Equity Resources – United Way Salt Lake
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The United Way of Salt Lake staff has compiled a list of resources that we believe are helpful in better understanding the impacts of structural racism in the communities and systems we live in. Continue your learning using these podcasts, books, articles, and videos.


How to use the database: Choose to sort by your stage of learning, by the overarching topic the resource addresses, or by the type of media. Click on the name of the resource to view more about it or begin learning.



Comcast Social Justice Series Multiple 3-part series featuring presentations from renown experts and panel discussions with local community leaders. Any Stage Community & Network Leadership
The Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs – Online Resources Multiple Resources related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including self assessments and online trainings. Any Stage Community & Network Leadership
YWCA 21 Day Racial Equity & Social Justice Challenge Multiple The Challenge ran in July 2020, and all content is available in the Archive. The Challenge was designed to create time and space to learn about racial equity and build more effective social justice habits. Any Stage Community & Network Leadership
How to Run Better Equity Focused Meetings
Color Brave Space
Article/ 5 pages A few suggestions for group norms and how to build a Brave space. Any Stage Community & Network Leadership
Speak Up, Lift Up, Fall Back: What We Need from Social Justice Allies Article/ 2 pages How to frame thinking in ways that brings the ownership of the work and progress to those we serve. Beginning Community & Network Leadership
Advancing Racial Equity Through Capacity Building: The Kresge Foundation’s Talent and Leadership Development Efforts Article/ 8 pages The Kresge Foundation describes how it addresses capacity-building programs by focusing specifically on leadership development through a racial equity lens and investing in the talent and leadership capacity of its grantees. This investment better equips nonprofits to advance racial equity and achieve better outcomes in their organizations and communities. Intermediate Community & Network Leadership
Equity in the Center: Awake, Woke, Work (2019) Book/ 35 Pages The levers that drive change and the stages that mark transformation using the Race Equity Cycle. Provide insights, tactics, and best practices to shift organizational culture and operationalize equity. Intermediate Community & Network Leadership
Inclusivity at Work: The Heart of Hard Conversations Podcast/ 47 Minutes Brené Brown and Aiko Bethea discuss empathy, accountability, and the power of listening and believing (including a very real role play). Any Stage Community & Network Leadership
Creating Transformative Cultures Podcast/ 74 Minutes Brené Brown and Aiko Bethea take the foundations from our first conversation and build on them with strategic and sustainable action items that we can take to create non-reactive, intentional, accountable, and transformational change. Intermediate/ Dedicated Community & Network Leadership
Michael McAfee Speaker Series: Achieving Results in an Inclusive Recovery Podcast/ 58 Minutes Michael McAfee, President and CEO of PolicyLink, discusses his work with Promise Neighborhoods, how we can create a more equitable future for our communities, and how businesses can organically build diversity and equity programs. Intermediate Community & Network Leadership
Social Justice As Ministry: A Conversation With Brittany Packnett - Speaker Series 2019 Podcast/ 50 Minutes Activist and podcast host Brittany Packnett says that social justice is her ministry. Packnett spoke about her faith and activism, and how we all can create a more equitable future. Any Stage Community & Network Leadership
Progressive Style Guide
Sum of Us
Article/ 41 Pages Dos and Don'ts of words to use. Any Stage Communication
Othering and Belonging – The Circle of Human Concern Video/ 3 minutes Espouses the belief that people from all communities should be within the circle of human concern and that by claiming to be individuals, corporations are pushing them out. Any Stage Communication
Decoded with Franchesca Ramsey – 5 Things You Should Know About Racism Video/ 6 minutes Racism=prejudice + power; acknowledges the complexity and nuances of racism including color blind racism and institutional racism. Beginning Communication
Decoded with Franchesca Ramsey – If Microaggressions happened to White people Video/ 3 minutes Uses role reversal to surface the many ways that folks enact microaggressions on POC. Beginning Communication
The Difference between Diversity, Inclusion & Equity Video/ 4 minutes Brief overview of what the differences are between the concepts of diversity, inclusion, and equity. Beginning Communication
Seeing White – Scene on Radio Podcast Podcast/ Episodes range from 15 minutes to an hour Podcast season that focuses on how race was developed as a tool for exclusion in early American history and has persisted over time. Dedicated Communication
‘You Can’t Lift People Up by Putting Them Down’: How to Talk About Tough Issues of Race, Poverty, and More Article/ 6 Pages Shifting the language we use to talk about social change to be based on aspirations and contributions. Beginning/ Intermediate Communication
Racial Equity in Pop Culture: Wesley Morris - 2019 Speaker Series Podcast/ 50 minutes Wesley Morris joined us for the 2019 Speaker Series to discuss the power of film and popular culture to mold and influence us and the racial messages movies send. Beginning Communication
The Realities Of Diversity: A Conversation With Jelani Cobb - 2018 Speaker Series Podcast/ 59 minutes As part of the 2018 Speaker Series, we had a conversation with New Yorker staff writer Jelani Cobb. Cobb’s writing deals with the problems we have in this country with race, politics and injustice. Beginning Communication
