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Racial Equity


Catalyst Miami defines racial equity as the process of removing racial disparities to improve outcomes for everyone. Racial justice envisions eliminating racial hierarchies to achieve collective liberation, where all groups have the power and resources to thrive. Racial justice is the goal. Striving for racial equity is essential to reaching that goal. Catalyst Miami’s power-building work is rooted in racial equity and pursues racial justice. Our initiatives seek to create tangible, measurable benefits for people of color to ultimately achieve a fair society free from racism.





The set of private beliefs, prejudices, and ideas that individuals have about the behaviors of whiteness and the inferiority of people of color. Among people of color, it manifests as internalized oppression. Among white people, it manifests as internalized racial superiority.

The expression of racism between individuals. It occurs when individuals interact, and their private beliefs affect their interactions


  • Mentoring
  • Support groups, mono-racial, gender, and identity group caucuses
  • Healing programs
  • Counseling


  • Diversity trainings-prejudice reduction and cultural competency
  • Cross/inter-identity group dialogues
  • Diverse dinners and community events




The discriminatory treatment, unfair policies and practices, inequitable opportunities, and impacts within organizations and institutions, based on race, that routinely produce racially inequitable outcomes for people of color and advantages for white people. Individuals within institutions take on the power of the institutions when they reinforce racial inequalities.

A system in which public policies, institutional practices, cultural representations, and other norms work in various, often reinforcing ways to perpetuate racial group inequality. It is a racial bias among institutions and across society. It involves the cumulative and compounding effects of an array of societal factors, including the history, culture, ideology, and systematic privilege of white people and disadvantage of people of color.


  • Changing policy (laws, etc.)
  • Challenging discriminatory and exclusionary practices
  • Demanding inclusive power, decision-making, resource sharing


  • Highlighting history, root causes, cumulative impacts
  • Challenging common stereotypes, biases cultural/media images
  • Exposing myths; explaining justice
  • Advancing socially conscious remedies
  • Promoting values  of equity, inclusions, access, and dignity of all