Join Us in Welcoming our New West Regional Manager! Open Data, Water Quality, and Equity in California. 
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Meet our New West Regional Manager, Roberto Montoya! 


Roberto brings nearly 20 years of corporate, higher education, and governmental experience to Race Forward. Before joining the RaceForward team Roberto worked for the City and County of Denver as the Manager of Diversity and Engagement at the Denver International Airport (DEN). During his time with DEN Roberto worked on numerous initiatives that focused on race and social justice with the goal of elevating equity and enabling engagement. He has also taught several undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Colorado Denver in the School of Education that focus on the social foundations of race in education and society. He is the founder and CEO of the Praximity Group, a diversity and equity consulting firm that focuses on the intersection of theory, practice, and place.

Roberto hosts a podcast called Theory Heads, serves on the advisory board for the Denver Agency for Human Rights and Community Partnerships, and is a member of the United States Tennis Association Colorado’s Hispanic Engagement Initiative Task Force. He has twelve peer-reviewed publications focusing on Latino Critical Race Theory, Educational Equity, Speculative Race Fiction, and Critical Race Parenting. Roberto holds a B.S. in Political Science from Colorado Mesa University, an M.A. in Ethnic Studies from Regis University, and is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Colorado Denver.

Register now for Race Forward's Virtual Building Racial Equity workshops! 

The Building Racial Equity series, developed by Race Forward, are interactive trainings for those who wish to challenge and change institutional racial inequities. Building Racial Equity: Foundations is the first and “foundational” training of the series. This training will introduce participants to concepts, frames, and tools that are essential to a productive racial equity practice. Participants will build on and strengthen racial equity practices for themselves, their organization, and their networks.

If you work with organizations and communities that are seeking to build racial equity within and across institutions, then we would like to invite you to check out our Building Racial Equity (BRE): Foundations training series.

Virtual training will happen on May 18th, 21st, 26th, and 28th. 
Scholarships are available as needed and upon request. Email us at to inquire about our scholarships.


The People Behind the Movement

Although water supply issues have risen to the national stage in recent years with media coverage of the Flint crisis and #NODAPL movement, there remains little ongoing national attention placed on the social justice implications of low water quality. In this post, we discuss the impact of new developments in open access to water quality data on racial equity issues with Greg Gearheart, the Deputy Director of the Office of Information Management Analysis for the California State Water Board.

To read more, click here. 

In the News


(04/29/2020) Milwaukee County Passes Ordinance to Advance Racial Equity and Improve Health Outcomes.
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele today with Milwaukee County Board Chairwoman Marcelia Nicholson, County Executive-elect David Crowley and Director, Nicole Brookshire with the Office on African American Affairs (OAAA) announced the signing of an ordinance that commits Milwaukee County to advancing racial equity and eliminating health disparities. The ordinance, unanimously passed by the County Board, moves forward Milwaukee County’s vision that by achieving racial equity, Milwaukee is the healthiest county in Wisconsin.

To watch a recording of the virtual signing, click here! 

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Help us meet our goal of getting 1,000 organizations across the country make a commitment to advancing racial equity!

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For more information about our Racial Equity Here, Commit to Action site, or to join the more than 500 organizations that have committed to advancing racial equity, click here. 

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