Blue Star Families has long believed that all military families deserve to feel welcome in their community, to feel appreciated, and to feel a sense of belonging. We believe that when they feel this way, it not only makes military families stronger - it also strengthens our military readiness.
The national focus on race in our country this year, and the movement that has emerged from it, have renewed and amplified a national call for action. Individuals, communities, and organizations are taking important steps to ensure that they are delivering on a vision that everyone in this country, inclusive of all races and ethnicities, has the opportunity to lead a fulfilling life, to thrive, and to belong.
Blue Star Families supports this national call for action, and is taking steps to ensure that we are delivering on our vision that all military families feel a sense of belonging. We are sharpening our focus and our understanding of how the experiences of military families of color differ from those of white families. In many ways, the military community - through its shared commitment to service - fosters positive bonds across race and ethnicity. We know, however, that the shared bond of service is not enough to prevent real differences and challenges from persisting across families. Our preliminary work shows that there are systems and attitudes that are undermining the experiences and outcomes of service members and military families of color.
For Blue Star Families, this reality is not acceptable. We believe we can be part of a positive change. As we enter 2021 and beyond, we seek to address the inequities in the service experiences of military families of color, and to increase their sense of belonging in communities nationwide. We will harness new resources, build new programs, and bring new collaborators to a sustained effort to change this unacceptable reality that far too many families face.
The Director, Racial Equity Initiative will be the primary leader of the REI. The Director will work directly with the CEO, leadership team, and leaders across program, research, and communications to execute the five impacts of the REI framework:
RESEARCH & ADVOCACY — Conducting research via focus groups, applying new lenses to prior surveys, and launching new surveys to further understand the unique experiences of military families of color. We will then pair these findings with data-driven policy recommendations geared to meaningfully improve their experiences.
TRAINING — Building programs that seek to train new cohorts of racially-diverse leaders who will help lead efforts to improve the service experiences of military families of color and increase their representation in the MSO/VSO space. These fellows will immediately provide leadership at the local and national level so that military families of color can see themselves in the support organizations that seek to serve them.
LEADERSHIP — Assembling and engaging a committee of established leaders who will help inform strategies, programs, and outcomes of the initiative, and will provide thought leadership on racial equity to the entire military- and veteran-family support sector.
COLLABORATION — Harnessing the involvement of a cross-sector group of organizations to create collective action, share programs, and drive change across a broad set of stakeholders.
COMMUNITY IMPACT — Building programs and engagements that focus directly on improving the experiences of military families, on fostering inclusion, and on increasing the sense of belonging in communities nationwide.
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Blue Star Families has long believed that all military families deserve to feel welcome in their community, to feel appreciated, and to feel a sense of belonging. We believe that when they feel this way, it not only makes military…