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.”
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, which can be accessed through their $2,500 professional development funds. In addition, our DEI team provides opportunities for everyone in the organization to grow in their DEI learning journey. We offer training by experts in the field as well as a DEI learning series, which can include guest speakers, lunch and learns on DEI-related topics, and a book club with renowned authors.
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.
In addition to key investments to date across our core initiatives, our five year commitment includes directing $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 2021, CZI announced an additional 90+ new racial equity, diversity and inclusion grants to support these partner organizations. Read our FAQs for more information.
“In a landmark year for progress toward racial equity, we’ve seen that when funders decide to resource movements and organizations doing the work, change is possible. We are honored to partner with the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative whose generous support is helping invest in new futures through the Emerging LGBTQ Leaders of Color Fund, which supports visionary queer leaders of color who are building a more inclusive world, and the Racial Equity to Accelerate Change (REACH) Fund which supports nonprofits transforming practices to be more equitable and accountable.”
“Developed in 1977, Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples provides direct support to frontline community initiatives for decolonization, self-determination, and Re-Indigenization. Our work focuses on culturally-rooted and community-generated movement building that fortify Indigenous Peoples’ knowledge, power, rights, and capacities for our future generations. Our partnership with CZI is a new relationship at a critical juncture in time. It helps us strengthen that work and to direct urgently needed resources to Indigenous-created and Indigenous-led solutions for social, cultural, economic, and ecological justice — to secure the Rights of Mother Earth. Our work is to build a positive future for the next seven generations of our Peoples, Families, and Nations.”
“CZI’s generous donation supported our ability to deliver a first-of its-kind program. Our competency-based model was designed to help protect and preserve the legacy of HBCUs, and included the participation of 40 current and former HBCU Presidents, coaches and mentors. We are grateful for CZI's support in our quest to give inaugural Fellows a world-class leadership experience.”
These are some of the key investments to date across our programmatic work in Science, Education, and Community, and alongside our Justice & Opportunity Partners.
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:
- $9 million to expand the pipeline of diverse teachers, administrators, and education leaders nationwide.
- $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.
- Science is a powerful tool to catalyze discovery and innovation to improve and extend lives. Yet on a global basis, biomedical science is also rife with systemic disparities, inequities, and injustice. People of color and marginalized communities have experienced a long history of exploitation in the name of scientific research, and indeed science has itself been deployed as a tool of oppression. In the United States, the burdens of these injustices disproportionately impact people of color, including Black, Latina/o/x, Asian American and Pacific Islander, and Indigenous communities.
- We aim to deepen our learning of systemic racism and how to address it in biomedicine, incorporating equity as a key lens in our grantmaking, and embedding diversity, equity, and inclusion principles at the heart of our strategic priority-setting. We will do this by challenging ourselves to ask, in all that we do:
- Who does the science?
- What science is being done?
- Who is at the table?
- Who has access?
Read more about our commitment to scientific equity in Nature Medicine.
- 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.
- CZI is partnering with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to support projects led by excellent biomedical researchers who—through their outreach, mentoring, teaching, and leadership—have a record of promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in their scientific fields. CZI is also supporting the inclusion of data from tissue samples from ancestrally diverse donors in the Human Cell Atlas, an effort to map all healthy human cells in order to better understand and treat disease.
- Black, Latina/o/x, 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 financial, product, and engineering 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 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 vaccines.
- Made to Save, an education and grassroots organizing campaign working to increase access to the COVID-19 vaccines.
- CZI supports increasing diversity and representation in science reporting and the science journalism ecosystem through the following initiatives and more:
- Hyperlocal news outlet Mission Local has reported extensively on COVID’s overall disproportionate impact in San Francisco’s Mission District, a predominantly Latina/o/x neighborhood. Their coverage provides helpful bilingual community messaging, compiling clear summaries of infection rates, publishing articles on where to access food and wellness resources, and more. CZI is supporting Mission Local in hiring a dedicated science reporter and bringing on interns from underrepresented communities.
- A grant to The Atlantic’s COVID Tracking Project to establish the COVID Racial Data Tracker to collect, analyze, and publish the most up-to-date race and ethnicity data on COVID in the US. CZI also provided funding to support The Atlantic’s COVID-19 reporting, ensuring their coverage was made freely available and reflected the issues affecting communities hardest hit by the pandemic.
- The Sharon Begley-STAT Science Reporting Fellowship, which provides a paid reporting position at STAT for early career journalists from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups that includes an MIT educational component in partnership with the Knight Science Journalism program.
- Expansion of The Root’s coronavirus coverage into comprehensive, multimedia examinations of largely untold stories like how Black Americans are recovering from COVID, the effects of COVID on Black undocumented immigrants, and the Black transgender community and access to medical care.
Justice & Opportunity Partners
- Our Justice & Opportunity portfolio focuses on 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. 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 Just Trust 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. Our Movement & Capacity Building team manages grant partner training sessions open to all CZI grantees across our core focus areas—Science, Education, Community, and organizations supported by our Justice & Opportunity Partners. As part of the wider program, many of our sessions focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion. We partnered with Danielle DeRuiter-Williams from The Justice Collective, on a series on Core Concepts of Race, Equity and Identity. We partnered on sessions with Libero Della Piana and LeeAnn Hall from the Alliance for a Just Society. Nicole Sanchez from Vaya Consulting delivered a series on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion In The Workplace and Adriana Barboza, Carmen McClaskey, and Jamilyn Bailey from The Management Center led a series entitled Key Management Practices with Race Equity Lens. In addition, the Movement & Capacity Building Team held 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 and California where people impacted by structural racism and inequities can shape their communities. We also strive to embrace racially and equity centered solutions that help preserve, protect, and produce more affordable housing, so everyone has access to a safe, reliable place to call home.
- Through the Community Fund, our local responsive grantmaking and capacity building program, we partner with organizations helping to create a more socially, economically, and racially just San Mateo County. Through their programs and services, Community Fund partners are increasing socioeconomic opportunity for people of color and other communities in San Mateo County, including low-income households, immigrants regardless of documentation status, and people who identify as LGBTQIA+. Since its launch in 2017, the Community Fund has granted more than $12 million to local organizations.
- COVID-19 exposed and exacerbated the health and economic inequities experienced by Black, Latinx, and other communities of color 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.