Racial Equity and Inclusion

Racial equity work covers several levels of change, including individual transformation, leadership, processes targeted to organizational or community level change, and movement building. In FY 19-20 the Institute funded two projects to study research that examines biases that result in disparity within the child welfare system or among dually served/crossover youth in Florida. The University of South Florida Department of Child & Family Studies conducted a mixed methods study to examine whether different models of treatment programs for crossover youth are effective in meeting the needs of minority families and producing equitable outcomes across racial and ethnic groups. The Broward County Children Services Council examined the racial disparity in Broward County’s child welfare removals through a Community Participatory Action Research (CPAR) framework that employs a racial equity lens.

Additionally, the Institute engaged an expert to educate stakeholders to better understand how power, privilege, and oppression systematically marginalize, exclude and discriminate against people through oppressive actions and isolation.



Published Materials

An Examination of Racial Disparities in the Experiences and Outcomes of Crossover Youth

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  • Lodi Rohrer, MSPH, University of South Florida
  • Roxann McNeish, Ph.D., University of South Florida


Community Participatory Action Research: Co-Researching Disparities with Broward’s Child Welfare Participants and System Partners

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  • Dr. Sue Gallagher, University of South Florida
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