Are training programs the answer to racial equity?

In a recent Indiana Business Journal (IBJ) article author Hayleigh Colombo shared data from the recent Opportunity Atlas study showing major persistent income disparities between Blacks and Whites regardless of education and generation. She shares that “for every dollar the average white worker in Indianapolis earns…the average black worker born to high-income parents earns 73 cents.” Turning that into dollar …

Black People and Institutional Power Structures

“They usually say the races here are getting along amicably now, and we do not want these peaceful relationships disturbed by teaching of new political thought. What they mean to say with respect to the peaceful relation of the races, then, is that the African-Americans have been terrorized to the extent that they are afraid even to discuss political matters …

Setup a #GivingTuesday Facebook Fundraiser for Kheprw Institute!

Start Your Fundraiser Early, Before Matching Funds Run Out! Hello friends! Thanks for deciding to help us fundraise on Facebook. Remember everything you raise on #GivingTuesday November 27, after 8AM EST will be tripled, while the matching funds last. We recommend you start your fundraiser as close to 8am as possible! You can create your fundraiser the day before, but …

A Critical Moment: The Struggle to Make Indianapolis a More Equitable City

Recently, the word equity has become more prominent in discussions of how to address growing poverty and inequality along lines of race, class and gender. Some examples in Indianapolis: The Indy Chamber recently collaborated with the Brookings Institute on a study about Committing to Inclusive Growth. The Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) recently changed their mission to “mobilize people, ideas and …

Interview with Imhotep Adisa: Culture Shift Masterclass & Scarabys

Q: What is the Culture Shift Masterclass? M: First, I’d like to say something about culture. Culture is what people use to maintain the social fabric – beliefs, ideas, etc. and most of the time it’s invisible. It’s like air. You breathe it, but you really don’t see it. With that said, why shift? What’s the shift about? Scarabys as …

Fight Like Ida, Octavia and Mari

Food is a powerful tool to build community. Across all cultures, you will find that people gather for large feasts for family, community, and celebration. It is an art form that is accessible across all borders. Many call food the language of love, but at We Run This, food is a platform for healing, love, and community. The program is …

#CREATECHANGE: Community Controlled Food Initiative (CCFI) Brings Healthy Food to the Community

Above: CCFI Team with a beautiful bunch of kohlbari  greens from the Lawrence Community Garden for the food share distribution At the Kheprw Institute, we believe the people who live and reside in grassroots underserved communities must be at the forefront of identifying and implementing solutions to address the challenges they face.  Why? Because these are the people most impacted …

It’s Not About Gentrification

Now that the question of gentrification is not a subject only talked about behind closed doors, it’s time to dig deeper into the root causes of gentrification. While we continue to debate whether economic development will lead to physical and cultural displacement, the issue of gentrification is merely a symptom of much deeper structural/cultural challenges. There are a litany of …

Early Childhood Education: Strategies for Combatting the Ills of Urban Education

by Kahlil Mwaafrika Often referred to as “daycare,” Early Childhood Education has the potential to close the achievement and developmental gap between inner city children and affluence.  To avoid overstatement, there is a plethora of documented research, specifically the High Scope Perry Preschool Project and the  Heckman Study , that validate the assertion. For us laymen, I have composed a …

Police Reform Revisited?

“A reform that begins with the officer on the beat is not reform at all. It’s avoidance. It’s a continuance of the American preference for considering the actions of bad individuals, as opposed to the function and intention of systems.” – Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Myth of Police Reform. On July 14th, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett announced his plan to bring …