The Human Services Department’s (HSD) Dismantling Racism Initiative (DRI) is an unprecedented cross-agency, community-wide commitment to interrupt the functions and manifestations of institutional racism negatively impacting people we serve in ways that are reflected in their disparate outcomes. DRI and its educational platform work to change perspectives from and perceptions of a focus on personal bigotry and bias, to develop the capacity of participants to better understand racism in its institutional and structural forms.
Why is it important to Human Services?
DRI is important to Human Services because institutional racism in systems and institutions negatively impacts an individual’s outcomes and life chances. DRI offers crucial education and understanding of how institutions and systems are producing unjust and inequitable outcomes, clearly outlining how a person’s race is a primary indicator and predictor of health, social, education, criminal justice and other outcomes. The DRI is Broward County Human Services Department’s (HSD) commitment to working towards an institutional and collective response towards racial equity, with a vision of creating a Department and county in which a person’s race cannot predict her or his outcome.
What are the goals for 2020?
The 2020 goals include continuing the expansion and sustainability of DRI institutionally. The Budget Supplement proposal approved last year and in effect October 1, 2019, established the Office of Equity and Community Investment, further solidifying HSD’s and the county’s commitment to educating staff and community about institutional and structural racism and working towards racial equity through DRI. Additional Office goals include staffing and standing up the Office as well as doubling and tripling workshop offerings, as possible.