Racial Equity Resources
As mission-driven, faith-based organizations, it is vital that we consider our roles in systemic racism and work to dismantle inequitable systems. This library is meant to resource you and your organizations as you work to advance race equity. We will continually add resources and update this page as we learn collaboratively.
Contact Susan Newton, Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives, with questions or suggested resources to add to this library.
Tools for Collaborative Discussion
Books that Lutheran Services in America Members are Reading
- Cassia IDEAL Resource Library
- The Color Bind: Talking (and Not Talking) about Race at Work by Erica Foldy and Tamara R. Buckley
- Deep Denial: The Persistence of White Supremacy in United States History and Life by David Billings
- Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the US by Lenny Duncan
- How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Era of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
- The Inner Work of Racial Justice by Rhonda McGee
- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
- The Color of Water by James McBride
- Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi
- White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo
- Before the Mayflower: A History of Black America by Lerone Bennett Jr.
- Black Robes, White Justice by Bruce Wright
- Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America by Juan Gonzalez
- Latina Empowerment Through Leadership: Mindful Stories From Inspiring Women by Catherine Munoz Graces
- Inventing Latinos: A New Story of American Racism by Laura E. Gomez
- The Latinos of Asia: How Filipino Americans Break the Rules of Race by Anthony Christian Ocampo
- Critical Race Theory by Richard Delgado
- America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America by Jim Wallis
- White Too Long by Robert P. Jones
Resources for Exploring White Privilege
- Peggy Macintosh Invisible Knapsack: Unpacking White Privilege
- United Church of Christ curriculum: White Privilege: Let’s Talk”
- Watch Robin DiAngelo on Deconstructing White Privilege
- Listen to the On Being Podcast by Resmaa Menakem and Robin DiAngelo
- Watch Bryan Stevenson’s interview with Isabel Wilkerson on “Caste”
- Watch Tim Wise: On White Privilege
Resources on Allyship
- The Guide to Allyship
- Watch this TedX talk to prepare for conversations around racial equity:Video – “How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Discussing Race”
- Forbes Article: Allyship – The Key To Unlocking The Power Of Diversity
- YouTube Video: 5 Tips For Being An Ally
Resources on Language
- Advancing Health Equity: A Guide to Language, Narrative and Concepts – a guide to achieve more equitable outcomes rooted in a deep analysis of the language, narrative and concepts that we use in our work.
- NRPA Equity Language Guide – a guide to inspire more inclusive communication helping create communities where everyone feels welcome to participate fully as their true selves.
- Blog: The real reasons many organizations are still unable to diversify their board, staff, fundraising committees, etc.
- Blog and resources on racism in the workplace
- Resources focusing on environmental racism and justice
- A visual depiction of the journey to becoming antiracist, provided by Dr. Paulo Pina at NYU Langone
- Series on Housing Policy and Racial Equity
- Read the Curb Cut Effect and reflect on the impact of targeted strategies aimed at increasing equity for populations who are disproportionately impacted by the design of the current systems/structures
- Confronting Prejudice: How to Protect Yourself and Help Others from Pepperdine University
- Article: How Race-Related Stress Impacts Employees and What Companies Can Do to Help
- Under Our Skin videos
- Resources on historical trauma and cultural healing
- Race to Lead Reports: The Building Movement Project advises nonprofit organizations on making social change and using effective and inclusive leadership practices. It surveyed over 4,300 people about their experiences with race in the nonprofit sector. The resulting “Race to Lead” series offers key findings and recommendations for increasing the number of nonprofit leaders of color, reducing racial bias in nonprofit organizations, and improving the experiences of women of color in the nonprofit sector.
- 21-Day Race Equity Habit Building Challenge
- A Better Way: 50+ Action Items to Fight Against Racism In Your Community
- Harvard Implicit Bias Test
- United Way’s Cultural Competence Self-Assessment Checklist