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Valuing, respecting, and embracing families' diversity, and advancing equity and inclusion.                    

Free Resources


Implicit Racial Bias 101: Exploring Implicit Bias Child Protection is an online course that will introduce insights about how our minds operate, the origins of implicit associations, and tools to uncover our own biases and learn strategies for addressing them. Each module is divided into a short series of lessons, many taking less than 10 minutes to complete. Developed by: Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity | Center for the Study of  Social Policy

Online Resources

Parent Leader Manifesto is a group of 40 parent leaders and agency staff from nine EC-LINC communities, with support from CSSP staff and consultants, came together to create this Manifesto for Race Equity and Parent Leadership in Early Childhood. Also available in Spanish. Developed by: Center for Study on Social Policy.

Data for Equity and Action shares best practices for collecting data about race, ethnicity, and other demographic information including sexual orientation, gender identity and expression (SOGIE); national origin; language spoken; disability; religion; and tribal affiliation in child welfare agencies nationwide. Developed by: Center for Study on Social Policy.

Anti-Racism Daily is a daily e-newsletter provides concise information regarding a variety of topics related to racism and equity. Developed by: Anti-Racism Daily. Must subscribe.

Implicit Association Test (IAT) measures attitudes and beliefs that people may be unwilling or unable to report. Developed by: Project Implicit.

Equity & Justice Publications & Resources. Developed by: Center for Study on Social Policy.

Culturally Effective Organizations Toolkit was originally designed for healthcare, this framework was adapted by FRIENDS to apply specifically to community based-family serving organizations. A toolkit with resources for each of the 7 elements of the framework is available Training and TA is available to CBCAP leads and their funded programs to apply the framework. Developed by: FRIENDS 

Anti-Racism outlines the difference between being not racist and Anti-Racist. Developed by: Ibram X. Kendi

LGBTQIA Parenting resources that address the many potential paths to parenthood as well as tools for issues facing LGBTQ+ headed families or LGBTQ+ youth. Developed by: Human Rights Campaign.

Racial Equity and Advocacy Communications and Framing. Developed by: Alliance for Early Success. 

Racial Equity Toolkit Featuring Grandfamilies. Developed by: Generations United.

Casey Families Opportunity Map is an interactive tool that highlights the aspects of communities that are associated with safe children and strong families. Developed by: Casey Families.

Sesame Street in Communities Website: Resettlement is a guide for young children and families going through resettlement. Developed by: Sesame Workshop.

Ted Talk: Lets Stop Talking about Diversity and Start Working Towards Equity challenges the paradigm of diversity in the work place and in society, as well as how to “find and replace” in vocabulary, challenging the concept of diversity vs. equity. Developed by: Paloma Medina.

A Social-Ecological Model of Racism and Anti-Racism frames racism and anti-racism within a social ecological model in order to promote an understanding of the multifaceted, overlapping, and interactive factors that contribute to and maintain racial inequities, as well as strategies that can be employed across multiple levels in order to eliminate racism, address its multiple impacts, and achieve a more just society. Developed by: Center for Study on Social Policy.

Books & Articles

Yuuyarag: The Way of the Human Being. Written by: Harold Napolean.

How to Overcome Bias: Capacity Building for Tribes is a family assessment tool. Written by: Center for Tribes

Racial Equity Discussion Guide provides key messages, reflection questions, and resources for engaging partners in courageous conversations and planning to challenge the institutional and structural racism that results in worse outcomes for families and children of color or tribally affiliated children. Written by: National Child Welfare Institute.

Groundwater (Phase 1) metaphor is designed to help practitioners at all levels internalize the reality that we live in a racially structured society, and that that is what causes racial inequity. Written by: Bayard Love and Denna Hayes-Greene.

Black Child National Agenda calls for actions to dismantle structural racism and systemic inequities that get in the way of Black children’s success in school and life.Written by: Equity Research Action Coalition and National Black Child Development Institute.

White Supremacy Culture is a list of characteristics of white supremacy culture that show up in organizations. Written by: Tema Okum.

Equity is Fundamental to Implementation Science. Written by: Audrey Loper, Beadsie Woo, & Allison Metz.

Racial Disparities in Perceptions of Community Supports discusses implications for policy, practice, and research with children and families. Written by: Andrew McGee, Jennifer Bellamy, & Kendra Dunn.

Inclusion and Belonging Guidebook is vital to company health and success. Creating workplaces where every employee can bring their whole selves to work leads to deeper levels of commitment and higher levels of innovation. A key question is: how can leaders and companies create a culture that embodies a feeling of inclusion and a sense of belonging for all employees? This guidebook, created as part of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation's Expanding Equity program, provides support on that journey through the following sections: 1. What is racial equity? 2. Putting the "I" in DE&I 3. Talking About Race (and Racism) in the Workplace 4. Moving Beyond Allyship to Sponsorship 5. Developing Champions for Racial Equity. Written by: WK Kellogg Foundation and Expanding Equity.

Resources for Purchase

Books & Articles

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Strategies for Facilitating Conversations on Race facilitate conversations about race often involving tension, as both the facilitators and participants bring emotional experiences and their deeply held values and beliefs into the room. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Strategies for Facilitating Conversations on Race guides facilitators through a process of becoming comfortable with the discomfort in leading conversations about racism, privilege and power. Written by: Caprice Hollins and Ilsa Govan.

Connecting Across Cultures: The Helper's Toolkit provides both students and professionals in health care and social service with the skills to develop respectful, smooth relationships with their clients and with the community at large. It also provides practical, hands-on strategies for connecting with people across differences related to ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, disability, age, gender, and class. Since cross-cultural relationships add a level of difficulty to all the usual relationship challenges, this book will be applicable for almost every relationship you may encounter. Written by: Pamela A. Hay.

Look What Brown Can Do is a perfect conversational tool for parents, teachers, caretakers, and anyone looking to help children understand the greatness that can be achieved in every shade of Brown. Written by: T. Marie Harris.

Something Happened in Our Town follows two families — one White, one Black — as they discuss a police shooting of a Black man in their community. The story aims to answer children's questions about such traumatic events and to help children identify and counter racial injustice in their own lives. Written by: Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins and Ann Hazzard.

That's Not Fair! No Es Justo! serves as a model for young and old alike about courage, compassion, and the role everyone can play in making the world more fair. Written by: Carmen Tafolla and Sharyll Teneyuc.

Dumpling Soup set in the Hawaiian islands, this story celebrates the joyful mix of food, customs, and languages from many cultures. Written by: Jama Kim Rattiga.

Happy in Our Skin paint a picture of the human family — and how wonderful it is to be just who you are. Written by: Fran Manuskin.

Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men celebrated feminist advocacy and investigates the root cause of gender inequality and research. Written by: Caroline Criado Perez.

Between the World and Me illuminates the past,  confronts our present, and offers a transcendent vision for a way forward. Written by: Ta-Nehisi Coate.

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