A few resources to support growth and learning. This is a partial list, with many more out there.







    Power and Privilege

    Banjali, Mahzarin: Blindspot- Hidden Biases of Good People

    Davidson, Ellen: Open Minds to Equality

    Goodman, Diane: Promoting Diversity/Social Justice: Educating People from Privileged Groups

    Latner, Teishan ed: The Quotable Rebel-Political Quotations for Dangerous Times

    Neito, Leticia: Beyond Inclusion, Beyond Empowerment


    Racial Justice

    Alexander, Michelle: The New Jim Crow

    Coates, Ta-Nehisi: Between the World and Me

    DiAngelo, Robin: What Does It Mean to be White?, and  Is Everyone Really Equal?

    Kivel, Paul, Uprooting Racism; How White People can Work for Racial Justice

    Oluo, Ijeoma, So You Want To Talk About Race?

    Tochluk, Shelly: Living in the Tension, the Quest for a Spiritualized Racial Justice

    williams, angel: Radical Dharma-Talking Race, Love and Liberation


    Christian Hegemony

    Kivel, Paul: Living in the Shadow of the Cross

    Tokumitsu, Miya: Do What You Love and Other Lies About Success and Happiness

    Weber, Max: Protestant Work Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism



    Adams, Maurianne: Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice

    Ayers, William: Teaching for Social Justice

    Delpitt, Lisa, Teaching Other People’s Children

    Howard, Gary: We Cannot Teach What We Don’t Know

    Milner, Richard: Start Where You Are, But Don’t Stay There

    Moore, Eddie, The Guide for White Women who Teach Black Boys

    Schniedewind, Nancy, Open Minds to Equality

    Tatum, Beverly, Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together In The Cafeteria?

    Zinn, Howard, People’s History of the US; Teacher's Edition



    Bridges, William: Managing Transitions

    Incite!: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Beyond the Nonprofit Industrial Complex

    Kanter, Beth and Sherman, Aliza: The Happy, Healthy Nonprofit

    Kulik, Carol, Human Resources for the Non-HR Manager

    La Piana, David: The Nonprofit Strategy Revolution

    Lipsky, Laura: Trauma Stewardship

    St.Onge, Patricia: Embracing Cultural Competency: A Roadmap for Nonprofit Capacity Builders


    Class and Money

    Lewis, Nicole and Resource Generation: Between a Silver Spoon and The Struggle-Reflections on The Intersection of Racism and Class Privilege

    Pittelman, Karen and Resource Generation: Classified

    Tessler, Bari: The Art of Money


    Women and Internalized Sexism

    Askerman, Robert: Perfect Daughters

    Dellasega, Cheryl: Mean Girls Grown Up

    Deak, JoAnn PH.D.: Girls Will Be Girls

    Dufu, Tiffany, Drop the Ball

    Wiseman, Rosalind, Queen Bees and Wannabes


    Shared Definitions

    “Definitions belong to the definers—not the defined.”  -Toni Morrison, Beloved

    A living document of  terms, updated often with definitions based in US current and historical context.

    1. ADVOCACY:  An activity by an individual or group which aims to influence decisions within political, economic, and social systems and institutions.

    2. ALLY: A lifelong process of building relationships based on trust, consistency, and accountability with marginalized individuals and groups of people. It is not self-defined; efforts must be recognized by the people we sought to ally with.

    3. BIAS: Prejudice in favor of or against one thing, person or group compared to another, usually in a way considered unfair. Implicit bias is unconscious, explicit bias is conscious.

    4. CLASS: Refers to people’s economic status, based on factors as wealth, occupation, education, income.

    5. CULTURE: Learned and shared values, beliefs, languages, and customs of a social group.

    6. DIVERSITY: Demographic representation of individual, social, economic, and cultural differences and appreciation of those differences.

    7. DISCRIMINATION: Acting on/from bias or prejudice.

    8. EQUALITY: A state, quality, or ideal of treating everyone the same.

    9. EQUITY: A state, quality, or ideal of being fair and just within the context of historical and current power dynamics.

    10. ETHNICITY: A socially or politically constructed group based on cultural criteria, such as language, customs, and shared history.

    11. GATEKEEPER: A person or position that controls access and criteria for access to resources.

    12. GENDER: Socially constructed categories of masculinity/manhood and femininity/womanhood not based on biology. Cis gender: person whose sense of personal identity and gender corresponds with their birth sex.

    13. INTERSECTIONALITY: The theory that individuals can face multiple threats of discrimination when their identities overlap a number of minority classes: race, gender, age, ethnicity, health and other characteristics.

    14. INCLUSION: A state, quality, or ideal of being a part of a group or structure where the inherent worth and dignity of all people are recognized and respected.

    15. OPPRESSION: prejudice +power (institutional and historical); systemic devaluing, marginalizing and disadvantaging of certain social identities in contrast to the privileged norm; when some people are denied something of value, others have access ex. Systemic, institutional, and interpersonal.

    16. PRIVILEGE: Systemic favoring, enriching, valuing, validating and including of certain social identities over others. Individuals cannot ‘opt out’ of systems of privilege; rather these systems are inherent to the society in which we live.

    17. POSITIONALITY: Status of a person beyond hierarchy often reflective of dominant and power based norms.

    18. RACE: A socially or politically constructed grouping based on perceived differences in physical characteristics.

    19. RACISM: A system of privilege based on race. In today’s context that means discrimination of people of color by white people. Internalized racism: internalization by people of color of the lies, stereotypes and myths about members of their own group, including themselves.

    20. SEXISM: Discrimination of women by men. Internalized sexism: involuntary belief by women that the lies, stereotypes and myths about women that are delivered to everyone in a sexist society ARE TRUE (ex: women are stupid, weak, passive, manipulative, with no capacity for intellectual pursuits or leadership).

    21. SOCIAL JUSTICE: Active engagement toward equity and inclusion that addresses issues of institutional, structural, and environmental inequity, power, and privilege.