Racial Equity Resources

Our friends at the City of Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Initiative put together a list of selected resources related to racial equity we thought we’d share here. And since we’re on the topic, I would like to recommend The People’s Institute‘s workshop Undoing Institutional Racism to all museum professionals, especially those interested in working with communities that have traditionally been under-represented in museums. I had a chance to attend one of these workshops last week and thought the scaffolding was very effective in bringing together the fundamental concepts necessary to understand the problematic of race and power and its perpetuation through our country’s institutions (including museums believe it or not). The People’s Institute holds workshops all over the country and can also be invited to your city. –Rose

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Selected resources from the City of Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Initiative:



A selection of tools for different purposes, curated and developed by national experts.

Western States Center

Free tools and other resources for achieving racial, gender and economic justice.

Non-profit Anti-racism Coalition (NPARC)

Seattle-based resource for technical assistance and collective learning.

Center for Social Inclusion (CSI)

Communication tools, strategies and leadership develop to transform structural inequity and exclusion into structural fairness and inclusion.

Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity

Research and recommendations on the intersection of race, geography and opportunity, including Areas of Opportunity Maps.

Race Forward

Formerly The Applied Research Center; research, tools and best practices.


News & analysis, investigation & action; run by Race Forward.

Race the Power of an Illusion

PBS/California News Reel video series and website on the history of the social construct of race and the pseudo-science that supported it. Streams free through Seattle Public Library (with valid Library card).

Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity

A film by Shakti Butler. Racial equity leaders talk about personal experiences with and social patterns for race, racism and racial equity.



Racing to Justice, by john a. powell: Transforming conceptions of self and other to build an inclusive society.

 The Spirit Level, by Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson: Global research on income inequality and social problems in the 21 wealthiest nations, with U.S. emphasis.

 Creating Contagious Commitment, by Andrea Shapiro: Tipping Point Theory for Organizational Change.

Whistling Vivaldi, by Claude M. Steele: The relationship between stereotype threat and performance.

“The Case for Reparations,” by Tanehisi Coates: The compounding moral and economic debt of institutional and structural racism from slavery to the present.

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What other resources have you found helpful?

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