The Realities Of Diversity: A Conversation With Negin Farsad - 2018 Speaker Series Podcast/ 51 minutes Negin Farsad believes she can change the world with jokes. In her speaker series keynote, she discusses how she uses comedy to confront racism, bigotry, and ignorance. Any Stage Communication
The Realities of Diversity: A Conversation With Maria Hinojosa - 2018 Speaker Series Podcast/ 51 minutes Maria Hinojosa is a Mexican-American immigrant who got into journalism to be able to tell more stories about people like her. She discusses how to have difficult conversations about racism. Any Stage Communication
Caste, The Origins of Our Discontent Book / 500 pages A masterful portrait of an unseen phenomenon in America as she explores, through an immersive, deeply researched narrative and stories about real people, how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a rigid hierarchy of human rankings. Beginning/ Intermediate History and Awareness Building
Ally vs Conspirators Video/ 7 minutes Explores the difference between an ally and a co-conspirator. Any Stage History and Awareness Building
White Fragility: Why It’s so Hard for White People to Talk about Racism Book/ 192 pages Discusses the phenomenon of white fragility. Refers to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, and examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage constructively. Beginning History and Awareness Building
Fire on the Plateau: Conflict and Endurance in the American Southwest Book/ 416 pages The history of sometimes violent conflicts between indigenous populations and more recent settlers, the political machinations by industry and the legal establishment, the contentious disputes over resources and land use that have shaped the Southwest region. Beginning History and Awareness Building
These Truths: A History of the United States Book/ 960 pages The course of events over more than five centuries has proven the nation’s truths or belied them. Discusses the intertwined histories of American politics, law, journalism, and technology, from the colonial town meeting to the nineteenth-century party machine, etc. Beginning History and Awareness Building
Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America Book/ 608 pages Learn about anti-Black racist ideas and their staggering power over the course of American history. Uses the life stories of five major American intellectuals to offer a window into the contentious debates between assimilationists and segregationists and between racists and anti-racists. Beginning/Intermediate History and Awareness Building
The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America Book/ 368 pages How the American government deliberately imposed racial segregation on metropolitan areas nationwide. Beginning History and Awareness Building
Between the World and Me Book/ 176 pages Learn about the nation’s history and current crisis. How Americans have built an empire on the idea of “race,” a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of Black women and men. Beginning History and Awareness Building
Dear White America Book/ 190 pages The author discusses problems of race and inequality and makes a plea for those who harbor views about race and racism to modify and indeed eliminate them. Beginning History and Awareness Building
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration Book/ 395 pages The author shares the stores of 3 individuals to show how their American journeys unfolded, altering our cities, our country, and ourselves. Beginning History and Awareness Building
The Sum of Us Book/ 464 pages From the financial crisis of 2008 to rising student debt to collapsing public infrastructure, she found a root problem: racism in our politics and policymaking. But not just in the most obvious indignities for people of color. Racism has costs for white people, too. All History and Awareness Building
Infamy: The Shocking Story of the Japanese American Internment in World War II Book/ 384 pages Learn of internees who joined the military to fight for the country that had imprisoned their families, even as others fought for their rights all the way to the Supreme Court. Also tells the stories of those who endured years in war relocation camps. Any Stage History and Awareness Building
White Fragility Is Everywhere. But Does Antiracism Training Work? Article/ 12 Pages Discussion on the impact and effectiveness of anti-racist trainings. Any Stages History and Awareness Building
I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness Book/ 182 pages Memoir about the author learning to affirm her Blackness while navigating the subtle effects of white supremacy. Beginning History and Awareness Building
The History of White People Book/ 396 pages Telling perhaps the most important forgotten story in American history, eminent historian Nell Irvin Painter guides us through more than two thousand years of Western civilization, illuminating not only the invention of race but also the frequent praise of “whiteness” for economic, scientific, and political ends. Any Stage History and Awareness Building
Racism without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America Book/ 376 pages Racism without Racists documents how, beneath our contemporary conversation about race, there lies a full-blown arsenal of arguments, phrases, and stories that whites use to account for—and ultimately justify—racial inequalities. Beginning/ Intermediate History and Awareness Building
D5: Making the Case for Demographic Data Collection
D5 Coalition
Article/ 5 pages This document makes suggestions for designing, implementing, and assessing the impact of programs and investments through gathering and analyzing demographic data, ensuring responsive and relevant approaches to impact. Dedicated Data
