Upward Mobility
Upward Mobility Virtual Workshops

Our new online workshop series is designed to support local leaders with resources, tools, and guidance to increase upward mobility and racial equity for people and communities.

In this series, participants will learn about the core principles of the Upward Mobility Framework and how to apply it in their communities to close equity gaps and foster economic success, dignity and belonging, and power and autonomy for all. These workshops offer a learning experience where attendees can engage in interactive discussions, explore real-world case studies, and develop practical skills for creating positive change in their communities.

Key Components of the Upward Mobility Framework: 

  • Three-part definition. The framework recognizes that true upward mobility encompasses economic success, dignity and belonging, and power and autonomy and includes an understanding of how racism affects social and economic mobility.
  • Five pillars. Local communities focus on building or bolstering essential pillars, such as opportunity-rich neighborhoods, high-quality education, rewarding work, healthy environments, and responsive governance.
  • Mobility metrics. Evidence-based metrics enable communities to assess current conditions, set priorities, and monitor progress toward upward mobility and racial equity.
  • Planning Guide for Local Action. Practical guidance demonstrates how to apply the framework and mobility metrics to effect meaningful change within communities.

Whether you’re a policymaker, advocate, researcher, or local leader, this series provides an opportunity to connect with peers and gain actionable insights for communities. 

Overview Workshop: For those new to the Upward Mobility Framework or who need a refresher, explore the fundamentals in our Overview Workshop. Gain a comprehensive understanding of the framework and learn how to apply related data and tools to drive positive change in your community. 

Upcoming Sessions*: 

Mobility Metrics Workshop: Build on the foundational principles explored in the first training with this workshop on the mobility metrics. Learn how to collect, analyze, and leverage data to measure progress, identify disparities, and inform decisionmaking for upward mobility and racial equity. 

Upcoming Sessions*: 

Local Action Workshop: For leaders ready to take the next steps on mobility planning, join our experts for a walk through the practical strategies illustrated in the Planning Guide for Local Action.

Upcoming Sessions*: 

Tuesday, July 30, 2024, 1:00-2:00 p.m. EDT

*We will offer additional sessions throughout the year. Check back soon for more dates.  


Past Workshop Recordings:

April 2024

Introducing Local Leaders to the Upward Mobility Framework (April 4, 2024)

Introducing Local Leaders to the Upward Mobility Framework (April 16, 2024)

Mobility Metrics Workshop (April 25, 2024)

June 2024

Introducing Local Leaders to the Upward Mobility Framework (June 27, 2024) 

July 2024

Mobility Metrics Workshop (July 9, 2024)


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