New Member Spotlight
At the DC Department of Human Services, we believe that sustainable organizational transformation is critical to creating new ways of doing and being. With that in mind, we are establishing the DHS Racial and Social Justice Change Team, who will dedicate a portion of their working hours to leading the design, coordination and organizing of our agency’s racial and social equity framework to accomplish equitable systems change. The Change Team will be representative of DHS employees across departments, titles, race, gender, tenure, education level, etc. They will model a structure that is inclusive and draws on the experience and wisdom of employees and customers to implement meaningful change.
Change Team representatives will be selected either by oneself or others. There will then be a panel interview to make final selections. DHS employees who are not selected for the Change Team will be given opportunities to engage in racial and social justice efforts across the agency in other ways, including affinity groups, various training opportunities, and more.
The Change Team will have several key functions which will ultimately lead to outputs that will be reflected both internally in the experiences of our employees and externally in the services we provide to and ways we interact with the community. Key functions of the team include cultivating and developing new racial equity leadership and active community engagement; collecting and analyzing data for documenting, measuring and evaluating progress; capacity-building to disseminate learning, skills and tools across the agency; and communicating about and championing racial and social justice.
The Change Team, which consists of both formal and informal leaders, is officially authorized to play a leading role in operationalizing change and will assess, analyze and redesign many functions of DHS, including Human Resources Practices, Learning and Development, Workplace Culture, Employee Wellness and more. Ultimately, the Change Team is a pathway for the Department of Human Services to intentionally institutionalize spending energy, time, and resources on what matters.