Resources By Issue - Racial Equity

We need to face racism head-on in order to have healthy communities and a strong country. Racism and gaps among racial and ethnic groups affect education, housing, health care, the justice system and job opportunities. If we're going to make progress in our communities and in our country, people from all backgrounds and views must work together to address racism and inequities.

Dialogue-to-change programs can help people from a variety of racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds examine the gaps among racial and ethnic groups where they live, explore approaches to creating greater equity, and create lasting change in their community.

Why addressing racism is important to building a strong democracy:

  • Racism is rooted in our history and embedded in our culture
  • Racism is one of the greatest barriers to solving all kinds of public problems
  • Because of this, we help communities pay special attention to how structural racism and other structural inequities affect the problems they want to address


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The goal of this activity is to illustrate the different experiences participants may have based on the color of their skin. It will help provoke thinking and dialogue about different experiences and...
Una guía para llevar a cabo seis sesiones de diálogos comunitarios con la meta de ayudar a las comunidades a enfrentar y combatir el racismo.
Una guía suplementaria diseñada para dar a personas de un mismo origen racial o étnico la oportunidad de hablar sobre temas de racismo antes y después de los diálogos regulares de un programa de...
A supplemental guide intended to give people with similar racial or ethnic backgrounds an opportunity to talk with each other about issues of racism in sessions preceding and following the regular...
A list of external resources for creating racial equity.
Following each dialogue session, facilitators should take some time to debrief and make sure they are working well together.
Neglected properties, over-occupied homes, and public safety concerns were a few of the issues residents of the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pa., wanted to address in their new master plan. In...

Dialogue to Change

Our ultimate goal is to create positive community change that includes everyone, and we believe that our tools, advice, and resources will help foster that kind of change. Whether you’re grappling with a divisive community issue, or simply want to include residents’ voices in city government, the dialogue to change program can help community members take action and make their voice heard.