COVID-19 - Racial Equity and Social Justice Resources

This section includes information that we hope will help communities and activists as they work to understand and respond both to the moment and for the long haul. Our COVID-19 resources are arranged in categories to help you sift through the material:

Analysis includes a range of resources that look at the big picture – how the pandemic may reshape the world, the existing disparities it highlights, and perspectives on the virus’ impact on different communities and issue areas.

Healing and Community Care centers on how to care for ourselves and our people in this time, while continuing to center the needs and perspectives of the most vulnerable.

List of Lists is a collection of resource lists shared by others that relate to equity, social justice and other areas [...]


You Are Not Entitled To Our Deaths: COVID, Abled Supremacy & Interdependence
Mia Mingus
Leaving Evidence
Segregated hospitals are killing Black people. Data from the pandemic proves it.
David A. Asch and Rachel M. Werner 
Washington Post
Pandemic Reflections Blog Series
Put People First! PA
The Survivors: Stories of People Released from ICE Detention During the COVID-19 Pandemic
3 Principles for an Antiracist, Equitable State Response to COVID-19 — and a Stronger Recovery
Cortney Sanders, Michael Leachman, and Erica Williams
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP)
Black Immigrant Domestic Workers in the Time of COVID-19
Marc Bayard and Kimberly Freeman Brown
Institute for Policy Studies
The Racial Divide in Returning to the Classroom
Bryan Walsh
Billionaire Wealth vs. Community Health: Protecting Essential Workers from Pandemic Profiteers
B. Agustin, C. Collins, J. Heller, S. Myklebust, and O. Ocampo
Bargaining for the Common Good, the Institute for Policy Studies, and United for Respect
How Immigrant Communities Are Confronting COVID Challenges
Macollvie J. Neel
YES! Magazine
Covid, Race, and the Revolution
First 90 Days of Prisoner Resistance to COVID-19: Report on Events, Data, and Trends
The Pandemic Has Widened Gaps in Native Communities—Now Is Our Chance to Close Them
Kristina Saccone and Dr. Billie Jo Kipp
Aspen Institute; Center for Native American Youth
Brandi Collins-Dexter on COVID-19 Misinformation and Black Communities
Brandi Collins-Dexter, Quinta Jurecic, and Evelyn Douek
Brookings, TechStream; Color of Change
COVID-19 Data on Native Americans Is “A National Disgrace.” This Scientist Is Fighting to Be Counted
Lizzie Wade
Science (AAAS)
How Racism in US Health System Hinders Care and Costs Lives of African Americans
Tamika C.B. Zapolski and Ukamaka M. Oruche
The Conversation
Rebuilding the House That Anti-Blackness Built in Our COVID Response
Economic Policy Institute
The Coronavirus Was an Emergency Until Trump Found Out Who Was Dying
Adam Serwer
The Atlantic
Unequal Consequences: The Disparate Impact of COVID-19 Across South Asian American Communities
Mahnoor Hussain
Sinophobia: How a Virus Reveals the Many Ways China is Feared
Tessa Wong
Social Distancing Is a Privilege
Charles M. Blow
The NY Times
Solidarity Economics—for the Coronavirus Crisis and Beyond
Chris Benner and Manual Pastor
The American Prospect
The Blue Plague and Black Death
Glen Ford
Black Agenda Report
The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Racial Wealth Gap
Danyelle Solomon and Darrick Hamilton
Center for American Progress; Kirwan Institute
The Coronavirus’s Unique Threat to the South
Vann R. Newkirk II
The Atlantic
The Fiction That Predicted the Future: Why Octavia E. Butler’s Novels Are So Relevant Today
Hephzibah Anderson
The Ripple Effects of the Coronavirus on Immigrant Communities
Edwidge Danticat
The New Yorker
The Unmattering of Black Lives
Kimberlé Crenshaw
The New Republic
The World After This
Motherboard Staff
To Protect Public Health, Don’t Police it
Anand Subramanian and Angela Glover Blackwell
Trump’s Racist Response To Covid-19 Endangers All Americans, Including Immigrants
Laura Rivera
U.S. Latinos Among Hardest Hit by Pay Cuts, Job Losses Due to Coronavirus
Jens Manuel Krogstad, A. Gonzalez-Barrera, and L. Noe-Bustamante
Pew Research Center
Under the Blacklight: The Intersectional Failures That COVID Lays Bare
Kimberlé Crenshaw
The African American Policy Forum (AAPF)
What the Racial Data Show
Ibram X. Kendi
The Atlantic
When Xenophobia Spreads Like A Virus
Natalie Escobar
NPR’s Code Switch
White Supremacists Discussed Using Coronavirus As A Bioweapon
Hunter Walker and Jana Winter
Who Belongs? EP 23 - Racism and COVID-19: The Historical, Political, and Social Foundations
Catherine Ceniza Choy, Ian Haney López, and Osagie K. Obasogie with Marc Abizeid
Othering & Belonging Institute
Women of Color Will Save Us All
Erin Trent Johnson
Your Racism Is Showing: Coronavirus and the Racist History of Pandemics
Felice León
The Root
“A Terrible Price”: The Deadly Racial Disparities of Covid-19 in America
Linda Villarosa
The NY Times
A Few Things for Nonprofits and Foundations to Consider in Light of the Coronavirus
Vu Le
Nonprofit AF
A Lesson From COVID-19: A History of Racism and Disease in Hawai’i
Kathleen Wong
An Epidemic of Inequities: Structural Racism and COVID-19 in the Black Community
S. Bechteler, K. Kane-Willis, K. Butler, and I. Espinosa-Ravi
Chicago Urban League
Asian-American Leaders Condemn COVID-19 Racism
N. Jamiyla Chisholm
Beyond Covid-19 and Disaster Capitalism: Why We Need Sustainable, Secure Left Tech Infrastructure for Social Justice Movements
Jeremy Saunders and Alice Aguilar
Progressive Technology Project
Black Businesses Left Behind in Covid-19 Relief
Andre Perry and Natalie Hopkinson
Bloomberg CityLab
Black Communities Are on the “Frontline” of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Here’s Why
Anne Branigin
The Root
Black Communities Need Support, Not a Coronavirus Police State
Robyn Maynard and Andrea J. Ritchie
Color of Covid: The Racial Justice Paradox of Our New Stay-At-Home Economy
Catherine Powell
Coronavirus Has Exposed America’s Digital Divide
Nicole Aschoff
COVID-19 & Indian Country: Pandemic Exposes Navajo Nation’s Water Access Crisis & Health Disparities
Dean Seneca and Emma Robbins with Amy Goodman
Democracy Now!
COVID-19 & Race
COVID-19 and the Crisis of Racial Capitalism
K. Sabeel Rahman
COVID-19 Puts Structural Racism On Full Display — Will We Finally Do Something to Correct It?
Stephen F. Gray
Next City
COVID-19: Disarm the Police, Rebuild Our Communities
Ray Acheson
Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom
COVID-19: Fight for Immediate Solutions; Fight for the Future
Max Elbaum
Organizing Upgrade
COVID19 and Policing
Community Resource Hub for Safety and Accountability
Early Data Shows African Americans Have Contracted and Died of Coronavirus at an Alarming Rate
Akilah Johnson and Talia Buford
Equitable Institutional Sustainability in Times of Crisis
MASS Action
Health Justice Strategies to Combat COVID-19: Protecting Vulnerable Communities During a Pandemic
Emily A. Benfer and Lindsay F. Wiley
Health Affairs
How Social Distancing Could Lead to a Spike in White Nationalism
EJ Dickson
Rolling Stone
How Testing for Coronavirus Became a Rorschach Test for Racism
Hilary Beard
How to Make Black Lives Matter During COVID-19
Frieda Wiley
YES! Magazine
Indian Country, Where Residents Suffer Disproportionately From Disease, is Bracing for Coronavirus
Dana Hedgpeth, D. Fears and G. Scruggs
The Washington Post
Intersections of Justice in the Time of Corona Virus
Cara Page and Eesha Pandit
Crunk Feminist Collective
Life at the Intersection: Older Adults Need a Response to COVID-19 Grounded in Equity
Denny Chan
Justice in Aging
New Blog Series: Tribal Perspectives on COVID-19
Erik Stegman
Native Americans in Philanthropy
Not Everybody Can Work From Home: Black and Hispanic Workers Are Much Less Likely to Be Able to Telework
Elise Gould and Heidi Shierholz
Economic Policy Institute
On Being Black, Southern and Rural in the Time of COVID-19
Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson
Pandemic-ing While White
Tim Wise
Race Forward Statement on the Coronavirus Emergency, Official Response and Its Impacts on Communities of Color
Race Forward
Ring the Alarm: COVID-19 Presents Grave Danger to Communities of Color
Hilary Beard
Sheltering in Place & Gentrification: Diminishing Space for Black People Before and During Covid-19
Teju Adisa-Farrar
The Black Urbanist Blog

