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CalWORKs & CalFresh Racial Equity & Implicit Bias Statewide Initiative Information Session



This training was presented on
June 20, 2024






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The Racial Equity and Implicit Bias (REIB) Statewide Initiative is a series of learning programs designed to support a more equitable and inclusive California. REIB Statewide Initiative provides virtual and in-person workshops and learning collaboratives for individuals and organizations that support CalWORKs and CalFresh program participants across all 58 counties in California.

This information session will provide an overview of the REIB Statewide Initiative, preview free resources, workshops, and learning opportunities, and explain how participants, including community partners, can enroll in sessions.


Participants will:

  • Receive an overview of the REIB Statewide Initiative, including successes to date. 
  • Learn about the REIB Statewide Initiative curriculum offerings
  • Understand who is eligible and how to enroll in sessions.


Who should attend: All staff of family resource centers (FRCs), Child Abuse Prevention Councils (CAPCs), community-based organizations, and other child- and family-serving systems in California.


  • This is a webinar-style training. This means that you will not be on camera and will not be able to see other learners. This training will not include breakout rooms. Opportunities to interact with the presenter(s) and other participants will be included.
  • This training will be recorded. The recording will be available to registered learners within 2 days of the training.
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Erin Duffey (she/her/hers) works within the California Department of Social Services’ CalWORKs branch as a specialist and lead for the CalWORKs and CalFresh Racial Equity and Implicit Bias (REIB) Statewide Initiative. Erin has worked in public service for over 12 years in a variety of roles within federal, state, and county government administration. Erin holds a dual bachelor’s degree in Feminist Studies and English Language Literature from University of California, Santa Cruz. 

Erin is a proud biracial lesbian who takes joy in supporting her communities by championing a conscious organizational shift towards racially equitable and trauma-informed practices in social services. She is excited to facilitate collaborative efforts to disrupt poverty and create a more equitable future for all Californians. 



Racial Equity & Implicit Bias (REIB) Statewide Initiative Lead Specialist,
California Dept. of Social Services


Constance “Khani” Gustafson (she/her), MSW, D.DIV, is the Vice President of Human-Centered Cultures at Anavo Solutions.  She is a tenured clinical social worker with an expansive career in county and state public mental health/behavioral health organizations. As an innovative thought leader, Ms. Gustafson spearheaded statewide organizational program initiatives, including California’s first Mental Health Transitional Age Youth (TAY) and Parent Partners Program. She effectively led the statewide California Mental Health and Spirituality Initiative and the charter for the California Crisis Intervention Training Association (CACITA). Khani has extensive expertise in curriculum design and is a lead training designer and facilitator on race equity, racial justice, trauma, and healing practices. 

Ms. Gustafson holds a Master’s in Social Work and a PhD in Divinity. She is an adjunct Professor at the CSU Stanislaus Master of Social Work Department. She served as President of the MSW Community Advisory Community in the Center Region for ten years.  Khani is recognized as a key community leader who actively uplifts equity, health, and prosperity as a Stanislaus Community Foundation board member and President of the Modesto Stanislaus NAACP. Ms. Gustafson also teaches and supports whole-person health and healing practices. One of her favorite mantras is to Love One Another.



Vice President of Human-Centered Cultures,
Anavo Solutions