Beyond culture, diversity, and inclusion: Alternative frameworks for understanding and addressing systemic inequities by design

Session Number: 2826
Track: Nonprofit and Foundations
Session Type: Expert Lecture
Tags: Decolonizing evaluation, Racial and economic justice
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Vidhya Shanker [University of Minnesota ]
Time: Oct 28, 2016 (11:00 AM - 11:45 AM)
Room: A602

Audience Level: Intermediate, Advanced

Session Abstract: 

Increasingly since the mid-1980s and certainly since the 2001 Building Diversity Initiative (BDI) report, the field of evaluation has responded to its heightened awareness of difference along multiple dimensions of identity by invoking language focused on culture, diversity, and inclusion. This discourse has been accompanied by the American Evaluation Association’s efforts to develop cultural competence among individual evaluators and a pipeline of individual evaluators of color. Reflecting neoliberalism’s ideals, the evaluation literature and AEA’s efforts at redress are limited by their emphasis on individuals at the expense of the structural arrangements surrounding evaluation—in particular the nonprofit service industry and its relationship with philanthropy. This session will explore three alternative frameworks for understanding and addressing systemic inequities: Reskin’s Mechanisms-based Model of ascriptive inequality, Young’s Five Faces of Oppression, and Smith’s Three Pillars of White Supremacy. It will illustrate use of these frameworks through program design, evaluation design, and information design.