Building Your Equity Lens

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

Equity can feel like a large and overwhelming concept. We can clearly see the outcomes of systemic inequities, but often feel like these inequities are too overwhelming to effectively address. However, there are specific strategies that can help organizations become more equitable by addressing and changing systemic inequities.

One strategy is to develop a specific set of questions that allow you and your organization to ask yourselves, “Is this policy/practice/program/initiative of ours equitable? If not, why and how can we make it more equitable and fair?” This set of questions is your organization’s equity lens. Join Sarah Bounse to learn about equity and systemic inequities, what an equity lens is, and how to develop and implement your own equity lens, which can lead to systemic change in your organization and community. This workshop will include time and resources to help organizations develop their own specific equity lens for their particular sectors and focus areas.

Topics Addressed: collective impact, equity, systems change

Course Level: Intermediate

Who should attend:

  • Nonprofit board members and leaders wanting to learn more about equity
  • Nonprofit staff members wanting to learn how to implement equity practices in their organization.
  • 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 are and why it matters.
  • Learn the basics of an equity lens and why it matters
  • Learn how to develop their own equity lens and how it will help reach their mission and vision.
  • Understand what barriers Nashville organizations are facing in achieving equity.
  • Explore tools for how to implement equity processes in your organization.
  • Participants will walk away with a drafted equity lens to share with their organization.


August 6, 2019; 9:00 AM to August 6, 2019; 3:30 PM
End Date
Tuesday, August 06, 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.