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2020 Racial Equity Capacity Offerings

UPDATE: Forward Through Ferguson is going virtual for all of our Racial Equity Capacity Offerings during the COVID-19 crisis. Activating our institutions to support the most vulnerable is more important than ever during these unprecedented times. Read more in our blog post.

Ready to achieve Racial Equity with the #STL2039 vision?

Register below to join Forward Through Ferguson’s team of Catalysts for upcoming opportunities to build your organization’s capacity to envision and achieve Racial Equity.


FTF acts as a wayfinder, not as a replacement for diversity, equity, and inclusion trainers. We help people and institutions find their starting point, strategize the journey forward, create next practices, and discover how to be a radically accountable partner in systems change.

Register below!

2020 Offerings

STL2039 Workshops
For teams of three to five

Racial Equity Roundtable
Yearly membership:
Starting June 2020

Systems Change Primer
3-hour workshop for individuals

Racial Equity Capacity Assessment
Facilitated assessment for
organizations, coalitions, or partnerships

General Consulting
Supporting organizations through a Systems-Change approach to Racial Equity

Resources, Tools, & Frequently Asked Questions


Racial Equity can be defined as “a state in which life outcomes are no longer predictable by race.” Forward Through Ferguson works to catalyze a St. Louis where systems work well for people of all races. This transformative vision centers a St. Louis where race and zip code will no longer influence life outcomes like obtaining a quality education, earning a living wage, and having affordable housing in a safe neighborhood. The Build Racial Equity Capacity strategy from FTF’s #STL2039 Action Plan includes:

  • Conducting workshops, interventions, and assessments that support institutional transformation
  • Creating and sharing curated toolkits to support institutions transforming towards Racial Equity
  • Publicly tracking institutional and regional progress towards Racial Equity with accountability to the Ferguson Commission Report
  • Amplifying success stories of institutions transforming towards Racial Equity
  • Convening REDI (Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) and Organizational Development practitioners to foster synergy and measurable progress towards Racial Equity

#STL2039 Workshops

Now Virtual! Two consecutive 4-hour days for teams of 3-5 (e.g. Wednesday and following Wednesday)

Participants are invited to attend in teams of three to five from their institution to this two-day workshop on systemic, actionable Racial Equity visioning. Facilitators will leverage materials from the Ferguson Commission Report, FTF’s Path to Racial Equity Tool, the #STL2039 Action Plan, and more. Participants will determine and name the role their organization can play in accelerating action towards #STL2039 — a racially equitable St. Louis region by 2039. Please note that there is a week in between the dates of the workshop modules to allow participants to share learnings with their organizations and build the responses.

Outcomes — What will we do?

  • Establish shared language and understanding around Racial Equity and systems change
  • Conduct an organizational assessment of systemic barriers facing your work and strategies to address them
  • Draft an initial, outcomes-based #STL2039 vision for your organization with alignment to the Regional Equity Indicators Dashboard and the Ferguson Commission Report’s Calls to Action

Application & Fees: Workshop fee is $2,500.00 per group of three to five people. Limited scholarships available. Register here.

Testimonials from participants.

2020 Workshop Dates (Virtual):

  • November 10 (Tue) & November 17 (Tue)
  • Register by November 3rd, 9:00am!

Racial Equity Roundtable

Now Virtual! Yearly membership into Roundtable cohort for two individuals from an institution, starting June 2020

Roundtable Applications are now available! Complete yours here.

The Racial Equity Roundtable is a membership-based, monthly engagement opportunity for institutions committed to equity to problem-solve, self-assess, build relationships, and expand their depth of knowledge of Racial Equity. The shared learnings, assessments, and follow-up tasks are aimed to catalyze shifts in organizational development and transformation work.

Outcomes—What will you get?

  • Leadership development leveraging Anti-bias, Antiracist, and Systems Change strategies
  • In-depth case studies of participating institutions and problem solving practices
  • An initial Racial Equity outcomes assessment of your institution
  • An accountable and radically collaborative network of organizational leaders
  • First access to new FTF tools and frameworks for Racial Equity transformation

Informational Sessions (Virtual):

Roundtable Applications and Informational Sessions are closed.  

Systems Change Primer

Now Virtual! A 3-hour workshop for individuals.

Testimonial from a participant.

