About Us

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Welcome to the Racial Equity Tools website! 

 

If you are a new user, we are excited to have you join the community. If you are a returning user, welcome back! We hope you enjoy the new structure, look, and discover the 600+ new resources.

 

Racial Equity Tools is designed to support individuals and groups working to achieve racial equity. It offers tools, research, tips, curricula, and ideas for people who want to increase their understanding and to help those working for racial justice at every level – in systems, organizations, communities, and the culture at large.  We curate resources that use language and analysis reflecting an understanding of systemic racism, power, and privilege and are accessible on-line and free to users. The only exceptions are the Transforming White Privilege curriculum which is behind a paywall on the RET site, and the Racial Equity Learning modules which are linked to World Trust Educational Services’ site.

 

The RET site is only possible because of the output and generosity of all the organizations and groups working to achieve racial equity whose materials make up the site. We encourage you to visit their websites to see more of their work and learn more about their expertise.

 

This website is voluntarily managed by our three organizations. We launched RET originally in 2009, overhauled the site in 2013 when the current menu was designed (Fundamentals, Plan, Act, Evaluate), and merged it with  evaluationtoolsforracialequity.org and racialequitylearning.org sites.  We are excited for you to explore the RET 2020 refresh, which was possible because of the hard work of a number of people and generous grants and donations from funders, organizations, and individuals. Please take the time to read the appreciations below.

Our FAQ will share more specifics about the changes we made for this update.  As always, we welcome your feedback (info@racialequitytools.org) and invite you to submit resources. Please subscribe to the newsletter, in which you will be informed of new resources 6–8 times a year and connect with fellow users on our RET Facebook page.

In Solidarity,

Maggie Potapchuk - MP Associates

Sally Leiderman & Stephanie Halbert Jones - CAPD

Shakti Butler - World Trust Educational Services

 

December 2020

“If you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have a moral obligation to do something about it.”

~ Congressman John Lewis

Our Mission & Goals

Racial Equity Tools is designed to support individuals and groups working to achieve racial equity. This site offers tools, research, tips, curricula, and ideas for people who want to increase their own understanding and to help those working for racial justice at every level – in systems, organizations, communities, and the culture at large.

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Gratitude to the team and our supporters for the RET Update 2020

The Team for the RET 2020 Update includes our amazing, thoughtful, and patient website designer who creatively leaned into any challenge − Eric Blackerby, Better Everyday. We are also grateful for the immense expertise and tenacity of our data manager who is always proactive – Josephine Dru. Eric and Josephine both went above and beyond to have RET be a beautifully refreshed and organized site.

 

We also want to share appreciation for Shireen Tabrizi who jumped in and created the framework for organizing the resources and began the tagging process. Thanks to Bethany Jensen for timely contributions to site-launch essentials and further help with resource tagging. Also, much gratitude to Amy T. Paul, who wrote the descriptions for our newest categories, and edited half of the category descriptions to prepare for the launch. Thanks to Kevin John Fong, who generously shared many of his mural photos for the RET site. We appreciate our friends and colleagues who were responsive to our questions and were supportive during this refresh process. Maggie Potapchuk of MP Associates, along with Stephanie Halbert-Jones of CAPD, genuinely want to express our deepest appreciation and gratitude to the RET team.

 

We are especially grateful to the generous funders and donors who stepped up to ensure we could compensate the contractors mentioned above and other costs related to the refresh and migration of the site. More than 75 individuals and a couple non-profits provided generous donations. We want to publicly thank the following funders: Borealis Philanthropy, Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, Nellie Mae Educational Foundation, and the President of the Skillman Foundation, who provided grants that took us over the finish line. We genuinely appreciated, and made good use of, every dollar you shared with us. Thank you!

Update: We also appreciate Borealis Philanthropy’s support in highlighting RET’s work in their February 2021 newsletter.

Appreciation for the team involved in RET’s Launch 2016

We want to express our appreciation to many people for their work to relaunch Racial Equity Tools, which includes the merger of three sites, www.racialequitytools.org, www.evaluationtoolsforracialequity.org and www.racialequitylearning.org

 

First and foremost, we appreciate the generosity of all the organizations and individuals who are sharing their tools and resources on this website. We hope you will visit their websites to see more of their work.

 

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation invested in the idea to merge the three sites as part of creating a single more robust and accessible one. We appreciate their leadership and clear focus on achieving racial equity.

We also want to acknowledge publicly the enormous contributions of those who created the enhanced and merged site, including:

  • Lisa Abbott, Project Manager (World Trust)

  • Blake Paradis, Social Network Connector (World Trust)

  • Sam Stephens, Content and Tip Sheet Contributor (CAPD)

  • Stephanie Leiderman, Research Associate (CAPD)

  • Matthew Leiderman, Resource Coordinator (CAPD)

  • Celery Design Collaborative, Website Design

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Appreciation to the people involved in RET’s Launch 2016

We also thank the people who helped create the original sites that were merged into this one. They provided ideas, content, technical support and/or reviewed the sites in development. Big thanks to:

  • Adrienne Henderson

  • Amy Malick

  • Anne Kubisch

  • April Grayson

  • Beth A. Broadway

  • Beverley Keefe

  • Blake Emerson

  • Brigette Rouson

  • Caressa Hamby

  • Carolyne Abdullah

  • Cathy Rion

  • Craig White

  • Donna Bivens

  • Elaine Gross

  • Elizabeth Williams-Riley

  • Gary Garb

  • Gaye Evans

  • Gita Gulati-Partee

  • Gretchen Susi

  • Gwendolyn Grant

  • Hedy Tripp

  • Ilana Shapiro

  • Jacquelyn Brown

  • Janet Gillespie

  • Jarrod Schwartz

  • Jeff Hitchcock

  • Jeff Stone

  • Joe Szakos

  • Julie Nelson

  • Kien Lee

  • Kimberly Roberson

  • Kohei Ishihara

  • Lauren Kucera

  • Laurie Bezold

  • Linda Bowen

  • Loudi Rivamonte

  • Makani Themba Nixon

  • Mariama White-Hammond

  • Mike Wenger

  • Paul Marcus

  • Peter Wilson

  • RaShonne Davis

  • Ruben Lizardo

  • Sharon Streater

  • Shenandoah Gale

  • Shirley Strong

  • Susan Batten

  • Taquiena Boston

  • Valerie Ohle

  • Walter Davis

  • Woullard Lett

  • Yoke Sim Gunaratne

Gratitude to the people and organizations involved in Evaluation Tools for Racial Equity

We also thank organizations that provided funding and/or in-kind support for the original www.racialequitytools.org and for www.evaluationtoolsforracialequity.org:

  • The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

  • Annie E. Casey Foundation.

  • Project Change Anti-racism Initiative

  • Everyday Democracy (the Paul J.Aicher Foundation)

  • Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies’ Network of Alliances Bridging Race and Ethnicity

  • Aspen Institute Roundtable on Community Change

 

We remain very grateful to the four organizations that agreed to pilot the first of these sites − www.evaluationtoolsforracialequity.org. Each provided candid feedback, shared their ideas and expectations for the website, helped create its framework, piloted tools and resources and served as our advisors along the way. We thank especially Elaine Gross at ERASE Racism on Long Island, New York; Frankie Blackburn and Ray Moreno of IMPACT Silver Spring in Maryland; Marisabel Villagomez, Doris Watkins, and Jill Weiler from Tellin’ Stories in Washington, D.C. and Barbara Heisler Williams and George Robinson of the South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race in New Jersey. 

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Please share your feedback and ideas about the RET site so it continues to improve.