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Caritas of Austin

Recent national events, including the shooting in Charleston, SC, have prompted Austin leaders to begin the process of looking at institutionalized racism and how their organizations are effected and what can be done. Austin’s long history of redlining and forced segregation is now being acknowledged by City officials, which has prompted Caritas to take a leadership role in providing its staff and board with opportunities to delve deeper into understanding how racism works in Austin and in their lives.


Jo Kathryn Quinn, Executive Director of Caritas Austin, has engaged her board and staff leaders in conversations about race, equity, and diversity. Becky was hired along with Christine Moses and Linnet Carty to facilitate the conversations that will provide a shared language and an historical understanding of race relations in the U.S. Most importantly, the multi-year program provides tools and language to help participants overcome their fear of discussing issues around race and culture in order to improve their relationships with diverse clients, funders, board and community members.


Anticipated outcomes include:

  • Honest engage in the process to increase cultural awareness and sensitivity thus giving current and new board members a fulfilling experience

  • Acquisition of new skills to cultivate new relationships and mentor young/new board members of color

  • Development of a shared vocabulary and understanding about race and diversity

  • Increased cultural awareness and sensitivity thus giving staff and clients a positive and fulfilling experience










L to R: Becky Kephardt, Chris Moses, Dr. Dennis Corado, Linnet Carty

L to R: Chris Moses, Dr. Jo Katheryn Quinn, Linnet Carty, Becky Kephardt

Becky Kephardt (front right) leading an exercise.

Chris Moses engaging the Caritas staff


The Awareness Training class was deemed a success by participants

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