Equity work with meaning and impact begins with a personal learning journey. The USBC places a premium on meaningful opportunities for all voices to be heard. A commitment to diversity and equity infuses our work and decision-making. The USBC believes centering racial equity helps us to maximize our impact in this critical work to build a "landscape of breastfeeding support." The USBC offers a selection of webinar recordings to support individuals' learning journeys with a foundation in racial equity. Please access our Learning Opportunities page for more information about the Racial Equity 101 Series and ongoing sessions.
"As the USBC, we are a network that respects the voices of all stakeholders, and especially aims to center those of the most marginalized. We’ve spent the last few years in a state of transformation into new ways of thinking that center equity, and NOW - USBC is moving into a phase of renewal and rebirth.
In this NEW phase of the USBC we will envision and work for a world that embodies justice and liberation for all – without exception!"
Read Dr. Scott Hartman's full transcript.
"While continuing to center race, it's essential that we consciously expand our efforts to include other social categorizations, such as class, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, etc., as these are people and communities who also experience systemic discrimination. In our work, we must be especially mindful of fostering an environment with our words, actions, and policies where people and organizations representing groups and communities that have been oppressed, forced to the margins, or made invisible are made to feel safe and welcome, as if they belong."
Read more from Nikia Sankofa's "Mission Moment".
"The mission of the USBC is to drive collaborative efforts for policy and practices that create a landscape of breastfeeding support across the United States. This can only happen with each and every one of us at the table, working together and making change together. As part of this collaborative work, we need to continue to look around this virtual table and ask ourselves who is missing, how are we lifting the voices of those most impacted, and how can we do better as a collaborative effort, a national effort, and also within our own individual organizations."
Read Monica Esparza's full "Mission Moment" transcript.
"At the USBC, community-based and cultural organizations, breastfeeding coalitions, national organizations and federal agencies work collaboratively to drive efforts for policy and practices that create a landscape of breastfeeding support across the United States. As a backbone institution, the USBC uses an equity-centered, collective-impact approach to bring together diverse organizations in multi-sectoral collaborations, also known as constellations."
This spotlight, brought to you by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, "shares the story of the USBC’s decade-long journey to advance racial equity in maternal child health policy and practices, starting with its immediate sphere of influence within the organization, then extending to its member organizations and partners. Told from the perspective of both long-standing and more recent executive staff, the spotlight offers candid learning for other collaboratives and networks similarly navigating the complexity of bringing diverse organizations together on a transformative journey."
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