Healing and Community Care

It’s Still the Apocalypse, Let’s Give Ourselves and One Another Some Grace
Vu Le
Opportunities to Invest in Community Resilience for COVID and Climate
Neenah Estrella-Luna and Penn Loh
Barr Foundation
“Solidarity, Not Charity”: A Visual History of Mutual Aid
Ariel Aberg-Riger
Bloomberg CityLab
Mental Health Issues Facing the Black Community
Sunshine Behavioral Health
Mutual Aid Resources
Big Door Brigade
COVID-19 Is Traumatizing All of Us. How Will We Cope After It’s Over?
Elizabeth Yuko
Rolling Stone
Join Us in Practice
Generative Somatics
The Importance of Self-Care and Wellness
Bridget Pooley and May Robinson
Mission Partners
Self-Love in the Time of Coronavirus
Hilary Beard
Solidarity Not Charity: Mutual Aid for Mobilization and Survival
Dean Spade
Social Text
Spell for Grief or Letting Go
adrienne maree brown
Trauma Response & Crisis Care for Movements
When the U.S. Don’t Love You Back: Surviving a Pandemic in a Racist & Xenophobic Society
Jallicia Jolly
Abolition Journal
Wrestling with Compassion
Up With Community
A Care Package for Uncertain Times
Jocelyn Tsaih
On Being
A Prayer for Justice and Compassion During the Pandemic
Reverand Dr. William J. Barber II
The Nation
Additional Resources for Facing Coronavirus/Covid19
adrienne maree brown
Adrienne Maree Brown on Finding Joy During the Coronavirus Crisis
Meghna Chakrabarti and Wes Martin
NPR’s On Point
Anti-Asian Racism is Taking a Mental and Emotional Toll on Me
Nancy Wang Yuen
Black Girl Magik COVID-19 Global Resource Guide
Black Girl Magik
Breaking the Chain: Healing Racial Trauma in the Body: An Interview with Resmaa Menakem
Resmaa Menakem and Kristin Moe
Care For Your Coronavirus Anxiety
Caring Across Distance: Some Things to Consider Before Movement Gatherings During COVID-19
Maryse Mitchell-Brody
Collective Care is Our Best Weapon Against COVID-19
Cindy Milstein
Mutual Aid Disaster Relief
Community Building Resources
Bailey E. Richardson and Kevin Huynh
People & Company
Community Care During COVID-19: A Message To and From AAPIs
Coronavirus and Community Care… A Few Weeks In
Susan Raffo
Coronavirus: Wisdom from a Social Justice Lens podcast
JD Davids, Evvie Ormon, Crissaris Sarnelli, and Elandria Williams
COVID-19 Mutual Aid
It’s Going Down
COVID-19 or Not, Black Folks Are Building Virtual Spaces of Joy, Intimacy and Tenderness
Amber Butts
COVID-19: A Black, Queer, Feminist Grounding and Call for Self and Community Care
Candace Bond-Theriault
Ms. Magazine
Database of Localized Resources During COVID 19 Outbreak
Red Comms Network
David Kessler and Brené Brown on Grief and Finding Meaning podcast
David Kessler and Brené Brown
Unlocking Us: Brené Brown
Decolonizing Community Care In Response to COVID-19: Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic Responsibly, Indigenously
Jade Begay
NDN Collective
Existing Campaigns & Mutual Aid by Location - COVID-19 Mutual Aid & Advocacy Resources
Facing COVID-19 With Community Instead of Fear
Lornet Turnbull
Grief in a Time of Not Knowing with Roshi Joan Halifax
Roshi Joan Halifax, Reverand Jennifer Bailey, and Carinne Luck
Listings of #covid19mutualaid Initiatives (Crowd-Sourced)
Love in the Time of Coronavirus: What Living Through the HIV/AIDS Epidemic Taught Me
Kevin Fong
YES! Magazine
On Grieving
Up With Community
Online Contemplative Resources for Coronavirus Guide
Recipies, Remedies, Resources for COVID Times
Harriet’s Apothecary Community
Reminders and Affirmations to Help You Through Quarantine
Sherronda J. Brown
Self Care in the Time of Corona
Marissa Hatten

