“Avoiding racial equity detours” by paul gorski

Why I Love This Resource:

This article clearly lays out the most common detours that occur during equity work. I have seen each of these happen at countless organizations, and the best way to combat them is to have a clear awareness and understanding of them across the leadership team, task force, or committee in charge of centering equity, AND regular reflection practices to call them out if needed.

(You also need enough trust within the group for individuals to be able to call these detours out without repercussions, but developing that security  is a larger discussion for a separate post). Though the article specifically references education organizations, the detours and advice are transferable to any industry and sector. 

awake to woke to work: building a race equity culture

Why I Love This Resource:

I firmly believe that centering equity requires the whole organization. Beyond just the programming the organization provides, effective and sustainable equity work requires examination of the policies, procedures, and practices at all levels of the organization, from the staff to the board to the community being served. This resources lays out each organizational lever in clear and concise verbiage with short rubrics to get the conversation flowing. And, anyone who knows me knows that I love a good rubric 🙂

tiny spark/nonprofit quarterly podcast

Why I Love This Resource:

Philanthropy is the economic engine of most nonprofits but it is often left unexamined. Without active scrutiny of the financial structures of the social sector, we risk undermining the good work we hope to do because of how we are doing it.

Tiny Spark shines a bright spot light on philanthropy in nonprofits and examines its ins and outs from an equity lens. Every episode is enlightening and I use them often with leadership teams as part of their professional development plans.

“Sapna is a thoughtful, strategic, and talented educator and facilitator with deep practical experience transforming professional processes, practices, and mindsets for justice and equity. Not only does she know the theory, she’s successfully centered justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in organizational practices and understands how to overcome the inevitable tensions and roadblocks that come with this work.”

Kristine Jimenez | Senior Director for Engagement and Communications, University of Washington Medicine Advancement