REBUILD

Equity, Access, Opportunity

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To be silent is to be complicit.

Racism is itself a virus that has infected the DNA of our nation from its birth. The fight for equal justice, equal access and opportunity continues to plague America. One of BUILD’s four Core Values at BUILD is to Promote Diversity and Social Action.

We strive to create equity of voice, access, influence and power across lines of difference – both in and beyond BUILD, specifically for groups that have been historically denied social and economic justice. If we are not part of the solution, then we are part of the problem.”

BUILD uniquely stands at the intersection of innovation, education, and community and as such we can play a pivotal role in helping to create a new narrative and driving changes that promote racial and economic equity.

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The question now, in the midst of a pandemic, is how do we REBUILD.

Let’s stand together against racial injustice.

How Can We REBUILD?

6 ways to fight inequity. Be an ally. Join the movement.

What can YOU Do?

Personal Social Action

1.

Share Social Capital

2.

Advocate for Policy Change

3.

BUILD Empathy

What can Corporations do?

Professional Social Change

4.

Re-think Corporate Philanthropy

5.

Examine your Company Practices

6.

Re-examine Hiring Practices

1.

Share Social Capital

It’s not enough to have the skillset & mindset to compete in a 21st century workforce, individuals must also have the network. Create Social Capital for others by bridging connections and opportunities between diverse people.  

Take Action

Share your social capital with others

  1. Mentor a student in high school or college. 
  2. Set up a mentorship program for your employees, especially targeting matches across race, gender or income levels.  
Mentor a Student

2.

Advocate for Policy Change

As an Entrepreneurship program, BUILD and our supporters should be strong advocates for policies that incentives Entrepreneurship instead of discouraging it.  

Vote for policies promoting racial equity.

Black Lives Matter

Petitions, Donate, Learn

Take Action: 

Make Entrepreneurship curriculum accessible for all! Download template and Email your elected official to support this Bill!

Download Our Template

3.

BUILD Empathy

When we look back at 2020, let us not merely remember it as a year of heartache and disruption but as a time when we reflected on what is more important and built empathy with our fellow man.  If we want to move from a place of fear and hate we need to treat others and ourselves with kindness, love, and compassion.

How to Deconstruct Racism, One Headline at a Time

Baratunde Thurston, BUILD National Board Member

Read to Understand Others

A social action reading list by Baratunde Thurston, BUILD National Board Member, Activist and TV Host. It’s stories, not facts and figures, that ultimately create connections between humans and help us change. These stories have that power.

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Rethink Corporate Philanthropy

No one has ever changed the world in 1-2 days, so let’s stop perpetuating the idea that a day or even a week of paid volunteer work is bringing about the change we all want to see in the world.

5.

Examine your Company Practices

Consider your own privilege. Consider the policies and practices that are in place at your organization.

Where and with whom does the power sit?

What are the policies and procedures in place?

Which piece can you shift to empower others?

You can do something. The time is now to make an impact within your organization.

6.

Re-examine Hiring Practices

High cost of higher education combined with current disruption will keep many more young people from attending college. Let’s open ourselves to talented young people and young leaders regardless of college they attended. 

Consider Psychological Job Assessments

Does Higher Education Still Prepare People for Jobs? By Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic and Becky Frankiewicz, Harvard Business Review.

Stop Edu-shaming

Target the skills you need and put in language welcoming candidates of different education backgrounds. By VU, Nonprofit AF.

Take Action:

Change the phrase “College Degree Required” to “College Degree Preferred” in your job descriptions.

Sign BUILD’s Opportunity Wall

Share a Message to BUILD Students on the Opportunity Wall.

A place to share messages of love and support during this time.

The Opportunity Wall

We see you, we value you and we are always here for you. In these times of darkness, you are the spark with your voices.

-Maggie Georgieva
BUILD Boston

It’s time for real change.  It’s time to take real action.  And it’s time to dig even deeper to ensure that committed students like you have every single opportunity for the future of your dreams.  I am committed to you, to BUILD, and to building a far better future – together.  

-Christina Luconi
BUILD Boston Board Member

Your resilience despite these stormy times is inspiring.  Thank you for your courage and willingness to speak truth to power.  Remember that you are not alone.  We continue to fight for you and with you to end racial and economic injustices.

-Chymeka Olfonse
Regional Executive Director
BUILD NYC

Let’s bridge communities that cut across racial and economic lines.

Let’s build social capital to open doors to opportunity.

Let’s encourage our students to keep pushing, to keep stretching, to keep growing.

The power to change the world is within them and it starts now.

Together we can ReBUILD America to ensure a brighter future for ALL.