Organizing and Solidarity

Addressing Anti-Asian Hate and Violence
John Landesman et al.
EquityMatters!, MCPS Equity Initiatives Unit
Natl Resource List – Minneapolis Uprising & Beyond
Pandemic Relief Priorities for Black Communities
LaShonda Brenson, Jessica Fulton, and Spencer Overton
Take Action to Help Stem the Spread of COVID-19
Ben & Jerry's
This Is Not a Drill LIVE: Left Organizers Discuss Path Forward
Rishi Awatramani, Marisa Franco, Rachel Gilmer, Maurice Mitchell, and Natalia Salgado with Adam Gold
Organizing Upgrade and The Real News Network
This is the Wake-Up Call for Nonprofits and Foundations to Get Political
Vu Le
Nonprofit AF
To Maintain Social Distancing, Immigrant Rights Groups Use Creative “Drive-By Protests”
Loretta Graceffo
Waging Nonviolence
We Keep Us Safe’: Black Trans Women on the Frontlines of the Pandemic
Tina Vasquez
What Does Solidarity Looks Like in times of Coronavirus?
Thousand Currents
Worker & Migrant Justice Response to the Coronavirus
National Day Laborer Organizing Network
#FreeThemAll: Let My People Go
Jews for Racial & Economic Justice et al.
#FreeThemAll: Toolkit to Support Local Demands for Mass Release of People in ICE Custody
Detention Watch Network
10 Ways to Fight for Social Justice During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Palika Makam
Teen Vogue
A Townhall on Anti-Asian Racism: Race, Struggle & Solidarity in the Time of a Global Pandemic
Gregory Cendana and DJ Kuttin Kandi
The People’s Collective for Justice & Liberation
Abolitionist Steps to Combat COVID-19 Behind Bars
Critical Resistance
Adapting Strategy & Building Power in Crisis
Ejeris Dixon and Dove Kent
Autonomous Groups Are Mobilizing Mutual Aid Initiatives To Combat The Coronavirus
It’s Going Down
Collective Tools for Engagement and Action in This Time of Crisis
Catalyst Project
Coronavirus Is a Historic Trigger Event. We Need a Massive Movement in Response.
Paul Engler
Coronavirus Pandemic and Black People: An Action Plan to Protect our Community
Rashad Robinson
COVID-19 Relief Priorities
Color Of Change
COVID-19 Response Guidance for Community Bail & Bond Funds
National Bail Fund Network
Demand Prison Phone Justice in COVID-19 Relief Efforts
Media Justice
Demand U.S. FCC & Congress Expand Broadband and Lifeline Access During COVID-19 Crisis
Access Now
Demands from Grassroots Organizers Concerning COVID-19
Kelly Hayes
Transformative Spaces
Ensure All People (Regardless of Immigration Status) Have Access to Care to Face the Coronavirus Pandemic – Sign Petition
United We Dream
Fascists Are Using COVID-19 to Advance Their Agenda. It’s Up to Us to Stop Them.
Ejeris Dixon
HOLY SH*T! 7 Things to Do Instead of Hoarding Toilet Paper
Rae Abileah and Nadine Bloch
Waging Nonviolence
Humanity Not Cages: Demanding a Just and Humane Response to Outbreak
Color Of Change
Join the Fight: We Will Not Leave Immigrants to Die in Detention
Never Again Action
National Demands for COVID-19
The Movement for Black Lives (M4BL)
Open Letter from Freedom Inc.’s Southeast Asian Team on COVID-19 and Black Solidarity
Freedom Inc.’s Southeast Asian Team
Organizing Resources – 2020 Digital Organizing Toolkit
Community Change Action
People’s Bailout: By and For the People
People’s Bailout
How to Plan a COVID-Safe Car Rally
Never Again Action
Preparing for Coronavirus Crisis: As Organizers, It’s Time to D What We Do Best
Irene Rojas-Carroll
Bay Rising
Resist, Connect and Transform: Join This World Call of Solidarity to Confront the COVID-19 Crisis
Alianza Americas
Social Justice in a Time of Social Distancing
Kenneth Bailey and Lori Lobenstine
The Design Studio for Social Intervention
Stand Against Hatred
Asian Americans Advancing Justice
Take Action to Protect Unhoused Folks During the COVID-19 Outbreak
National Coalition for the Homeless
Taking Action for Health, Justice, and Belonging in the Age of COVID-19
Human Impact Partners
The Asian American Reply to Pandemic-Era Racism Must Be Cross-Racial Solidarity
Kelsey Liu and Monica Hahn
The People’s Bailout: New Center of Gravity for the Resistance
Max Elbaum
Organizing Bailout
They Were Us
Kevin John Fong
Elemental Partners

Resource Building and Rapid Response

The COVID-19 Crucible: How Philanthropy-Serving Organizations Responded to the Pandemic and Are Adapting in a New Landscape
Marissa Jackson, Mark Sedway, Leslie Silverman, et al.
United Philanthropy Forum
Approaching the Intersection: Will a Global Pandemic and National Movement for Racial Justice Take Philanthropy Beyond Its Silos?
Steven Lawrence and Melinda Fine, Ed.D.
TCC Group
Philanthropy Must Face a Reckoning on Race in 2021
Abdullahi Alim
World Economic Forum; Qrius
Charting a Path Forward
First Nations Development Institute
5 Principles for Just COVID-19 Relief and Stimulus
COVID-19 Emergency Funding Sources
New Economy Coalition
Organizations Who Are Supporting Our Communities Now and Who Are In It for For the Long Haul - Let’s Support Them!
Coronavirus and COVID-19 Response and Relief Funds
Giving Compass and National Center for Family Philanthropy
Coronavirus Resource Kit
COVID-19 Emergency Mutual Aid Fund
Indigenous Environmental Network
COVID-19 Foundation Response Funds: COVID-19 Response Funds
Council on Foundations
COVID-19 Freelance Artists Resource
Nicole Brewer, H. Fenlon, A. Lonsdale, A. Vega, and A. Brady
The Freelance Artist Resource Producing Collective
COVID-19 Mutual Aid Fund for LGBTQI+ BIPOC Folks
Amita Swadhin et al.
COVID-19 Rapid Response Migration Fund
Hispanics in Philanthropy
COVID-19: Response and Recovery Resources for Giving Families
National Center for Family Philanthropy
COVID-19: Using a Racial Justice Lens Now to Transform Our Future
Lori Villarosa
Nonprofit Quarterly (NPQ)
COVID19 Emergency Funding Sources
New Economy Coalition
Essential Advice and Resources for Nonprofits – COVID-19 / Coronavirus | Recession | Remote Work
Four Criteria for More Justice in COVID-19 Funds
Justin Laing
Hillombo Consulting
Funders, This is the Rainy Day You Have Been Saving Up For
Vu Le
Nonprofit AF
Hey Philanthropy, Your Capacity-Building Partners Still Need You…and You Need Us Too!
Melissa DeShields, L. Gilbert, K. Harris, and T. Harris
McKinley Mutual Aid: Health & Help Network
Indigenous Lifeways et al.
Navajo & Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief Fund
Ethel Branch et al.
Rural Utah Project Education Fund
Philanthropic Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Racism is a Virus Too
Ellen Wang
Nellie Mae Education Foundation
The COVID-19 Crisis is a Racial Justice Issue & Our Response Must Prioritize the Power of Black, Indigenous, Latinx & Other People of Color
Yanique Redwood et al.
Coalition of Washington DC Funders
The Immigrant Worker Safety Net Fund
National Day Laborer Organizing Network
We Will Remember
Se-ah-dom Edmo
Nonprofit Quarterly (NPQ)

