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Race, Equity and Inclusion

As part of the Strategic Modernization Plan, PCSAO adopted the goal of addressing systemic, root-cause reasons for children and families coming into care; and reducing racial disproportionality and disparities in Ohio’s children services system.

In 2021, PCSAO offered a virtual learning series to directors and senior leaders at member agencies focused on the critical work of race, equity and inclusion (REI). The series, developed as part of PCSAO’s Strategic Modernization Plan, was intended to guide internal learning for PCSAs embarking on a journey to better understand racism and racial equity, with the goals of raising participants’ comfort level and competency in topics related to racism, racial equity, the history of racism within the children services system, and creating a more equitable system. You can view recordings of the sessions below:

1. Having Conversations about Racism and Intro to Foundational Concepts

2. Shared Language around Equity Concepts

3. History of Racism in Children Services

4. Implicit Bias and Strategies For Mitigating Bias

Below are other useful REI resources: