Ruby White Starr
The Transformational Collaborations: Considerations to Apply a Racial Equity Lens will help expose the subtle, yet pervasive mechanisms that lead to the marginalization of people of color and culturally specific organizations (CSO’s). There is a strong interest and movement towards collaboration in the victim services field. In many cases, partnerships such as cooperation, coordination and collaboration are conflated. It is not uncommon, upon examination of collaborations to find they amount to little more than a referral network, function independently, and centralize leadership and control. This can occur in both partnerships that include, and those that exclude or marginalize CSO’s.