We believe a diverse workforce is a necessity to be successful in our mission. We work to ensure we have considered candidates from a wide range of backgrounds before making a hiring decision. In 2020, we launched a robust program embedded into our recruiting and hiring practices known as the Diverse Slate Practice (DSP). This practice requires that managers consider a wide range of candidates on-site for every position, including considering female applicants and candidates from EEOC underrepresented minority (URM) or protected categories for our technology and operational roles. We identify if someone is a particular demographic through the use of voluntary self-identification (VSI). Here is a snapshot of what representation at CZI looks like.
“Embedding a racial equity lens across CZI’s philanthropic areas of focus will help us drive the impact and results that we are all working to achieve.”
“In order to ensure a Future for Everyone, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion practices must be at the core of what we do here at CZI.”
“DEI is a muscle we need to continue to develop and flex as an organization. The stronger it becomes, the more our culture will be rooted in belonging, dignity and respect. And as a result, CZI will continue to cultivate its employees, strengthen its engagement, and truly develop into an organization that will create a future for everyone.”
“We are committed to DEI because to deliver on CZI's mission, we must actively work to dismantle the systems, structures and attitudes that have perpetuated disparities in this country for decades. That work must start within our walls -- we cannot build a future for everyone without a diverse, equitable and truly inclusive organization and culture.”
“DEI work at CZI is about connecting, building community, and embracing our differences.”
“At CZI, equity isn't a goal. It's a lifelong commitment, both personally and in our work, to build a culture where everyone thrives.”
“Our teams’ diversity and difference are our superpowers and are the center of our culture.”
We are committed to a learning journey to build more trust, transparency, and accountability in our work to make CZI a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization. All CZI employees have access to a repository of DEI resources and baseline DEI data, undergo training by experts in the field, participate in the learning series “Our Shared Learning Journey: Becoming a Conscious Community,” and receive a $2500 stipend towards DEI and racial equity professional development. Our goal is to develop a shared working knowledge of foundational DEI through learning opportunities and resources.
We want everyone—regardless of age, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, ability, nationality, or perspective—to feel excited to work at CZI every day. We're proud of our employee-led resource groups, which help to create safe and inclusive environments for everyone and help empower personal and professional growth. These groups aim to build community among staff as well as to advance awareness and celebrate cultural diversity within our networks at CZI and beyond.
Racial equity cannot be a siloed goal. As we work to build a better future for everyone, CZI is committed to centering racial equity across all of our initiatives as well as supporting partners directly working within the equity and inclusion ecosystem. Here’s a summary of where we’ve invested as part of our initial $500 million commitment over the next five years to support organizations and leaders addressing racial equity, diversity and inclusion. CZI is committed for the long-term and we are just getting started.
Over the next five years, CZI will direct $100 million to support partners who have been and will continue creating conditions for organizations, communities and individuals at the front lines of the fight for equity to thrive.
In May 2021, we announced an initial $10 million in funding to partner organizations with an additional $20 million in grants to be awarded later in 2021.
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In addition to key investments to date across our core initiatives, CZI will direct $300 million in grants over the next five years toward advancing racial equity, diversity and inclusion through our programmatic work in Science, Education, Justice & Opportunity, and Community.
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative envisions a country where demographics are not predictive of student outcomes and every child enters adulthood with the knowledge, skills, habits and agency they need to realize their full potential. CZI’s earliest education grants, back in 2016, were made in support of a more racially diverse education system and current investments in the last year include:
- $7 million to programs that identify, develop and support racially diverse education leaders.
- $7 million to support community driven solutions to advance racial equity and improve youth well-being.
- $5.8 Million aimed at accelerating diverse education leader pipelines to interrupt and address the cultural, institutional, and structural barriers in education faced by historically underserved students and families.
- $2.25 million to nine organizations to support the healing of Black students’ racial trauma and to continue accelerating the capabilities of schools and districts to transform learning environments to be anti-racist. The grant recipients are National Equity Project, Kingmakers of Oakland, pilotED, Roses and Concrete, Black Teachers Collaborative, Village of Wisdom, Beloved, Diversity Talks and The Equity Lab.
- $825,000 to support professional development grounded in equity and cultural responsiveness, with the aim of helping educators deliver high-quality distance learning,
- $850,000 to five organizations to partner with schools with more than 75% Black, Latinx, and/or Indigenous students, driving the design of school recovery plans that incorporate meaningful participation from communities to support mental well-being.
In partnership with a number of organizations such as 228 Accelerator, Camelback Ventures, Promise54 and the Equity Lab, we have also been working internally to develop our team’s capacity to more deeply investigate the impacts of systemic racism in education. We are committed to expanding beyond these efforts and look forward to continuing to work alongside our employees and partners to diversify our team and support the success of our leaders of color.
- Biomedical science is rife with systemic disparities, inequities, and injustices that are especially experienced by Black, Latinx, Indigenous communities and other communities of color. CZI Science has given over $51 million in grants to advance diversity, equity, or inclusion goals—such as increasing access to scientific opportunity—for marginalized or underserved communities in science. Of this, over $27 million has been dedicated to supporting communities of color.