Resources and Tools

Coming Back Better
Eliza McCullough
Facilitating Hybrid Groups Online
Jeanne Rewa
Training for Change
Latest Data on COVID-19 Vaccinations Race/Ethnicity
Nambi Ndugga, O. Pham, L. Hill, et al.
Kaiser Family Foundation
The Conversation: Between Us, About Us
W. Kamau Bell & Black Health Care Workers
Greater Than COVID; Black Coalition Against COVID
The COVID Racial Data Tracker
The COVID Tracking Project at The Atlantic
14 Steps to a Moral Fusion Organizing
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
Repairers of the Breach
On the Frontlines: Nonprofits Led by People of Color Confront COVID-19 and Structural Racism
Jen Douglas, Deepa Iyer, et al.
Building Movement Project (BMP), SolidarityIs
State of Black America Unmasked 2020
The National Urban League
The Bele Framework: A Guide to Building Equitable Learning Environments
The BELE Network
Connecting the Dots: Protecting Students from White Nationalist Influence During COVID-19
Shelly Tochluk
Coronavirus Support Network
B. Lathrop, J. Agoada, and R. Oelrich
County-Level Coronavirus Impact Planning
How to Start a Mutual Aid Network in a Pandemic
Aaron Fernando
Network Weaver
Stepping into the Moment: The Coronavirus Crisis as an Opening for Transformative Change
Harmony Goldberg
Grassroots Policy Project
Stop AAPI Hate Reporting Center
Asian Pacific Policy & Planning Council
Strategic Thinking in Crises
Erik Peterson et al.
Up With Community
Talking About COVID-19: A Call for Racial, Economic, and Health Equity
Elizabeth Johnson
The Opportunity Agenda
Talking about Health, Housing, and COVID-19: Keeping Equity at the Forefront a Message Guide
Berkeley Media Studies Group
The COVID Tracking Project
The Atlantic
The Racial Impacts of COVID-19: Regularly Updated News Articles
Embrace Race
Youth First COVID-19 Action: Social Media Toolkit
Liz Ryan and BerlinRosen
Youth First
California Coalition for Women Prisoners
3 Principles for an Anti-Racist, Equitable State Response to COVID-19 — and a Stronger Recovery
Erica Williams and Cortney Sanders
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Anti-Stigma Social Media Toolkit
Public Health - Seattle & King County
Antiracist Parenting During COVID-19 and Beyond
Jardana Peacock and Rachel Parsons
YES! Magazine
Beloved Community COVID-19 Response Strategy Mini Equity Audit
Erica Freedman
Beloved Community
Bystander Intervention
American Friends Service Committee
Combating Anti-Asian Racism and COVID-19
Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)
Coronavirus Equity Considerations
Countering COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Stigma and Racism: Tips for Parents and Caregivers
Sheila Desai et al.
National Association of School Psychologists
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Response & Resources
The Justice Collaborative
COVID-19 Community Care Resources
Another Gulf Is Possible Collaborative
COVID-19 Open Data by State
Data for Black Lives
COVID-19: Policies to Protect People and Communities
Urban Institute
Crisis Communication Resource Guide: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
The Communications Network
Distance Learning During COVID-19: 7 Equity Considerations for Schools and Districts
Titilayo Tinubu Ali and Mirel Herrera
Southern Education Center
Education Equity in Crisis: How to Address Learning, Promotions, Transitions and Grades in Light of School and College Closures
The Education Trust-West
Know Your Rights During COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
Gabriel Arkles et al.
Vision Change Win and National Lawyers Guild
Mapping Our Roles in Social Change Ecosystems (2020)
Deepa Iyer
Building Movement Project
National COVID-19 Messaging Document
Anat Shenker Osorio Communications and Race Class Narrative
No Going Back: A COVID-19 Cultural Strategy Activation Guide for Artists and Activists
Janelle Treibitz et al.
The Center for Cultural Power
Principles for a Common-Sense, Street-Smart Recovery
Reimagining Strategy in Context of the COVID-19 Crisis: A Triage Tool
Marian Urquilla
Center for Community Investment
Represent Together: A Messaging Guide for Wellness and Safety
Million Voters Project

