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Advancing Equity: A Case Study

January 17, 2020 @ 9:30 AM3:30 PM EST

Advancing Equity: A Case Study

The Racial Equity Teaching Case is very different from case studies you may already be familiar with. Instead of doing the analysis and drawing conclusions or lessons for you, during this special session you and your colleagues from across philanthropy will explore the relationships and tension points in the case together to make judgments about key decisions.

We’ll draw insights from the story about how a racial equity lens influences decisions over the lifetime of an initiative. You will be put in the role of decision makers who are confronted with problems and varying options for solutions as the story unfolds.

The Racial Equity Teaching Case was developed from The Kresge Foundation’s Climate Resilience and Urban Opportunity (CRUO) initiative. CRUO marked the first time the foundation used an explicit racial equity lens to design and implement an initiative.

Case teaching promotes sound judgment, astute situational analysis, critical thinking, and creativity. Please come prepared with a learning disposition to engage with colleagues.

Instructors: Teri Behrens and Shamar Bibbins
Location: GVSU’s Detroit Center

Individual Registration: $198
Group Registrations: $175 per participant

Deadline to register is Friday, January 10.

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Photo: Teri Behrens

Teri Behrens, Ph.D. is the executive director of the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University. Previously, Dr. Behrens served as director of the Institute for Foundation and Donor Learning, providing professional development resources for donors, foundation staff and those who work with them to implement programs. Dr. Behrens is also the editor in chief for The Foundation Review, the first peer-reviewed journal of philanthropy. Learn more about Teri.

Photo: Shamar Bibbins

Shamar Bibbins serves as a senior program officer for environment at The Kresge Foundation, where her grantmaking supports policies and programs that help communities build resilience in the face of climate change. She plays a lead role managing Kresge’s Climate Change, Health & Equity Initiative (CCHE), a partnership between Kresge’s Environment and Health programs to address the intersecting imperatives of accelerating action on climate change and reducing health disparities. Shamar joined Kresge in 2014, having previously served as the director of national partnerships at Green For All.


January 17, 2020
9:30 AM – 3:30 PM
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Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, Grand Valley State University


Grand Valley State University’s Detroit Center
163 Madison Street
Detroit, MI 48226 United States
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