Racial Equity Toolkit

2014-12-09 05.48.02We are happy to announce that HDC has released a toolkit for members to use to advance racial equity in their everyday work. The toolkit is full of worksheets and methods pulled from various sources, such as the Race and Social Justice Initiative of Seattle, the King County Equity and Social Justice Team, the Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites, the Coalition of Communities of Color, and Manuel Pastor’s Just GrowthRacial Equity Project Coordinators, Monica Joe and Reuben Waddy, have invested countless hours in order to bring this tool to life for our members.

This toolkit is designed so that it can be customized to fit the needs and characteristics of your organization; it follows the format of the four principles behind this project:

  • Education on racial equity
  • Identification of racial issues in organizations
  • Creation of a plan for change
  • Implementation of the tools

2014-12-09 05.51.56Here is a brief tour through its contents:

  • The Introduction contains background information on racial inequities that are currently occurring nationally and locally.
  • The Power of Language outlines the importance of using the correct vocabulary when enacting racial equity work, as well as how to engage in productive conversations of race.
  • Champions of Equity provides examples of local and national organizations that are doing this type of work, and these case studies will help provide inspiration for you to do the same.
  • Racial Equity and You contains tools to bring the conversation about these racial equity issues to your organization. These tools are designed to help you identify the strengths and shortcomings in your organization to help you move forward.
  • What You Can Do contains the tools that your organization can use once you have identified areas of improvement. These are the crucial steps to creating a plan for change and implementing it.
  • Resident Engagement allows member organizations who work directly with the community to strengthen their organizational practices in order to further racial equity work. Engaging the community to generate ideas and make decisions can create more equitable outcomes for the community.

The Toolkit concludes with the Racial Equity Promising Practices Worksheet, which allows HDC member organizations to report back about the promising practices their organization has initiated. These profiles will be shared with other member organizations so that we all may inspire each other to do good work. The toolkit was first released at the Racial Equity Promising Practices Learn at Lunch on December 8th. If you missed out on this event, do not worry! We have uploaded an online version of the toolkit here.