Racial Equity and Board Leadership

Racial Equity and Nonprofit Board Leadership

The violence against and dehumanization of Black lives in our society is an ongoing evil that must be stopped.  The recent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery — along with countless others — underscores the terrible effects of both interpersonal and systemic racism that exists in our society.  Black lives matter.  When we see injustices that reinforce any other message, it is incumbent on all of us to speak out and to act.  Racism is pervasive and many times discrete.  We know that not all racism results in the unjustified loss of life, or public protest, or 24 hour news coverage. Day-in and day-out, Black community members face the unjust and unacceptable impact of a society that stacks the deck against them. We must act in concert to change this reality, in every way we can.

At Cause Strategy Partners, one way we are taking action to support racial equity and racial justice is to further build our library of resources and training materials to advance high-impact board service with a diversity, equity, and inclusion lens. We are dedicated to better equipping our community members and leaders to serve as effective champions of anti-racism work and equity-centered board leadership as they step on to nonprofit boards. 

Below, please find resources that our team has gathered to support nonprofit board members and leaders advance racial equity and anti-racist work within their organizations and the social sector. Please reach out to Annie Baierl (annie@causestrategypartners.com) with any feedback or additional suggested additional resources.

This is a journey. Thank you for your dedication to creating a more equitable world.

Our Statement of Solidarity and Committment

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Resources on Racial Equity, Anti-Racism, and Advocacy

Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the Board Level

Racial Equity Resources and Toolkits

Anti-Racism Resources and Organizations

Resources for White Allies

Videos, Movies, Podcasts, Books, and More

Videos and Movies: Podcasts: Books:
  • White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo (2018)
  • Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad (2020)
  • How to be Anti-Racistby Ibram X. Kendi (2019)
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander (2010)
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (2015)
  • I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown (2018)
  • So You Want to Talk about Race by Ijeoma Oluo (2018)
  • Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving (2014)
And More:

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