Virtual Work and Online Engagement

How to Run Effective Hybrid Meetings in the Social Sector
Mark Zitter
Stanford Social Innovation Review
Remote Technology in the Pandemic: Rebalancing Toward Equity and Access
Rachel Nova and Mark Hager
Nonprofit Quarterly (NPQ)
12 New Rules for Virtual Meetings, Since We’re Still In a Pandemic
Vu Le
Nonprofit AF
How We Return and Why It Matters, Part 1 of 2
Brené Brown with Priya Parker
Dare to Lead
Centering Equity & Inclusion During Virtual Meetings & Working From Home
Dr. Nicole Caridad Ralston
Beloved Community
Planning Effective and Culturally Responsive Meetings
John Landesman
Study Circles Program, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS)
The Tech Response to COVID-19 Shows How to Fix the Safety Net
Justin King, Sara Soka, Chad Smith, and Jordan Thomas
The Aspen Institute
Voices from the Field: The Need for Transformative Hybrid Online Spaces
Elandria Williams
Nonprofit Quarterly (NPQ)
7 Tips for Managing Virtual Meeting with Care During a Pandemic
Kiara Nagel
Network Weaver
Building Trust While Working Remotely
Sara Baker
The Engine Room
Checking-In to Prevent Checking-Out
Center for Story-based Strategy
Collaborative Resources for Virtual Events
Coronavirus Tech Handbook
Newspeak House
Digital Resilience During Actions
Equality Labs
Digital Resilience in the Time of Coronavirus
Equality Labs
Leading Groups Online: A Down-and-Dirty Guide to Leading Online Courses, Meetings, Trainings, and Events During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Jeanne Rewa and Daniel Hunter
Teaching for Change
Living (and Working Virtually) in Uncertainty
Cynthia Silva Parker
Interaction Institute for Social Change
Online Meeting Resources Toolkit for Facilitators During Coronavirus Pandemic
Facilitators for Pandemic Response Group
Protecting Privacy in the Age of Coronavirus: Digital Tools for Nonprofits
Alfredo Lopez
Nonprofit Quarterly (NPQ)
Remote DEI Toolkit
Remote DEI Collective and The Learning Accelerator
Information Ecology
Somatic Community Building
Lisa Jervis, M. Morand, and S. Jouard
Tips for Hosting Online Conversation
Peggy Holman
Journalism That Matters
Webinar: Online Facilitation 101
Training for Change

“We will not go back to normal. Normal never was. Our pre-corona existence was not normal other than we normalized greed, inequity, exhaustion, depletion, extraction, disconnection, confusion, rage, hoarding, and lack. We should not long to return, my friends. We are being given the opportunity to stitch a new garment. One that fits all of humanity and nature.”

~ Sonia Renee Taylor, author of The Body is Not An Apology


COVID-19 Top Demands Vision for Black Lies 2.0 – The Movement for Black Lives

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Anti-Racism is defined as the work of actively opposing racism by advocating for changes in political, economic, and social life. Anti-racism tends to be an individualized approach, and set up in opposition to individual racist behaviors and impacts.

SOURCE:  Race Forward, “Race Reporting Guide” (2015).

Related Resources:  Theory (scroll down alphabetically to the box for “Anti-Racism”)

Location: FUNDAMENTALS / Core Concepts

Critical Race Theory

The Critical Race Theory movement considers many of the same issues that conventional civil rights and ethnic studies take up, but places them in a broader perspective that includes economics, history, and even feelings and the unconscious. Unlike traditional civil rights, which embraces incrementalism and step by step progress, critical race theory questions the very foundations of the liberal order, including equality theory, legal reasoning, Enlightenment rationalism, and principles of constitutional law.

SOURCE:  Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic, Critical Race Theory: An Introduction, NYU Press, 2001 (2nd ed. 2012, 3rd ed. 2017).

Related Resources:  Theory (scroll down alphabetically to the box for “Critical Race Theory”)

Location: FUNDAMENTALS / Core Concepts


  1. Decolonization may be defined as the active resistance against colonial powers, and a shifting of power towards political, economic, educational, cultural, psychic independence and power that originate from a colonized nation’s own indigenous culture. This process occurs politically and also applies to personal and societal psychic, cultural, political, agricultural, and educational deconstruction of colonial oppression.

  2. Per Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang: “Decolonization doesn’t have a synonym”; it is not a substitute for ‘human rights’ or ‘social justice’, though undoubtedly, they are connected in various ways. Decolonization demands an Indigenous framework and a centering of Indigenous land, Indigenous sovereignty, and Indigenous ways of thinking.


1. The Movement for Black Lives (M4BL), “Glossary.”

2. Eric Ritskes, “What Is Decolonization and Why Does It Matter?

Related Resources:  Decolonization Theory and Practice

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Indigenous populations are composed of the existing descendants of the peoples who inhabited the present territory of a country wholly or partially at the time when persons of a different culture or ethnic origin arrived there from other parts of the world, overcame them and, by conquest, settlement, or other means, reduced them to a non-dominant or colonial condition; who today live more in conformity with their particular social, economic, and cultural customs and traditions than with the institutions of the country of which they now form part, under a State structure which incorporates mainly national, social, and cultural characteristics of other segments of the population which are predominant.

