for PPGNY staff to cultivate the skills needed to undo the legacy of racism and other systemic bias in our work, and to advance equity in organizational culture and practices. Since launching the initiative, roughly 130 staff (of over 600 total) have participated in at least one of the four course offerings.

Inspired by the vision of a young community member at Reviving Radical, Equity School is one step towards living more fully in our values and mission from the inside, out. 

Equity School Course Offerings

Equity Fundamentals

In this series, participants build knowledge of key concepts such as systemic vs. Interpersonal racism; learn about the history of medical racism and Planned Parenthood’s legacy; cultivate practices to identify and mitigate bias by engaging in constructive conversations about race and learn skills to build trust and accountability across cultural difference.  

Required as a part of onboarding for all new staff.

Managing for Equity and Results

In this series, participants reflect on the influence of personal identity on leadership impact and engage in peer learning on skills and practices required to integrate an equity lens into building, leading, and sustaining diverse, inclusive, and effective teams. 

Equity Proofing Your Function

This is a departmental-level training focused on lifting up and addressing unseen equity impacts in day-to-day work. Participants earn how to operationalize equity in their functional areas, whether this is in finance, human resources, or communications. 

Equity Spotlight

This is a brief dialogue or panel discussion to contextualize a current issue with a (race+) equity lens and apply it to our own work at PPGNY. Examples include: COVID-19 and Anti-Asian Racism, Telehealth and Racial Disparities. 

July

We made the decision to remove Margaret Sanger's name from our Manhattan Health Center. The removal of Margaret Sanger’s name from our building is both a necessary and overdue step to reckon with our legacy and acknowledge Planned Parenthood’s contributions to historical reproductive harm within communities of color. We are also starting conversations with the City Council, the Community Board, and the local community to rename an honorary street sign that marks the “Margaret Sanger Square” at the intersection of Bleecker and Mott Streets in Manhattan. This is an important step, but only the beginning of the work we need to do to address our past and work toward becoming an anti-racist organization.