Organizational Self-Assessment Related to Racial Equity

February 3, 2021

Introduction to the Racial Equity Self-Assessment

In October 2017, the Partnership’s Executive Committee determined that its approach to racial equity would begin with a baseline racial equity assessment of our partner organizations to drive discussion and take collective action. The Tool for Organizational Self-Assessment Related to Racial Equity, originally developed by Coalition of Communities of Color for All Hands Raised Portland (2013) and adapted for Marin Promise Partnership, was recommended for partners to gather an overview of their policies and practices as they relate to racial equity. Read More…

The persistence of deep racial disparities and divisions across society is evidence of institutional racism––the routine, often invisible and unintentional, production of inequitable social opportunities and outcomes. When racial equity is not consciously addressed, racial inequality is often unconsciously replicated.

  • Understand the shifts made within organizations since they first took the assessment, while supporting new partner organizations to take the assessment–resulting in a 2021 partnership “score.”
  • To explore which racial/ethnic groups are most advantaged and disadvantaged in an institution’s policies and practices and:
  • To reduce racial disparities and advance racial equity within Partner institutions and across the entire Partnership (and county) by being BOLD and COURAGEOUS.

The Partnership Will:

  • Proactively seek to eliminate inequities and advance racial equity in policy and program development, budgeting, planning and decision-making once institutions review their practices
  • Thoughtfully consider the impacts of proposed decisions on different racial/ethnic groups, with added attention to stakeholders who are most disadvantaged or marginalized within Partner institutions.
  • Identify clear goals and objectives, measurable outcomes, and tasks and timelines individually, institutionally, and structurally ACROSS the county.
  • Develop mechanisms for successful implementation, documentation and evaluation.

Taking the Self-Assessment

Partnership Council Members: Please complete the Self-Assessment by Tuesday March 30, 2021

  1. Put together a team of people you want to review the questions with. Ideally, you work with 2-6 people. Some organizations choose to work with their leadership team while others look for a multi-level team.
  2. Pass out the questions (see “Resources” section) to your team. Ask each person to fill out the questions themselves independently. Be sure they include any thoughts/reflections/notes in the margins for later review and discussion.
  3. Once each person considers their own answers, you will get together (Zoom, Hangouts etc.) to collectively agree on your answers and the rating for each category.
  4. After you’ve reached a consensus, ONE person should complete the online assessment with the agreed-upon responses so that your organization has a single score for each answer and a single rating for each rubric.


Please distribute this document to the team that will support you in completing the self-assessment. Ask everyone to respond individually and then meet to aggregate responses & agree on a single organizational response.

Self-Assessment Questions Document

  • 10,000 Degrees
  • Aim High
  • Bridge the Gap College Prep
  • Canal Alliance
  • College of Marin
  • Community Action Marin (CAM)
  • Dominican University of California
  • Education, Excellence, Equity (E3)
  • Kentfield Schools
  • League of Women Voters Marin County (LWVMC)
  • Marin County Free Library
  • Marin County Office of Education
  • Marin Economic Forum
  • Marin Housing Authority
  • Marin Interfaith Council
  • Marin Organizing Committee
  • MPP Backbone
  • Novato Unified School District
  • North Marin Community Services (formerly Novato Youth Center)
  • Parent Services Project
  • PBLWorks – Buck Institute for Education
  • Ross Valley Schools
  • San Geronimo Valley Community Center
  • San Rafael City Schools
  • Schools Rule
  • Shoreline Unified School District
  • Tamalpais Union High School District
  • Youth Leadership Institute