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What We're Reading: Operationalizing Racial Equity Edition

The lunar new year of the tiger began on February 1, so it's still a new year which means we have an opportunity for a fresh start. Leaders and staff in organizations from different sectors use the phrase “racial equity” or “diversity, equity, and inclusion” and talk about it but sometimes there is a disconnect between talking and acting on what it means to operationalize racial equity. Along with this desire for change, there is the inevitable question of, “now, what do we need to do?”  

For this edition of What We’re Reading, we are highlighting perspectives on operationalizing racial equity that don’t often get centered. There isn’t a magic bullet, a formula, or a one-size-fits-all plan on how to implement racial equity in institutions in the business, government, nonprofit, and philanthropy sectors. We’ve included some articles and podcasts to give you a taste of what and how to practice racial equity. You’ll find reminders from leaders with different lived experiences who share about the hard conversations, the conflicts of engaging in racial justice, and offer some solutions and tips on healing, shifting policies/practices, and creating equitable organizational cultures.  

If you want to learn more, please join us for Operationalizing Racial Equity: Lessons from Multiple Sectors program where we will have a panel of alumni from the Racial Equity Action Institute who will share stories and experiences of how to make change.

1. “If there was ever a time to be in solidarity with disabled people, it is now.” 

You Are Not Entitled To Our Deaths: COVID, Abled Supremacy & Interdependence, Leaving Evidence


2. “How Do We Create a Bigger We?” 

Crisis and Change: Conversations with Leaders—Race and Diversity Today, Stanford Social Innovation Review


3. “Dominant Culture Rules Everything Around Us...But Another World is Possible” 

Into the Fire: Lessons from Movement Conflicts, Nonprofit Quarterly


4. You Have to Start Somewhere in Order to Start At All 

What Businesses Can Learn from the Social Sector about Racial Equity, Deloitte


5. Waking Up: Dropping into Discomfort, Complexity, and Accountability  

Change Cadet Podcast, Michelle MiJung Kim’s The Wake Up

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