Racial Equity Resources

Recommended articles from our Equity and Programs Manager Aselefech Evans. If you have any questions please reach out to Aselefech.

The Social Justice Sector Has An Internal Racism Problem by Itzbeth Menjivar
The Racist Practice of Mispronouncing Names by Keyan Roy, Zuheera Ali and Medha Kumar
Why People of Color Need Spaces Without White People by Kelsey Blackwell

10 Books About Race To Read Instead Of Asking A Person Of Color To Explain Things To You
Challenging Race As Risk: How Implicit Bias undermines housing opportunity in America —and what we can do about it, by Kirwan Institute For the Study of Race and Ethnicity
How to Uphold White Supremacy by Focusing on Diversity and Inclusion, by Kyra
Accomplices Not Allies, An Indigenous Perspective and Provocation

Just Growth (2012) by Manuel Pastor and Chris Benner

  • Dr. Manuel Pastor describes in depth the economic benefits of a more just and equitable society. This is a wonderful book for those who are looking for a more data driven approach to equity planning.

Rebuilding a Dream: America’s New Urban Housing Crisis, The Housing Cost Explosion, and How We Can Reinvent the American Dream for All (2014) by Andre F. Shashaty

  • In this book Shashaty analyzes the affordable housing crisis through a critical perspective, focusing on how governmental actions have affected the shortage and the challenges of meeting future demands. This book frames affordable housing in terms of obtaining the American Dream and provides a perspective on how we can still salvage it through social and political action.

Race Matters Toolkit (2006) by the Annie E. Casey Foundation

  • This toolkit, while not affordable housing specific, dovetails with the racial equity work that we are attempting to accomplish through this HDC toolkit. The Race Matters Toolkit can help readers to understand the intersectionality between affordable housing, educational opportunities, criminal justice, and many other sectors.

How to Develop and Support Leadership that Contributes to Racial Justice (2010) by the Leadership Learning Community

  • The publication offers practical methods and recommendations to help leadership programs prepare their participants to bring a more race conscious lens to all policy and service work; and empower people of color to better lead their communities.

National Equity Atlas by PolicyLink and the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity

  • The National Equity Atlas provides data of demographic change, racial inclusion and the economic benefits of equity for the largest 150 regions, all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the United States.

R. S. Tipton, Incorporated: Architects and Facilitators of Transformational Change

  • R. S. Tipton is a Denver-based consulting firm that works to bring organizational change that is transformational, not transactional. This group uses workshops, strategic communications, and leadership team chartering that caters to each organization’s needs.

Race Forward: The Center for Justice Innovation

  • Race Forward is a national, nonprofit organization that advances racial justice through research, media and practice. Race Forward publishes the daily news site Colorlines and presents Facing Race, the country’s largest multiracial conference on racial justice. Race Forward’s mission is to build awareness, solutions and leadership for racial justice by generating transformative ideas, information and experiences.

Seattle Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI) led by the Seattle Office of Civil Rights

  • The Race and Social Justice Initiative works with the Seattle government and community leaders to address institutional racism. The Initiative has a three-year plan to focus on community partnerships, and the initiative also has compiled a toolkit as well as a community roundtable for a race specific approach to community building and policy development.

RACE: Are We So Different? American Psychological Association

  • Looking through the eyes of history, science and lived experience, the RACE Project explains differences among people and reveals the reality – and unreality – of race. The story of race is complex and may challenge how we think about race and human variation, about the differences and similarities among people.

Undoing Racism Workshop by The People’s Institute

  • The People’s Institute holds an intensive two-day workshop in Seattle designed to educate, challenge and empower people to “undo” the racist structures that hinder effective social change. The training is based on the premise that racism has been systematically erected and that it can be “undone” if people understand where it comes from, how it functions and why it is perpetuated. These workshops are held several times a year and you can register here.