(Examples: Maori in territory now defined as New Zealand; Mexicans in territory now defined as Texas, California, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, and parts of Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, and Oklahoma; Native American tribes in territory now defined as the United States.)

SOURCE:  United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (2010, page 9), originally presented in the preliminary report of the Special Rapporteur of the UN Commission on Human Rights, José Martínez Cobo (1972, page 10).

Related Resources:  Race, Ethnicity, and Indigeneity  (scroll down alphabetically to the box for “Indigeneity”)

Location: FUNDAMENTALS / Core Concepts

Internalized Racism

Internalized racism is the situation that occurs in a racist system when a racial group oppressed by racism supports the supremacy and dominance of the dominating group by maintaining or participating in the set of attitudes, behaviors, social structures, and ideologies that undergird the dominating group’s power. It involves four essential and interconnected elements:

  1. Decision-making - Due to racism, people of color do not have the ultimate decision-making power over the decisions that control our lives and resources. As a result, on a personal level, we may think white people know more about what needs to be done for us than we do. On an interpersonal level, we may not support each other’s authority and power – especially if it is in opposition to the dominating racial group. Structurally, there is a system in place that rewards people of color who support white supremacy and power and coerces or punishes those who do not.

  2. Resources - Resources, broadly defined (e.g. money, time, etc), are unequally in the hands and under the control of white people. Internalized racism is the system in place that makes it difficult for people of color to get access to resources for our own communities and to control the resources of our community. We learn to believe that serving and using resources for ourselves and our particular community is not serving “everybody.”

  3. Standards - With internalized racism, the standards for what is appropriate or “normal” that people of color accept are white people’s or Eurocentric standards. We have difficulty naming, communicating and living up to our deepest standards and values, and holding ourselves and each other accountable to them.

  4. Naming the problem - There is a system in place that misnames the problem of racism as a problem of or caused by people of color and blames the disease – emotional, economic, political, etc. – on people of color. With internalized racism, people of color might, for example, believe we are more violent than white people and not consider state-sanctioned political violence or the hidden or privatized violence of white people and the systems they put in place and support.

SOURCE:  Donna Bivens, Internalized Racism: A Definition (Women’s Theological Center, 1995).

Related Resources:  Internalized Racism

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  1. Exposing [one’s] multiple identities can help clarify the ways in which a person can simultaneously experience privilege and oppression. For example, a Black woman in America does not experience gender inequalities in exactly the same way as a white woman, nor racial oppression identical to that experienced by a Black man. Each race and gender intersection produces a qualitatively distinct life.

  2. Per Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw: Intersectionality is simply a prism to see the interactive effects of various forms of discrimination and disempowerment. It looks at the way that racism, many times, interacts with patriarchy, heterosexism, classism, xenophobia — seeing that the overlapping vulnerabilities created by these systems actually create specific kinds of challenges. “Intersectionality 102,” then, is to say that these distinct problems create challenges for movements that are only organized around these problems as separate and individual. So when racial justice doesn’t have a critique of patriarchy and homophobia, the particular way that racism is experienced and exacerbated by heterosexism, classism etc., falls outside of our political organizing. It means that significant numbers of people in our communities aren’t being served by social justice frames because they don’t address the particular ways that they’re experiencing discrimination.


1. Intergroup Resources, “Intersectionality” (2012).

2. Otamere Guobadia, “Kimberlé Crenshaw and Lady Phyll Talk Intersectionality, Solidarity, and Self-Care” (2018).

Related Resources:  Intersectionality

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Racial Equity

  1. Racial equity is the condition that would be achieved if one's racial identity no longer predicted, in a statistical sense, how one fares. When we use the term, we are thinking about racial equity as one part of racial justice, and thus we also include work to address root causes of inequities, not just their manifestation. This includes elimination of policies, practices, attitudes, and cultural messages that reinforce differential outcomes by race or that fail to eliminate them.

  2. “A mindset and method for solving problems that have endured for generations, seem intractable, harm people and communities of color most acutely, and ultimately affect people of all races. This will require seeing differently, thinking differently, and doing the work differently. Racial equity is about results that make a difference and last.”


  1. Center for Assessment and Policy Development.

  2. OpenSource Leadership Strategies.

Related Resources:  Racial Equity

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Racial Identity Development Theory

Racial Identity Development Theory discusses how people in various racial groups and with multiracial identities form their particular self-concept. It also describes some typical phases in remaking that identity based on learning and awareness of systems of privilege and structural racism, cultural, and historical meanings attached to racial categories, and factors operating in the larger socio-historical level (e.g. globalization, technology, immigration, and increasing multiracial population).

SOURCE:  New Perspectives on Racial Identity Development: Integrating Emerging Frameworks, edited by Charmaine L. Wijeyesinghe and Bailey W. Jackson (NYU Press, 2012).

