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Racial Equity and Inclusion Resources for Volunteer Engagement Leaders

This article originally appeared on and is featured here in partnership with the Minnesota Alliance for Volunteer Advancement.

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In a world striving for progress and social justice, volunteer leaders play a pivotal role in fostering environments that embrace diversity and amplify voices that have historically been marginalized.

This article aims to serve as a valuable resource hub for Volunteer Engagement Leaders, providing a curated collection of resources to empower leaders in creating volunteer programs that authentically embrace all voices. 

Let's dive in.


Research Papers, Case Studies, and Resources


A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota, edited by Sun Yung Shin

Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson

Dear America, Notes of an Undocumented Citizen, by Jose Antonio Vargas

Dreaming in Indian: Contemporary Native American Voices, edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale

So You Want to Talk About Race, by Ijeoma Oluo

Stamped from the Beginning, by Ibram Kendi

The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir, by Kao Kalia Yang

The New Jim Crow, by Michelle Alexander

We Can’t Talk About That at Work!: How to Talk About Race, Religion, Politics, and Other Polarizing Subjects, by Mary-Frances Winters

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

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Code Switch by National Public Radio

Seeing White by Scene On Radio

Talking About Privilege, Dear Sugars Podcast, New York Times

The Forum Podcast, Forum for Workplace Inclusion

Movies and Videos

13TH, available to stream via Netflix

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Discussing Race by Jay Smooth, TED talk (12 minutes)

How to overcome our biases? Walk boldly toward them by Verna Myers, TED talk (18 minutes)

I am Not Your Negro, available to stream via Amazon Prime

I Learn America, available to stream through some local libraries

Race: The Power of an Illusion (3-part series), available through many local libraries

The Danger of a Single Story, by Chimamanda Ngozi, TED talk (18 minutes)

The Forum on Workplace Inclusion Webinar Series (multiple free webinars offered as recordings)

Toolkits (free)

Be MSP Workplace Inclusion Toolkit from MAKE IT. MSP.

Race Equity and Inclusion Action Guide: 7 Steps to Embrace and Embed Race Equity and Inclusion in Your Organization (The Annie E. Casey Foundation)

Racial Equity Toolkit: An Opportunity to Operationalize Equity (Local and Regional Government Alliance on Race and Equity)

Toolkits (paid)

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Toolkit from Charities Review Council ($500)

Trainers, Speakers, and Consultants

There are many qualified consultants doing work on racial equity and inclusion in Minnesota. This list represents consultants that MAVA has worked with directly or had recommended to us by a member of our task force or community.

Catch Your Dream Consulting - Donte Curtis

Training/keynote topics include “Breaking the Cycle of White Supremacy Culture,” “Overcoming Limiting Beliefs,” and other racial equity and leadership topics. Also offers one-on-one coaching.

Imagine Deliver Consulting - Kate Khaled

Offers equity-centered services in talent and human capital design, program and service design, and consulting for the new majority.
Savvy Coach – Luz Maria Frias

Offers race equity assessments, DEI workshops, keynotes, and coaching. Has a variety of trainings available, including Understanding Implicit Bias, Understanding Structural Racism, Cross Cultural Dynamics and Conflict Resolution, White Fragility, and more.
Team Dynamics Consulting - Alfonso Wenker

Offers inclusive strategy, skills building, keynotes, facilitation and coaching.

Wilder Center for Learning and Excellence – Amherst H. Wilder Foundation

Support for community leaders with a deep grounding in diversity and inclusion and individual training for working professionals in racial equity, workplace diversity and inclusive dialogues and individuals managing or working with multicultural and intergenerational teams or groups.

Wiser Paths Consulting - Mark Hiemenz

Training on unconscious bias and other DEI topics.

YMCA Equity Innovation Center of Excellence

Offers cohort experiences for individuals on equity leadership, along with training and consulting on a variety of DEI topics.

YWCA Minneapolis, Inc.lude Diversity and Inclusion Consulting

Tailored training in diversity and inclusion; offers assessments, consultation and transformation, or training and development

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