Just Solutions

In this time of rapidly shifting prioritization and focus on equity, you need a trusted partner that will help you meet this moment...

Equity is a way, not a what

Just Solutions - the consulting arm of the Partnership for Southern Equity (PSE) - understands that this is not a “check the box” moment. In fact, we know that this moment requires a level of intentionality that requires both time, commitment and patience that will allow for leaders and the people they serve to effectively identify, name, disrupt and dismantle the endemic racism that exists inside and outside institutions.  We know a quick, unintentional approach to this work will solve nothing and is likely to cause harm. PSE knows that this "change can only happen at the speed of trust" and by people who are not looking just at a financial bottom line…but are mission driven…this is what makes Just Solutions different.

In the wake of the 2020 summer social justice uprisings in response to the murder of George Floyd, there was an unprecedented cry for action to dismantle systems of white supremacy and to protect and assure different outcomes for Black people and communities of color. While there has been a record amount of financial support from both governmental, philanthropic and private industries to explicitly right the wrongs of historical systemic racism, there still exist a vacuum at the leadership level on how to effectively make this powerful shift to equity happen.

PSE is putting its more than 10 years of experience of advancing racial equity in the American South to work into Just Solutions offerings that work. We build organizational and leadership capacity to understand and address racial equity and other systems of privilege and oppression that produce inequitable outcomes across historically disinvested communities of color. PSE brings not only an equitable structural and systems lens that transforms individuals, institutions and communities, but we also integrate an analysis that connects racism to history and data.  We believe that true equity is a way, not a what. 

Leading with race 
When we lead with race we are more likely to find the answers to a community’s most challenging pain points. 

Catalyzing relationships 
We are relationship accelerators, we identity relationships that should be made and encourage partnership that will move equity forward to bring about measurable change. 

Building an equity ecosystem 
No one individual or institution can achieve equity alone, so with our community engagement strategies we help to create an ecosystem of connectivity that fortifies and sustains system transformation over time. 

Grounding in communities of color and low-wealth 
Centering the voices and needs of those who have been marginalized helps to accelerate the equity process.  These voices serve as the conscience of all the work we do. 

Grounded in data & research 
People are entitled to make up their own stories, but they cannot make up their own facts.  Data driven equity allows us to be effective in identifying the policy and system changes needed for change.  

Values based organizing 
We believe when communities organize their work around a set of values, it enhances their ability to get to equitable system transformation 

Uniquely Positioned - Our Results

As an Atlanta-based organization delivering regional impact, Just Solutions is uniquely positioned to address the American South’s equity issues. We envision a South where racial equity is the approach, rather than a concession, in our social, political, and economic development. Our work in more than 100 communities in metropolitan Atlanta, rural and coastal Georgia, and across the Southeast region has helped transform the lives of more 30,000 people through advocacy, training, and direct service. 

What We Do - Equity is the Way

Just Solutions sees our partners' decision to prioritize and embed a racial equity framework as the first step on a long journey to just systems, policies, regional and community change. These interactive, full-day, capacity building opportunities are designed to meet leaders right where they are, level-set understanding of equity terms and principles among teams and accelerate collaborative action around shared values. Whether you are a state-wide organization seeking racial equity training for your staff or a community-led coalition that is ready to organize their first social justice agenda, PSE can co-create a custom training or workshop that will set the foundation for change. 

  • Racial Equity 101 Training: Introduction - Understanding Equity Concepts 
  • Racial Equity 102 Training: Values to Victory - Intermediate to Advanced Action Planning Session
  • Organizing for Opportunities 
  • Why Health Equity Matters 
  • Climate Equity Training  
  • Customized Trainings 

These offerings can be facilitated virtually or in-person, one-day or two ½ day sessions. 

Just Solutions’ approach to planning for just and equitable change is rooted in seeing people as assets, not problems to solve. Just Advisors lead partners through a people-centered, planning and assessment strategy that bridges the gap between where partners are to where they desire to be. We call this process an "Equity Journey" - a step beyond just traditional strategic planning and more about embedding racial equity as “a way” into the very culture of the organization. 


  • Equity Journey (1-3 year process) 
  • Racial Equity Audit 
  • Equity Strategic Planning 

Just Solutions believe that the people closest to the problem have the solutions to the problem. Values-Based Organizing (VBO) is an organizing model that is focused on trust, respect and partnership with community to put values in action. Our organizers have a wealth of experience in building strong local and regional coalitions for social change. Our success is based on PSE’s community leaders forming an Equity Ecosystem organized to support a new vision of shared prosperity within the American South. 


  • Coalition Building 
  • Local Level Systems Transformation 
  • Convenings 

PSE’s YES! for Equity has partnered with hundreds of youth serving entities all across the country to bring about equitable organizational and local/regional systems change. We have a proven track record of helping our partners to understand and benefit from the value of partnering with youth to achieve the desired policy, systems and environmental changes, to create equitable and thriving communities. The cornerstone of our work is our nationally recognized YES! for Equity Youth Power Model® through a racial equity lens. YES! for Equity provides trainings and technical assistance for youth leaders, led and facilitated by Youth Just Advisors and provides training for the Adult Allies that want to support their youth-led movements. 

  • Youth Leader Training 
  • Adult Ally Trainings 
  • Youth Empowerment and Racial Equity Organizational Assessment 
  • Consultative Technical Assistance and Coaching 
  • YES! for Equity Network 

Trainings can be facilitated virtually or in-person, one-day or two ½ day sessions. 

Just Advisors advise and coach partners with their hearts in mind. We know that heart change that is rooted in empathy and a commitment to equity has the potential to bring about sustainable systems change at the institutional and community level. Through our Just Circles we support a peer-to-peer advising model where the ecosystem of community partners share learnings and successes in advancing equity across a myriad of social justice issues. 

  • Equity Technical Assistance  
  • Equity Leadership Coaching 
  • Just Circles – Facilitated Peer Learning Opportunities 

Nathaniel Q. Smith, Jr., Founder and Chief Equity Officer of the Partnership for Southern Equity (PSE) is a sought after nationally recognized keynote speaker who provides expertise and analysis on advancing race equity in the American South. Through his leadership, PSE has cultivated a wealth of subject matter experts that serve as guest speakers, panelists, and conference presenters.

Just Solutions also provide partners with communications strategies that can help to advance equity in their marketing communications and social media platforms. 

  • Speaking Engagements 
  • Keynote Speaking 
  • Equity Communications Strategy  

To book Nathaniel Smith or any member of our PSE Team for a keynote or speaking engagement please contact Rhonda Thompson at rthompson@psequity.org.

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