Next Steps on DEI: Collecting Better Data for Greater Impact
McKnight Foundation
Article/ 3 pages The McKnight Foundation describes how collecting and analyzing disaggregated data can inject fresh thinking and asserts that there’s a significant body of evidence showing that this effort helps institutions adjust strategies and uncover hidden patterns of impact. Intermediate Data
Operationalizing Racial Equity & Inclusion: Contextualizing Systems, Data, and Place
Living Cities
Article/ 2 pages This series highlights the twelve themes uncovered in Living Cities’ scan of practices being used by organizations to operationalize racial equity. Beginning Data
Report: Grantmaking with a Racial Equity Lens Annie E Casey Foundation Article/ 32 pages This guide explores how a racial equity lens can help develop new leaders, encourage innovative approaches, get people talking, and inspire change inside foundations. Intermediate Fundraising, Resource Allocation, and Grantmaking
9 Principles of Community-Centric Fundraising
Nonprofit AF
Article/ 7 pages The author of this piece outlines nine principles of a community-centric fundraising approach. Beginning Fundraising, Resource Allocation, and Grantmaking
Racial Equity in Philanthropy: Closing the Funding Gap, The Bridgespan Group Article The authors seek to reinforce the message that dismantling the persistent and substantial barriers leaders of color face in securing philanthropic funding is critical to achieving social change. Beginning Fundraising, Resource Allocation, and Grantmaking
“Hope is Not a Strategy for Change” Article Explains why hope alone is not a sufficient strategy for change to effectively prevent future racial atrocities. Offers thoughts on what a responsive philanthropic strategy must involve. Beginning Fundraising, Resource Allocation, and Grantmaking
Race, Equity, and Unavoidable Challenges for Philanthropy Article Explores how racial equity is inextricable in making a meaningful difference in philanthropy. Discusses importance of supporting community-rooted organizations run by people of color and taking risks beyond the status quo. Beginning Fundraising, Resource Allocation, and Grantmaking
Nonprofits and Foundations Are Unintentionally Promoting Racism: Here’s How to Stop Article/ 11 Pages Discusses the importance of realizing your power as a funder, bringing in diverse perspectives, and committing to internal transformation. Beginning Fundraising, Resource Allocation, and Grantmaking
Unspoken: America's Native American Boarding Schools Video/ 50 minutes History of boarding schools in the U.S. and their long-lasting impact on Indigenous people. This documentary specifically talks about the last boarding school that closed in Utah. Any Stage Education
We Want to Do More Than Survive, Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom Book/ 200 pages Argues that educators must teach students about racial violence, oppression, and how to make sustainable change in their communities through radical civic initiatives and movements. She argues that the U.S. educational system is maintained by and profits from the suffering of children of color. Any Stage Education
Black History Month with RISE Virtual Academy Videos Michelle Love-Day, founder of RISE Virtual Academy, explains the importance of Black history and how we can better incorporate it into history lessons year-round. Beginning Education
The Problem Of Equity: Geoffrey Canada - 2019 Speaker Series Podcast/ 50 minutes Geoffrey Canada is on a mission to help inner-city kids escape the cycle of poverty. Through his work with the Harlem Children’s Zone, Canada has pioneered a new system, a new vision for what a school can be. Any Stage Education
Othering and Belonging – Targeted Universalism Video/ 4 minutes How to create goals and strategies that are mindful of inequities but also palatable politically. Any Stage Policy & Advocacy
Adam Ruins Everything – Red Lining Video/ 6 minutes Basics on red lining policy that has excluded POC, particularly Black people, from accumulating property and the wealth that comes with it. Beginning Policy & Advocacy
Let's Not Confuse 'Access and Inclusion' with Racial Equity Article/ 3 Pages The differences between access and inclusion, programmatic, and structured racial equity. It is an interactive activity intended to be completed as a group. Intermediate Policy & Advocacy
Language of Appeasement Article/ 5 Pages A series of questions to prompt focusing on equity and justice rather than diversity and inclusion. Intermediate Policy & Advocacy
David Brooks, New York Times – “This Is Where I Stand – The power of conservative radicalism in an age of upheaval” Article/ 2 Pages An opinion article on how ideas for political solutions are spurred by radical politics and best implemented through practical democratic strategies. Any Stage Policy & Advocacy
Evil Geniuses: The Unmaking of America
Kurt Andersen
Book/ 465 Pages A historical look at how conservative politicians fundamentally shifted the direction of the U.S. and allowed “fairness” to go by the wayside. Intermediate Policy & Advocacy
What the Racial Data Show Article How COVID-19 is disproportionally impacting BIPOC. Any Stage Health
Addressing Health Disparities Among Racially & Culturally Diverse Populations in Utah During COVID-19
Leavitt Partners in collaboration with the Multicultural Advisory Committee of the State of Utah’s
Article How COVID-19 disproportionally impacts BIPOC in Utah. Based in part on interviews with Utah organizations. Any Stage Health
Creating the Healthiest Nation: Advancing Health Equity Article/ 3 pages Consequences of health inequities and key principles for advancing health equity. Any Stage Health

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