Gathering Tools at The People’s Gathering

Filed Under: Philanthropy - Posted @ 5:06pm

As part of our commitment to ongoing professional development, Greater Tacoma Community Foundation staff participated in The People’s Gathering at Pacific Lutheran University this week. We joined with more than 300 professionals from state agencies, education, and nonprofits to engage in frank and open dialogue about race and racial disparities present in work, school, and everyday life.

World Trust frame of the System of Inequity, the relational elements among the internal and external components of Racialization are named.

The conference provided opportunities to deepen our personal understanding of issues connected to systemic racism. Through one-on-one and group discussion, the conference launched a conversation about what we can do to address these issues in our community.

We learned about many valuable resources.  Below are some tools that can help build awareness, knowledge, and skills for creating an inclusive culture.

Personal Evaluation Resources

Cultural Competency Rubric
This tool helps you examine where you are with Cultural Competency and how to measure your improvement.

Implicit Bias Test
This tool, developed by Harvard University, helps provide some insight into your own personal biases

Dr. Shakti Butler

Dr. Shakti Butler

Shakti Butler, Ph.D, filmmaker, and Founder & President of World Trust, was the Key Presenter of the day. She is an educator in the field of diversity and racial equity. At The People’s Gathering, Dr. Butler shared excerpts from some of her films to help clearly define structural racism and introduced tools like:

  • Strategic Questioning
    This conversational guide is aimed at providing a structure that supports effective dialogue about race between individuals.
  • Equity & Empowerment Lens
    This quality improvement tool is used to improve planning, decision-making, and resource allocation leading to more racially equitable policies and programs.


Alana Simmons

(Left) Jewel Diamond Taylor, “The Self-Esteem Doctor” & Conference Facilitator (Right) Melannie Cunnigham, Conference Executive Producer and Director of PLU Multicultural Outreach and Engagement, Campus Ministry

Alana Simmons is the granddaughter of Rev. Daniel L. Simmons, one of the victims in the 2015 shooting at the Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. She shared her story about founding the Hate Won’t Win Movement. The nonprofit works “to create a more culturally cohesive society that appreciates and celebrates differences instead of allowing them to divide us”. 

Learn More

This was the second year of The People’s Gathering conference, and they are planning hold another next year. Get updates and further resources at The People’s Gathering Facebook page.

Our nonprofit directory lists several local nonprofits with a mission to address equity and racism.  However, many organizations in Pierce County apply an equity lens to the work they do, or are working on issues issues connected to systemic racism.

You can also reach out to GTCF’s donor services to find out how individual philanthropy can make a difference for the causes that matter to you.