We thank Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. for helping us get the paramount conversation of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) started.  The following are recommended resources to help you, your team, your community begin or continue the conversation and take action toward imperative change (anything bold and blue has a link):

The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond (PISB) are recognized internationally for their Undoing Racism® Workshop and Community Organizing Workshop. Their Undoing Racism® Executive Collective workshop is designed for people in leadership positions, particularly executive directors and their senior leadership teams, who have substantial decision-making authority and are invested in nurturing the organizations they lead to become more equitable, just, and anti-racist institutions.  It offers the opportunity to gather with peers and grapple collectively and honestly with the challenges leaders encounter and to build strategies and support for overcoming those challenges.

Working with PISB is the Anti-Racist Alliance, a movement for racial equity.  A collective of human service practitioners and educators whose vision is to bring a clear and deliberate anti-racist structural power analysis to social service education and practice.

A speech given September 13, 2021 by Alan Siskind, PhD, LCSW, on White Responsibility in Anti-Racist Work draws on the work of, NY Time Best Selling Author of White Fragility, Dr. Robin DiAngelo‘s 2021 book Nice Racism.

10 Facts You Need to Know About Anti-Blackness, 2020 article, by Altagracia Montilla founder of A.M. Consulting, committed to partnering with organizations that are committed to the necessary risks required to truly make a difference.

DEI/RE books of particular interest:

  • Deep Denial: The Persistence of White Supremacy in United States History and Life by David Billings
  • White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Dr. Robin DiAngelo
  • We Can’t Talk about That at Work!: How to Talk about Race, Religion, Politics, and Other Polarizing Topics by Mary-Frances Winters
  • Black Fatigue: How Racism Erodes the Mind, Body, and Spirit by Mary-Frances Winters
  • How To Be An Anti-Racist by NY Time Best Selling Author Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
  • Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla Saad
  • The 1619 Project – The New York Times Magazine – an important piece to be familiar with as it continues to be challenged along with Critical Race Theory.

Dr. Tema Okun co-leads the Teaching for Equity Fellows Program at Duke University, which works with faculty seeking to develop stronger skills both teaching about race and racism and across lines of race, class, and gender. She was a member of the Educational Leadership faculty at National Louis University in Chicago and has taught undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral level students in educational leadership and education. She is the author of the award-winning The Emperor Has No Clothes: Teaching About Race and Racism to People Who Don’t Want to Know (2010, IAP) and the widely used article White Supremacy Culture (2021).

Center for Urban and Racial Equity (CURE) partners with people and organizations to advance equity and justice through policy, systems, institutional, community and societal change. They do this through research and analysis, strategic planning and consulting, and training and community engagement strategies that address systemic barriers to racial equity. Check out their Resource page.