Resources from Awake to Woke to Work: Building a Race Equity Culture Webinar

Publication date: 
December, 2019

The Equity in the Center’s “Awake to Woke to Work: Building a Race Equity Culture” publication and framework is designed to support leaders as they build and expand their organization’s capacity to advance race equity and transform their culture. During the webinar, Kerrien Suarez and Andrew Plumley outlined the need for building a Race Equity Culture in social sector organizations and introduced resources and strategies to help participants move from commitment to action. View the full description of the webinar on the event page.

Equity in the Center Resources

Video case studies of organizations working to build a Race Equity Culture:

Additional Resources 

  • W.K. Kellogg’s “Business Case for Equity” (2018) 
  • Service Never Sleeps - Whitney Parnell's organization that does terrific allyship workshops for both white allies and allyship in an intersectional context. 
  • PISAB - Focuses on understanding what racism is, where it comes from, how it functions, why it persists and how it can be undone. Their workshops utilizes a systemic approach that emphasizes learning from history, developing leadership, maintaining accountability to communities, creating networks, undoing internalized racial oppression and understanding the role of organizational gate keeping as a mechanism for perpetuating racism.
  • Race Forward - Race Forward’s Building Racial Equity series is a collection of interactive trainings for those who wish to sharpen their skills and strategies to address structural racism and advance racial equity. Unlike “diversity trainings” which primarily focus on interpersonal relations and understanding, the Building Racial Equity trainings emphasize how to challenge and change institutional racial inequities. 
  • Racial Equity Institute - REI does many different trainings for individuals/organizations on a broad spectrum of learning and understanding. The workshops speak to the historical context of race/racism in this country and are designed to help individuals and institutions practice reframing problems and determining solutions with a racial equity lens.
  • Unrealized Impact - Education data we looked at during the data section of our presentation that dives deep into data on what DEI policies and practices that are being implemented within education organizations. 
  • Race to Lead Report - Has the first/best data on racial leadership gap within the social sector and debunks the myth that the lack of diversity in leadership positions is due to a pipeline problem as it shows that the true problem is structural racism. 
  • Putting Racism on the Table - This is a learning series that many senior leaders at prominent nonprofit and philanthropic organizations have gone through that have helped individuals in their personal growth around topics of structural racism, implicit bias, whiteness and privilege, etc. This has been a huge success in many respects and is highly recommended. 
  • The Annie E. Casey Foundation came out with a report on their two decade long journey of Operationalizing Equity within their organization.  It's a great report on how they've integrated equity into the work they do internally, as well as externally. 
  • The Racial Equity Resource Guide is a good resource (fromW.K. Kellogg Foundation) for a solid overview of things from a glossary of racial equity terms to talking about structural racism. 
  • Racial Equity Tools - The place many DEI practitioners turn to for an amazing list of curated resources, case studies, articles etc. This resource pulls from many different people in a plethora of different fields doing equity work. It's a great resource for anybody thinking about this work.
  • Seeing White Podcast - Unbelievable podcast on the history of race and the construct of whiteness in America. Fascinating listen. 
  • Characteristics of White Dominant Culture - Tema Okun
  • Interaction Institute for Social Change provides a range of trainings on historical, structural and institutional racism, and how they manifest in organizations. They also provide training on how to facilitate for racial justice and race equity:
  • Transforming Organizational Culture Assessment Tool designed by the curator of the Racial Equity Tools site, Maggie Potapchuk.
  • Beloved Community’s Equity Audit is an assessment of organizational equity that includes benchmarking against peer organizations. Please click here to view their website.