The Systems Change Primer is a workshop designed to refresh and reiterate the key tenants of System Change methodology as explicitly tied to achieving Racial Equity. Facilitators will offer shared learning on the urgency of Systems Change and guide the organization in a radically candid discussion on the systemic barriers to change in your sector and the key strategies needed to advance Racial Equity through the lens of systems transformation.

*Coming mid July will be a session specifically for local City, County, and State Legislators and Representatives. Encourage your officials to sign up by sharing this page with them.

Join us at an upcoming System Change Primer!

  • Saturday, September 26 (8:30am – 12:00pm)

Outcomes—What will you get?

  • In-depth presentation on the systemic landscape that fuels racial inequities in Saint Louis
  • An organizational assessment of systemic barriers facing your work and strategies to address them
  • Insights into the necessary perspectives for Systems Change and the roles best suited for your institution
  • An overview of FTF toolkits and recommendations for Racial Equity transformation

Registration & Fees: Systems Change Primer is $120 per individual registrant. Registration is open. Fill out the registration form here. Team members within an institution, collaborative partnerships, or institutions from the same sector are encouraged to apply and participate together.

Racial Equity Capacity Assessment

Now Virtual! A Facilitated Assessment for an Organization, Coalition, or Partnership

The Racial Equity Capacity Assessment is a facilitated survey of stakeholders within an organization, coalition, or partnership. The assessment is designed to provide a clear perspective on the entity’s current starting point and reveal key priority areas of focus for ongoing Racial Equity capacity-building.

Outcomes—What will you get?

  • Facilitated scoping conversation on desired outcomes and customization
  • Presentations to survey participants to establish shared language and terms
  • Completed Racial Equity Capacity Assessment with stakeholders
  • Guided conversation to understand results and strategize initial next steps

Registration & Fees: The Racial Equity Assessment process fees based on the number of participants and customization, beginning at $5,000 for up to 50 process participants. Inquire through our interest form.

General Consultation

General Consultations assist organizations through a Systems-Change approach to Racial Equity. FTF’s General Consultations are not Diversity and Inclusion training, or a substitution to explicit level-setting within your organization. We seek to join organizations’ work as wayfinders and guides who will help you own the trajectory of your organization’s Path to Racial Equity.

Outcomes—What are the options for our consulting?

  • Facilitated, collaborative planning time to build your capacity for Racial Equity utilizing a Systems-Change lens
  • A version of the 2020 offerings above held specifically for your institution, coalition, or partners.
  • Application of the principles of Racial Equity work to a particular initiative within your institution
  • Connections to services offered by local DEI and Organizational Development practitioners or potential sector-based partners

Inquiries: General Consultations are offered on a case by case basis. Inquire through the interest form.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Forward Through Ferguson?

Forward Through Ferguson (FTF) was established as a 501(c)3 to be a catalyst for lasting positive change in the St. Louis region as outlined in the Ferguson Commission Report. Embracing the Commission’s mandate. FTF centers impacted communities and mobilizes accountable bodies to advance racially equitable systems and policies that ensure all people in the St. Louis region can thrive.

Is FTF a diversity and inclusion trainer?

No. FTF does not operate as a diversity and inclusion trainer or practitioner. FTF was created to carry forth the community insight and vision of the Ferguson Commission, which identified the need for defining the path for individuals, organizations and institutions, and the region to move from awareness of racial inequities to transformational action that eliminates those inequities.

We are invested in building St. Louis’ muscle for activating on Racial Equity and Systems Change. In practice, this means we’ve served as infrastructure builders and “wayfinders”—helping organizations, institutions, and sectors assess where they are, orient themselves on the path to Racial Equity, develop a plan of action, and connect to capacity-building resources (including trainers, specialists, tools and models).

Who does FTF work with?

Forward Through Ferguson, in the tradition of the Ferguson Commission, works with organizations across traditional power hierarchies and sectors while working to maintain ultimate accountability to affected communities of color. FTF has worked with service and advocacy nonprofits, grassroots organizations, government offices and officials, foundations, research institutions, school districts, and corporations.

Tools and Frameworks

Part of our mission is to capture learnings and outcomes into tools for catalysts across the region, of all kinds, who want to advance Racial Equity. Some of the Racial Equity tools we’ve helped produce include:

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