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Step Up Your Equity and Inclusion Journey

Lisa Joyslin

One way we can all advance racial equity and inclusion is by making it a focus of our own professional development. There is a vast array of articles, podcasts, books, and events out there that are free or low-cost (to fit with our nonprofit budgets!) When you consider your professional development in the next few months, consider making time and space for learning around race equity. The list below is far from comprehensive, but offers a place to start for those with limited time and resources.

And stay tuned – MAVA is creating a more comprehensive list of resources around creating an inclusive organizational culture that will be released later this year!

Articles (all free):

20 ways majority-white nonprofits can build authentic partnerships with organizations let by communities of color, by Vu Le on NonprofitAF

Being Black -- but Not Too Black -- In the Workplace, by Adia Harvey Wingfield in The Atlantic

How White People Handle Diversity Training in the Workplace, by Robin DiAngelo on Medium

Privileged, by Kyle Korver in The Player’s Tribune

Welcoming Immigrants as Volunteers at Your Organization, by Jayne Cravens on Coyote Communications

Podcasts (all free):

Code Switch by National Public Radio

Seeing White Podcast by Scene On Radio

Books (available at most bookstores and libraries):

White Fragility: Why it’s so Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, by Robin DiAngelo

White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son, by Tim Wise

Events across the state (range from free to $75):


Thursday, June 19 – 1:00-4:00pm: Undoing Racism In Spite of White Supermacy, presented by Minnesota Council of Nonprofits ($30 for MCN members)


Thursday, May 16, 4:00-4:45pm: UMD Commission on Race, Equity and Ethnicity Reading Circle (free)


Tuesday, May 21, 9:00-11:00am: Understanding Unconscious Bias, presented by Minnesota Council of Nonprofits ($30 for MCN members)


Tuesday, July 16, 8-10am: Equity Logic Series -- Inclusive Language and Effective Teams, presented by Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce ($40)

St. Cloud

Saturday, June 30, 12-4pm:Fred Yiran African Arts Day presented by City of St. Cloud (free)

Twin Cities

Tuesday, May 14, 7:30am-12:00pm, Minneapolis: Charity Review Council's Forum 2019: Breaking Patterns ($75 general admission, $25 young professionals 25 and under)

Wednesday, May 29, 9am-12pm, St. Paul: Now More Than Ever: Why Leadership on Equity and Inclusion Requires Emotional Intelligence presented by Minnesota Council for Nonprofits ($50 for MCN members)

Thursday, June 13, 6-8:30pm, Minneapolis:Racism and Sexism: Revealing the Intersectionality presented by YWCA ($65)

Friday, June 14, 3:30pm, Roseville: Karen Culture Presentation presented by Karen Organization of MN (free, suggested donation $5)

Friday, June 28, 8:30-11:30am, St. Paul: Cross-Cultural Communications: Flexible Approaches to Resolving Conflict presented by Wilder Foundation ($55 for nonprofits)

Sunday, July 14, 2:00-7:00pm, Minneapolis: Twin Cities World Refugee Day hosted by CAPI (free)