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Adult & Child Agency Inventories

Beloved Community works to build sustainable change by supporting regions to further their collaborative journey for racial and economic equity, and by centering marginalized populations in the march towards the beloved community. This looks like empowering teams to drive change in housing, workforce and education through the Equity Tool Suite and thought partnership; guiding leaders through capacity-building sessions + Equity Work Plans; and curating customized frameworks for operationalizing equity commitments. Beloved Community is led by Rhonda J. Broussard and headquartered in New Orleans.

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The Inventories provide resources for operationalizing Belonging – the most commonly shared area of need in K-12 schools. Inclusion, and more specifically Belonging, are the two lowest average scores on K-12 Equity Audits.

Piloting the Inventories is an ongoing project that incorporates shared voice and shared power in developing the next tool in Beloved Community’s Equity Tool Suite.

Background information

Beloved Community is partnering with K-12 schools to pilot its Adult & Child Agency Inventories. Nearly 600 organizations, including K-12 schools, corporations/companies, non-profit organizations, and public agencies have completed Beloved Community’s organizational self-assessment – the Equity Audit. When making meaning of results from the audit, schools often ask, “What’s next? How will we measure the areas in which we want to improve?” This project, through the creation of the Adult & Child Agency Inventories, addresses this call from practitioners. This tool was produced out of the need to align specific behaviors and policies that operationalize belonging and ensure alignment to the local context through data collection.

The Inventories serve as an example of how to operationalize agency and belonging. The inventories are structured to align with the components of Beloved Community’s Adult & Child Agency Cycles and serve as a “mini-audit” to check for belonging at every level of the institution. This work was created as an adaptation of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. For example, instead of self-actualization, the tool uplifts collectivism and community care to counter the myth of meritocracy. The tool is informed by research on adult belonging in the workplace, child development and learning theories, and developmentally appropriate best practices. This tool is also informed by Tema Okun’s work on White Supremacy Culture, CASEL’s social emotional learning competencies and GALLUP’s Q12 Index.

Contact Information

For more information on Beloved Community’s work, please contact Lauren Young.

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