Organizational Anti-Racism Rubric
Change Often – Social Innovation Firm, in collaboration with High Point University’s Center for Community Engagement, developed this rubric for organizations to evaluate their practices for anti-racism. Anti-racism includes a spectrum of actions done to change, implement, and sustain more just and equitable organizations.
Anti-racism has a range of definitions. One helpful one, created by the Boston University Community Service Center, is that anti-racism is “the practice of actively identifying and opposing racism. The goal of anti-racism is to actively change policies, behaviors, and beliefs that perpetuate racist ideas and actions.”
“BIPOC” refers to Black, Indigenous, and people of Color. BIPOC acknowledges that people of color face varying types of discrimination and prejudice. Additionally, it emphasizes that systemic racism continues to oppress, invalidate, and deeply affect the lives of Black and Indigenous people in ways other people of color may not necessarily experience.
This rubric is a self-assessment tool – not a definitive judgment. We recommend multiple stakeholders within and beyond an organization complete the rubric and then meet to discuss their scores. Together, they can work toward a consensus score to give the organization a starting benchmark for their work. We then recommend selecting one or two areas where work can be focused to improve along the continuum. Keep returning to the rubric – keep pushing your organization to do more and do better.
Instructions: Organizations should give themselves one score in each category that is best representative of the current situation. If the available scores are not reflective enough, the organization may consider using half points. However, the goal of this rubric is for organizations to understand and consider what their score in each row means for them and how to move forward toward anti-racism. Change Often recommends having more than one organization stakeholder complete this rubric.