Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Resources

Guides for Nonprofit Leaders

Awake to Woke to Work: Building a Race Equity Culture
Showing Up for Racial Justice Toolkit: Calling People In About “Violence”
Supporting Black Staff in Times of Crisis

Let’s Talk! Discussing Race, Racism, and Other Difficult Topics with Students
The Governance Gap: Examining Diversity and Equity on Nonprofit Board of Directors
The Aspen Institute’s Ten Lessons for Taking Leadership on Racial Equity
Tools for Organizational Self-Assessment Related to Racial Equity
Being an Upstander: Racism
Key Equity Terms & Concepts: A Glossary for Shared Understanding
Annie E. Casey Foundation Race Matters Toolkit
W.K. Kellogg Foundation Racial Equity Resource Guide
Racial Equity Learning Modules
Anti-Racist Organizational Development

Additional Reading Lists, Podcasts, and Videos

Anti-racism resources for white folks
NYU Anti-Black Racism Education Series
The Harvard Gazette: A Reading List on Issues of Race (books)
Ten Books I Wish My White Teachers Had Read (books)
Scaffolded Anti-Racist Resources
Harvard Kennedy School: Racial Justice, Racial Equity, and Anti-Racism Reading List
Curriculum for White Americans to Educate Themselves on Race and Racism


The 1619 Project by The New York Times
Seeing White by Scene On Radio
Code Switch by NPR
Intersectionality Matters by the African American Policy Forum
On Being (Episodes from 6/11-Present)

Systemic Racism Explained 

Color Blind or Color Brave?

The subject of race can be very touchy. As finance executive Mellody Hobson says, it’s a “conversational third rail.” But, she says, that’s exactly why we need to start talking about it. In this engaging, persuasive talk, Hobson makes the case that speaking openly about race — and particularly about diversity in hiring — makes for better businesses and a better society.

How to Overcome Our Biases? Walk Bravely Toward Them

Our biases can be dangerous, even deadly — as we’ve seen in the cases of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner, in Staten Island, New York. Diversity advocate Vernā Myers looks closely at some of the subconscious attitudes we hold toward out-groups. She makes a plea to all people: Acknowledge your biases. Then move toward, not away from, the groups that make you uncomfortable. In a funny, impassioned, important talk, she shows us how.

The Danger of a Single Story

Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.

3 Ways to Speak English

Jamila Lyiscott is a “tri-tongued orator;” in her powerful spoken-word essay “Broken English,” she celebrates — and challenges — the three distinct flavors of English she speaks with her friends, in the classroom and with her parents. As she explores the complicated history and present-day identity that each language represents, she unpacks what it means to be “articulate.”

We Need to Talk about an Injustice

In an engaging and personal talk — with cameo appearances from his grandmother and Rosa Parks — human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson shares some hard truths about America’s justice system, starting with a massive imbalance along racial lines: a third of the country’s black male population has been incarcerated at some point in their lives. These issues, which are wrapped up in America’s unexamined history, are rarely talked about with this level of candor, insight and persuasiveness.

How We Can Start to Heal the Pain of Racial Division

“Where does it hurt?” It’s a question that activist and educator Ruby Sales has traveled the US asking, looking deeply at the country’s legacy of racism and searching for sources of healing. In this moving talk, she shares what she’s learned, reflecting on her time as a freedom fighter in the civil rights movement and offering new thinking on pathways to racial justice.

How to Let Go of Being a “Good” Person – and Become a Better Person

What if your attachment to being a “good” person is holding you back from actually becoming a better person? In this accessible talk, social psychologist Dolly Chugh explains the puzzling psychology of ethical behavior — like why it’s hard to spot your biases and acknowledge mistakes — and shows how the path to becoming better starts with owning your mistakes. “In every other part of our lives, we give ourselves room to grow — except in this one, where it matters most,” Chugh says.

The Urgency of Intersectionality

Now more than ever, it’s important to look boldly at the reality of race and gender bias — and understand how the two can combine to create even more harm. Kimberlé Crenshaw uses the term “intersectionality” to describe this phenomenon; as she says, if you’re standing in the path of multiple forms of exclusion, you’re likely to get hit by both. In this moving talk, she calls on us to bear witness to this reality and speak up for victims of prejudice.