Related Resources:  Theory (scroll down alphabetically to the box for “Racial Identity Development Theory”)

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Racial Justice

  1. The systematic fair treatment of people of all races, resulting in equitable opportunities and outcomes for all. Racial justice—or racial equity—goes beyond “anti-racism.” It is not just the absence of discrimination and inequities, but also the presence of deliberate systems and supports to achieve and sustain racial equity through proactive and preventative measures.

  2. Operationalizing racial justice means reimagining and co-creating a just and liberated world and includes:

  • understanding the history of racism and the system of white supremacy and addressing past harms,

  • working in right relationship and accountability in an ecosystem (an issue, sector, or community ecosystem) for collective change,

  • implementing interventions that use an intersectional analysis and that impact multiple systems,

  • centering Blackness and building community, cultural, economic, and political power of Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color (BIPOC), and

  • applying the practice of love along with disruption and resistance to the status quo.


  1. Race Forward, “Race Reporting Guide” (2015).

  2. Maggie Potapchuk, “Operationalizing Racial Justice in Non-Profit Organizations” (MP Associates, 2020). This definition is based on and expanded from the one described in Rinku Sen and Lori Villarosa, “Grantmaking with a Racial Justice Lens: A Practical Guide” (Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity, 2019).

Settler Colonialism

Settler colonialism refers to colonization in which colonizing powers create permanent or long-term settlement on land owned and/or occupied by other peoples, often by force. This contrasts with colonialism where colonizer’s focus only on extracting resources back to their countries of origin, for example. Settler Colonialism typically includes oppressive governance, dismantling of indigenous cultural forms, and enforcement of codes of superiority (such as white supremacy). Examples include white European occupations of land in what is now the United States, Spain’s settlements throughout Latin America, and the Apartheid government established by White Europeans in South Africa.

Per Dina Gillio-Whitaker, “Settler Colonialism may be said to be a structure, not an historic event, whose endgame is always the elimination of the Natives in order to acquire their land, which it does in countless seen and unseen ways. These techniques are woven throughout the US’s national discourse at all levels of society. Manifest Destiny—that is, the US’s divinely sanctioned inevitability—is like a computer program always operating unnoticeably in the background. In this program, genocide and land dispossession are continually both justified and denied.”

SOURCE:  Dina Gilio-Whitaker, “Settler Fragility: Why Settler Privilege Is So Hard to Talk About” (2018).

Related Resources:  Diaspora and Colonization (scroll down alphabetically to the box for “Neo-Colonialism and Settler Colonialism”)

Location: FUNDAMENTALS / History of Racism and Movements

Targeted Universalism

Targeted universalism means setting universal goals pursued by targeted processes to achieve those goals. Within a targeted universalism framework, universal goals are established for all groups concerned. The strategies developed to achieve those goals are targeted, based upon how different groups are situated within structures, culture, and across geographies to obtain the universal goal. Targeted universalism is goal oriented, and the processes are directed in service of the explicit, universal goal.

SOURCE:  Targeted Universalism: Policy & Practice – A Primer by john a. powell, Stephen Menendian, and Wendy Ake (Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, 2019).

Related Resources:  Theory (scroll down alphabetically to the box for “Targeted Universalism”)

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White Privilege

1. Refers to the unquestioned and unearned set of advantages, entitlements, benefits and choices bestowed on people solely because they are white. Generally white people who experience such privilege do so without being conscious of it.

2. Structural White Privilege: A system of white domination that creates and maintains belief systems that make current racial advantages and disadvantages seem normal. The system includes powerful incentives for maintaining white privilege and its consequences, and powerful negative consequences for trying to interrupt white privilege or reduce its consequences in meaningful ways. The system includes internal and external manifestations at the individual, interpersonal, cultural and institutional levels. 

The accumulated and interrelated advantages and disadvantages of white privilege that are reflected in racial/ethnic inequities in life-expectancy and other health outcomes, income and wealth, and other outcomes, in part through different access to opportunities and resources. These differences are maintained in part by denying that these advantages and disadvantages exist at the structural, institutional, cultural, interpersonal, and individual levels and by refusing to redress them or eliminate the systems, policies, practices, cultural norms, and other behaviors and assumptions that maintain them.

Interpersonal White Privilege: Behavior between people that consciously or unconsciously reflects white superiority or entitlement.

Cultural White Privilege: A set of dominant cultural assumptions about what is good, normal or appropriate that reflects Western European white world views and dismisses or demonizes other world views.

Institutional White Privilege: Policies, practices and behaviors of institutions—such as schools, banks, non-profits or the Supreme Court—that have the effect of maintaining or increasing accumulated advantages for those groups currently defined as white, and maintaining or increasing disadvantages for those racial or ethnic groups not defined as white. The ability of institutions to survive and thrive even when their policies, practices and behaviors maintain, expand or fail to redress accumulated disadvantages and/or inequitable outcomes for people of color.


  1. Peggy McIntosh, “White Privilege and Male Privilege: A Personal Account of Coming to See Correspon­dences Through Work in Women Studies” (1988).

  2. Transforming White Privilege: A 21st Century Leadership Capacity, CAPD, MP Associates, World Trust Educational Services (2012).

Related Resources:  System of White Supremacy and White Privilege

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