Systems Thinking

Systems thinking can help people understand why changes in multiple sectors are necessary to make genuinely sustainable progress towards racial equity in particular spheres such as education, health, or economic security. It can thus help identify both entry points for change and links among those entry points. The resources on systems thinking provide entry points for change-makers to consider how to make progress around racial equity in education, health, and housing, for example, identifying interventions that address the root causes.

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“If you’re calling for an end to unrest, but not calling out police brutality, not calling for health care as a human right, not calling for an end to housing discrimination, all you’re asking for is the continuation of quiet oppression.”

~ Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez


Systems vs. Conventional Thinking – David Stroh, Bridgeway TestChannel

Also in this section:
  • Racial Equity

  • Structural Racism

  • Internalized Racism

  • Race, Ethnicity, and Indigeneity

  • Decolonization Theory and Practice

  • Theory

  • Racism

  • System of White Supremacy and White Privilege

  • Intersectionality



Critical Race Theory



Internalized Racism


Racial Equity

Racial Identity Development Theory

Racial Justice

Settler Colonialism

Targeted Universalism

White Privilege

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