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Advancing DEI Practice in Philanthropy: Grantmaking and Engagement

The pandemic and racial reckoning have illuminated existing structural inequities in our society. How do we within the philanthropic sector identify and address the root causes of these inequities?

In this conversation, three philanthropic leaders discussed how they are implementing strategies to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in grantmaking and community engagement.


Gloria Johnson-Cusack
Part-time Lecturer, M.S. Nonprofit Management, Columbia University; Chairman Board of Trustees, Firelight Foundation; Senior Advisor to the President of Florida International University

Guest Speakers: 

Julie Gehrki
Vice President of Philanthropy at

Randall Russell
President & CEO at Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg; Former President of the Board of Directors, Professional Social Workers in HIV and AIDS, Inc.

For questions about this event, please contact us at SPS-Nonprofit [[at]] columbia [[dot]] edu.

Organizations in virtually every sector are met with a pointed challenge: to commit to, act on, and increase transparency into their ongoing progress to implement diversity, equity, and inclusion. To create viable, sustainable pathways for achieving a comprehensive DEI agenda, organizations must remove long-held systemic, cultural, and interpersonal barriers at every level. The Leading Towards Diversity, Equity and Inclusion series convenes and connects respected faculty and industry experts across the nonprofit, negotiation, and human capital management sectors for inspiring, solutions-focused conversations on implementing systemic changes that benefit individuals, organizations, and the communities they serve.

This series is brought to you by Columbia University’s Nonprofit Management, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution and Human Capital Management master’s programs as part of the University’s ongoing commitment to anti-racism.

For additional information about program offerings at Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies, please contact an Admissions Counselor at 212-854-9666 or inquire [[at]] sps [[dot]] columbia [[dot]] edu.

Additional Resource

Click here to view this session's powerpoint presentation.