Sustainable Equity, LLC 662.234.6819
Sustainable Equity, LLC is a minority and female-owned consulting firm based in Mississippi. Its co-founders have over three decades of building community trust and social justice work with grassroots leaders, municipalities, universities, and corporations.
Informed by scholarship, data and over 30 years of practice-based evidence in community building, advocacy and public policy, our firm offers a learning journey to organizations seeking to make the greatest collective impact on creating inclusive, trusting and humane work and social environments. We believe that strengthening civil society is the path to achieving sustainable equity, especially for the most vulnerable populations. Our approach is an antidote to inequality, a prevention for extremism, and transformative experience based on self-reflection and authentic and meaningful connections that reset biased attitudes and mindsets and alter discriminatory behaviors based on changing interpersonal and public conditions that undergird inequality and separation. At its core, our work is about creating a culture of connection and truth-telling for transformation in all areas of difference.
Susan Glisson is the founding director of the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation, internationally recognized civil rights and social justice center. In that capacity, Dr. Glisson created and launched an innovative community building and equity process called the Welcome Table, named after a stirring freedom song from the Civil Rights Movement. Charles Tucker, MFA, joined the Winter Institute in 2009 as associate director and helped refine the process to its current form.
Created on the principle that achieving justice requires both the inner work of individuals examining their own attitudes and biases combined with the outer work of building trusting and respectful relationships that lead toward advocacy and policies for justice, the process has now served over 16 Mississippi. Its successes include a historic conviction in a cold civil rights case, in passage and implementation of a statewide law requiring civil rights and human rights history curriculum in all Mississippi schools, plus dozens of other local actions that have improved the quality of life for local citizens. Since then, Susan and Charles have offered this community building process in other locales, including New Orleans, South Carolina, and have used it to help transform universities, communities, corporate partners. Of special note, Susan and Charles are facilitating community trust and public safety circles with marginalized communities and police departments as part of The National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice in collaboration with the John Jay College of Criminal Justice's National Network for Safe Communities
Sustainable Equity’s process includes three phases of reflection, connection and transformation. While it grew from focused work in race relations, it addresses healing and equity in other areas of discrimination based on the difference. A variety of interactive exercises, carefully scaffolded for progressive understanding, are facilitated in large circles and in small groups and pairs. This guided learning process is based on a growth or strengths-based model of learning rather than a compliance model. In other words, we believe that all participants have their own wisdom and gifts that can be called forth and tapped into and that sharing those with others increasing the collective wisdom of the group. The process is not a series of lectures meant to convey lessons for rote memory. The facilitators and participants learn from each other together. For community partners, sessions can be created of varying lengths from one week to three weeks and for municipalities, universities and corporate partners, from half-day and full day sessions to multiple days and weeks.
While Mississippi has broken both of our hearts, it has also given us strength and wisdom. We are grounded in the lessons and mentorship of grassroots leaders who helped topple segregation and built moments of Beloved Community in the heart of the Closed Society. That training has taken us from Mississippi across the nation and now includes international learning partners in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and South Africa.