Racial Equity Learning Community
The Racial Equity Learning Community is a cross-county, multi-sector initiative for organizations in Bucks and Montgomery Counties to come together to learn, build relationships, and take action that deepens organizational and collective capacity to advance racial equity and justice. The national best practices of the nINA Collective trainers paired with the expertise and local knowledge of coaches and participants creates a strong framework to advance and sustain learning and equitable action in our community.
Photo credit: artwork by Nikkolas Smith
Learning Community Framework
Community-Building & Action
10 sessions or 21 training hours + 9 coaching hours
Organizational self-assessment related to racial equity + organizational racial equity action plan
Issued-based work groups beginning winter 2023
Please review the organizational commitment, and if this Learning Community aligns with your organization’s readiness, availability, and goals, join us! Participation is offered without cost for up to 30 organizations thanks to the generous investment of RELC funders. Our deep thanks to these funders for their partnership and support of this work! Our big thanks to Montgomery County Government for joining this Learning Community with an additional, government cohort. We are grateful for your commitment to advancing racial equity and justice in this region!
The application process is open September 5 - October 31, 2022. The Racial Equity Learning Community begins January 4, 2023!
The planning partners, the Bucks-Mont Collaborative, Tri-County Community Network, and Interagency Council of Norristown, have made a minimum 3-year commitment to help coordinate this Learning Community.
Meet the Coaches!
- Kaplan Consulting Network
- Metanoia Solutions LLC
- Social Justice Initiative, Bryn Mawr College
- The Kyla Alliance
- YWCA Bucks County
- YWCA Tri-County Area
Dr. MaNesha Stiff is the owner and founder of Metanoia Solutions LLC. MaNesha is a seasoned diversity, equity, and inclusion practitioner known for her bold approach to transforming hearts and minds around DEI. She believes there is no “cookie-cutter” path to advancing DEI and strives to create unique experiences that meet organizations and individuals where they’re at, while working alongside them, challenging them and supporting them to continuously grow along their journey. MaNesha holds a Ph.D. in Education, with a concentration in Higher Education Leadership from Capella University, demonstrating her DEI leadership in senior positions within global organizations.
A detailed learning designer and a powerful facilitator at all levels, MaNesha brings a deep lived experience with knowledge of organizational strategy, and the all important wisdom of how people need to feel as they learn and change. Her intercultural work also plays a role in how she approaches this field. In July of 2022 MaNesha completed her term as President of the Illinois chapter of the Association of Black Women in Higher Education and is a racial equity coach, mediator, and Peace Circle facilitator. In her spare time, MaNesha enjoys working with her mentoring group for young Black and Brown girls, and playing with her dogs, Honeychild, Velvet, and Cocoa.
The SJI seeks to co-create a more equitable world for individuals, families, organizations, and their communities. The SJI provides space for dialogue and reflection through publicly accessible webinars, podcasts, and events as well as coaching and consultations with executive directors, administrative and direct service teams, governing boards, and clients/consumers, largely in the not-for-profit sector. This work has resulted in the SJI’s learning, unlearning, and relearning, which is shared throughout the SJI network of approximately 300 individual and organizational collaborators.
Darlyne Bailey, PhD, LISW, Professor & Dean Emeritus and Director, Social Justice Initiative, Bryn Mawr College; and MSS Candidates, Sarah Spath and Gwenn Prinbeck
YWCA Bucks County staff have significant professional experience in facilitating educational opportunities focused on racial and social justice; all staff are trained in facilitation, mediation and program delivery. This work extends to local schools, non-profit organizations, businesses and individuals. Through the development of a Racial Equity Action plan, the YWCA’s goal is to provide each organization with support to build and/or increase their own capacity to create a culture of equity through organizational learning, organizational action, and community building and action.
Kristin Chapin, Associate Director
Racial equity is prioritized as a key factor in all program design and is paired with trauma responsive practices to provide the most dignified experience for employees and clients, including community members, educational systems, community partners, and for- and not-for-profit organizations.
Kelly Grosser, Chief Mission Impact Officer and Sarah Stump, Mission Engagement Manager