Learning About Building Equity and Social Justice

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The Literacy Council staff is investing time in learning about building equity and social justice within the Literacy Council, in the nonprofit sector, and in our local community. Here are some resources that we are using to equip ourselves with knowledge and educated opinions. Volunteer tutors may be interested in learning through these same resources, and possibly even sharing what they learn with students in lessons, as they see appropriate.

Standing Opportunities:

What’s White Got to do With It Part I (recorded webinar): Explore the socio-political and historical contexts of whiteness and how the white dominant culture by which most nonprofits operate was constructed and has been upheld through policy, legal decisions, and Eurocentric cultural values.

What’s White Got to do With It Part II (recorded webinar): Take a deeper dive into the extent that white dominant cultural tendencies have been internalized and operationalized within our nonprofits and the role that gatekeepers have in perpetuating or disrupting non-inclusive practices and policies. We’ll explore tactics that unite your staff and board in prioritizing equity and looking at the organization’s work and culture through a racial equity lens. 

YWCA Asheville Racial Justice Workshop (in-person workshop): This 90-minute workshop takes place on the second Tuesday of each month at 11:30 am at the YWCA, open to anyone in our community looking to grow their understanding of racism and racial justice.

Hood Huggers (walking or driving tour): Asheville’s black history and art tours, offered weekly

White Supremacy Culture: Treachery and Transformation (recorded webinar): Webinar hosted by the NC Center for Nonprofits.  Promotes a shared understanding of what white supremacy culture is and how it manifests in our organizations so we are better positioned to challenge it.

Personal Self-Assessment of Anti-Bias Behavior (worksheet): Published by the Anti-Defamation League, this worksheet encourages anti-bias self-reflection and goal creation.

Project Implicit: Social Attitudes Associations Test (online test): Developed by researchers interested in implicit social cognition, this tool helps identify personal “blind spots” in an effort to become aware of one’s own implicit biases. 

Impact > Intention: Understanding Implicit Bias (recorded webinar): Webinar hosted by the NC Center for Nonprofits “Are we practicing what we preach? Or is our implicit bias negatively affecting our decisions in spite of our good intentions?” Presented by Ivan Canada and Michael Robinson of the National Conference for Community and Justice of the Piedmont Triad

When Racial Equity Gets Real: Moving Beyond Theory to Daily Practice (recorded webinar): Webinar hosted by WNC Nonprofit Pathways. “Tamiko Ambrose Murray, a community-based researcher, cultural organizer, facilitator and consultant and Marisol Jiménez, founder and lead consultant for Tepeyac Consulting, dive into some ‘real talk’ about racial equity and hear the experiences and perspectives of other nonprofit leaders in their efforts to move from theory to practice.”

Rain in a Dry Land (documentary): Screened in the Literacy Council office on 2/7/18, available to rent from YouTube Video. “An intimate portrait of two families who leave behind a legacy of slavery in Africa to discover new challenges in 21st-century America.”

The Waters & Harvey Show (podcast): “The Waters & Harvey Show, co-hosted bDr. Waters and Dr. Marcus Harvey, is produced by Dr. Waters at Blue Ridge Public Radio. The show offers listeners informed conversations and interviews about history, culture and their impact on current affairs. According to Waters, ‘Our series is committed to giving voice to historically marginalized people and communities. Through our lively conversations, we hope to encourage a deeper understanding of our vibrant community.'”

How to Think Differently about Diversity in Nonprofit Leadership: Get Comfortable with Discomfort (article): Article published by Nonprofit Quarterly. “This article is part of an ongoing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Project by the publication [and it] addresses ways of thinking differently about a variety of issues affecting the nonprofit sector.”

Boards in Motion: Moving from Diversity to Equity (recorded webinar): Webinar hosted by WNC Nonprofit Pathways. “Tamiko Ambrose Murray (Center for Participatory Change) and Kate Pett (Asheville City Schools Foundation) explore the role of racial equity at the board level and delve into one board’s story on the road toward achieving greater equity.”

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