Implementing Equity Frameworks: Creating Systemic Change

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Series is generously sponsored by Vanderbilt University.

What does equity mean, anyways?

In order to dismantle deeply rooted social and economic disparities, we must be intentional about addressing systemic inequities. Yet it can be difficult to quantify equity or to make this work tangible. One strategy is crafting and implementing equitable policies and practices in our institutions. In this workshop, join Metro Human Relations Commission Executive Director (and former ACLU lawyer), Mel Fowler-Green, to learn why an equity framework is important, how it can lead to systemic change, and how to implement and evaluate equitable policies and practices in your organization and community. This workshop will also include facilitated discussion about what a Nashville-centric equity framework might look like.

Topics Addressed: collective impact, equity, systems change

Course Level: Intermediate

Who should attend:

  • Nonprofit board members or leaders wanting to learn more about equity.
  • Executives looking for strategies to implement Collective Impact in their nonprofit.
  • CNM Members working toward their Collective Impact Certificate.

Method of Facilitation: lecture, group discussion, group activities

This work will amplify the impact of nonprofits by helping participants:

  • Learn what the basics of equity frameworks are and why they matter.
  • Understand what barriers Nashville organizations are facing in achieving equity.
  • Explore tools for how to implement equity processes in your organization.

Quotes from previous participants: "Excellent content, tools, facilitation and discussion!"

If you are interested in the Collective Impact Certificate:

To enroll in the Collective Impact Certificate, members must enroll in the following courses:


Certificate: CNM Collective Impact:

either Spring (

or Fall (

*Once you are enrolled in the Certificate, CNM will register you for the core classes (Introduction to Collective Impact, Implementing Equity Frameworks, and Community Engagement). Registering for the core classes individually does not put you in the certificate.

Elective (chose two):

Gathering Data Equitably

Crucial Conversations

Systems Change

Building Your Equity Lens


October 22, 2019; 9:00 AM to October 22, 2019; 3:30 PM
End Date
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
$130.00 for Members; $215.00 for nonmembers; $130.00 for students

Subject Area(s)
Collective Impact
Center for Nonprofit Management
Other Details
Lunch Included


This workshop has already started and registrations are no longer being accepted. If you are interested in taking this course, please refer to the list below to find another time with the course will be offered.

This workshop is not currently offered at any other times.