Targeted Universalism Action Steps
Targeted universalism requires intentional, goal-oriented steps. The Haas Institute Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society identifies these steps as:
1. Establishing a universal goal based upon a broadly shared recognition of a societal problem and collective aspirations.
2. Assessing the general population performance relative to the universal goal.
3. Identifying groups and places that are performing differently with respect to the goal. Groups should be disaggregated
4. Assessing and understanding the structures that support or impede each group or community from achieving the universal goal
5. Developing and implementing targeted strategies for each group to reach the universal goal.
To create and implement justice, we must build a decision-making process with intentional, goal-oriented strategies that are designed to dismantle patterns of discrimination created by systems of advantage.
The implementation of justice requires that we view inequities through a systemic lens, instead of from a deficit lens, recognizing that cultural principles based on meritocracy, equal opportunity and personal responsibility are influenced by external factors that generate advantages for some and disadvantages for others