- We are continuously learning and improving our practices through our grantmaking, technology development, scientific events, and community building. We strive to bring together diverse scientific teams that incorporate a wide range of lived experiences and perspectives. We believe resources created and used by scientists need to be inclusive and explicitly representative of communities of color. We aim to take an equitable and participatory approach to how we define and evaluate the success of our grants, and we are dedicated to making tools, methods, and datasets accessible to a broad set of researchers and communities. Additionally, we are lifting up approaches to public engagement in science that are ethical and inclusive of the perspectives, interests, and needs of community partners.
- Black, Latinx, and Indigenous communities and other communities of color in the United States are disproportionately burdened by COVID-19, further exacerbating the stark health disparities that exist. To increase statewide testing capacity in California, the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub (CZ Biohub) and UCSF created a COVID-19 testing lab with support from CZI. The lab provided free testing for populations across California that might otherwise not have access to tests — including for undocumented, uninsured, and unsheltered populations, and people in nursing homes and prisons. In addition, CZI supported the COVID Racial Data Tracker to collect, analyze, and publish the most up-to-date race and ethnicity data on COVID-19 in the US.
- In order to provide COVID-19 testing and vaccination support and build capacity in areas hardest hit by the virus, we partnered with a number of grassroots organizations working on COVID-19 recovery efforts. We’re proud to partner with:
- Unidos en Salud, a collaboration of UCSF healthcare providers, CZ Biohub infectious disease experts, and community organizers.
- The Center at Sierra Health Foundation, supporting a cohort of 110 California community-based organizations to prioritize community engagement, public health communication and outreach, and building trust in the COVID-19 vaccine.
- Made to Save, an education and grassroots organizing campaign working to increase access to the COVID-19 vaccines.
Justice & Opportunity
- In Justice & Opportunity, we work in areas that are deeply rooted in systemic racism and inequalities that disproportionately impact people of color. To reform the criminal justice system, we must examine the unequal burden placed on Black and Brown communities within it. To build solutions in housing, we must reckon with a system that has segregated and held families and communities of color back from building wealth through ownership for centuries. And in immigration, we must bring the immigrant experience into our collective pursuit for racial justice in this country.
- Since our founding in 2015, the Justice & Opportunity initiative has given over $400 million to organizations seeking to reimagine these deeply inequitable systems, working on the frontlines of housing affordability, criminal justice reform, and immigration reform. In January 2021, we announced an additional $450 million to deepen our commitment to criminal justice reform and immigration reform by funding strategic partners now directly leading these bodies of work outside of CZI, the Justice Accelerator Fund (JAF) and FWD.us. We recognize the uneven application of both justice and opportunity across our society, and also the uneven direction of philanthropic dollars toward these issues. This is why we expressly provide funding in deeply underfunded areas, particularly to groups with directly impacted leaders—for example, formerly incarcerated persons and immigrants with Temporary Protected Status.
- We’re constantly working to better tackle equity head on, and to better support our partners and the communities we serve. Starting in April of 2020, our Movement & Capacity Building team managed a series of 61 grant partner training sessions open to all CZI grantees across our core focus areas—Science, Education, Justice & Opportunity and Community. More than 4,000 participants attended from over 1,000 organizations. As part of the wider program, 16 sessions focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion; 865 people attended these sessions from 258 partner organizations. We partnered with Danielle DeRuiter-Williams from The Justice Collective, on a four part series on Core Concepts of Race, Equity and Identity. We partnered on four sessions with Libero Della Piana and LeeAnn Hall from the Alliance for a Just Society. Nicole Sanchez from Vaya Consulting delivered a four-part series on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion In The Workplace and Adriana Barboza, Carmen McClaskey, and Jamilyn Bailey from The Management Center led a four-part series entitled Key Management Practices with Race Equity Lens. In addition, the Movement & Capacity Building Team held over 100 in-depth embedded trainings for single issue cohorts to support impacted communities in Criminal Justice Reform, Immigration, Housing, and Science. For each of these coalitions we leaned into anti-trauma, restoration, and increasing DEI across many levels.
The San Francisco Bay Area has experienced unmatched prosperity and growth, but has one of highest rates of economic inequity in the country. We cannot create a future for Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and other people of color without addressing structural racism and inequities in our community. CZI’s Community team works in service of a more just Bay Area where people impacted by structural racism and inequities have the assets and power to shape their communities.
- Through the Community Fund, our local responsive grantmaking and capacity building program, we partner with organizations in our community that support the economic and social well-being of Black, Latinx, immigrant, and other marginalized communities. Since its launch in 2017, the Community Fund has granted more than $12 million to local nonprofits.
- COVID-19 exposed and exacerbated the health and economic inequities experienced by Black and Latinx communities in the Bay Area. Our local response to the pandemic specifically addresses the needs of communities most impacted by COVID-19, supporting organizations and programs that are providing relief and long-term recovery for individuals and families who are bearing the brunt of the crisis, including communities of color. CZI has committed more than $11million to COVID-19 response programming locally.
Our Community team has embarked on a formal strategic learning and design process to ensure CZI’s local programs and partnerships center racial and social justice, and support increased socioeconomic opportunity for marginalized communities in the Bay Area.