Resources to understand and confront racism in our work - Part two

June 15, 2020

Part two in our ongoing series to share resources on race and racism within the child welfare, domestic violence, juvenile justice and sexual health education fields. Read part two one here. 

Intersectionality - race and the LGBTQ+ community 

What is intersectionality?

Hear from the woman who coined the term.

Being African American & LGBTQ: An Introduction, Human Rights Campaign

While the Civil Rights Movement resulted in monumental legal changes for a country just 100 years removed from slavery, African Americans continue to experience bias, discrimination and prejudice at all levels of society. The situation is even more severe for LGBTQ African Americans, who live at the intersection of racism, homophobia and transphobia and face a number of critical issues.

LGBTQ Youth of Color Impacted by the Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Systems

This report is a collection of working papers focused on understanding what we know and what we need to better understand about the lives and outcomes of system-involved youth who are both LGBTQ and racial/ethnic minorities.

Suicide Attempts among LGBTQ Youth of Color, The Trevor Project

The proportion of LGBTQ youth reporting a suicide attempt in the past year was higher among youth of color (21%) than White non-Hispanic youth (18%). Rates were highest among American Indian/Alaskan Native LGBTQ youth (32%) and lowest among Asian/Pacific Islander LGBTQ youth (15%).


Anti-Racism Resources for White People

This Google Doc is a widely circulated document that is intended to serve as a resource to white people and parents to deepen their anti-racism work. If you have not yet engaged in anti-racism work in the past, start now.

Becoming Trustworthy White Allies, essay published by Yale Divinity School

To understand what it means to be white in America and break the silences that surround it requires arduous, persistent, and soul-stretching work. Sadly, too many of us stop short of that deep work. We assume that our good intentions and eagerness to help are enough. We come into multiracial gatherings or organizations expecting to be liked and trusted. But trust isn’t something we are granted simply because we finally showed up. Trust has to be earned, again and again. Or better said, we need to become trustworthy white allies, people passionately committed to eliminating systems of oppression that unjustly benefit us. 

Social Workers: Allies for Justice?, The New Social Worker

Racist outcomes are a result of racist policies. For far too long, these policies have hindered the lives of people from marginalized backgrounds. We need diverse people at the table to draft policies and make decisions. Social workers are essential today and every day. As our country becomes more diverse, the need for social workers will increase. Let’s do our part to check our own biases, reconsider our practices, and put the action in allyship.

Juvenile Justice

Colorado Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice 

The Colorado Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice, with direction from Colorado House Bill 08-1119, addresses the issue of racial and ethnic disparities in the adult and juvenile justice systems by conducting studies of the policies and practices in Colorado. The statute mandates the Commission to have the goal of reducing disparity and reviewing work and resources compiled by states in the area of disparity reduction. These concerns frame all the work done by the Commission and its committees.   

Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Disparities, Center for Children's Law and Policy

CCLP staff members are working with several jurisdictions on strategies to reduce and eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile justice system. We have helped officials achieve significant and measurable improvements for youth of color by pursing a data-driven approach that focuses on concrete and practical reforms. CCLP staff regularly provide training and technical assistance to jurisdictions that are interested in moving from simply studying racial and ethnic disparities to taking action to combat those disparities.

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) is a leader in efforts to reduce the overrepresentation of minority youth in the Nation's juvenile justice system. Funding through OJJDP's Formula Grants program (Title II) helps states address juvenile delinquency and supports improvements to the juvenile justice system. The funds also help states address the core requirements of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act: deinstitutionalization of status offenders, separation of juveniles from adult inmates, removal of juveniles from adult jails and lockups, and efforts designed to reduce disproportionate minority contact (DMC) with the juvenile justice system.

The Burns Institute

The Burns Institute eliminates racial and ethnic disparity by building a community-centered response to youthful misbehavior that is equitable and restorative. We are a grassroots to grasstops organization. We believe innovation comes from the bottom and influences those at the top. That’s why we work with decision makers at the local level to affect change that transforms juvenile justice systems near and far.

Race Forward

Race Forward conducts original and broadly accessible research on pressing racial justice issues. Our research is focused on the ways institutional and structural racism leads to inequitable social and economic outcomes in our society and highlighting ways to nurture and strengthen social change. We believe that this requires an explicit, though not exclusive, examination of race and ethnicity and a “race and ...” approach that examines how race compounds and intersects with other societal issues.  

Child Welfare

Racial Inequity Resources, National Child Welfare Workforce Institute

This list of resources supports child welfare staff and leaders as they confront implicit bias, implement system changes, and work to achieve racial equity within their organizations and across systems. The nine categories contain tools, guides, assessments, and curricula which are used to increase understanding, facilitate dialogue, deliver training, analyze current policies, and implement sustainable strategies. 

Promoting Racial Equity Through Workforce and Organizational Actions, National Child Welfare Workforce Institute

Dawnland (documentary)

For decades, child welfare authorities have been removing Native American children from their homes to “save them from being Indian.” In Maine, the first official Truth and Reconciliation Commission in the United States begins a historic investigation. Dawnland goes behind-the-scenes as this historic body grapples with difficult truths, redefines reconciliation, and charts a new course for state and tribal relations.

Blood Memory

Battles over blood quantum and "best interests" reveal the untold history of America's Indian Adoption Era.

Racial Equity Discussion Guide, National Child Welfare Workforce Institute

One foundational pillar of the NCWWI Leadership Model is the ability to apply a Racial Equity Lens. Effective leaders intentionally examine and improve policies, practices, programs, and organizational cultural messages that reinforce differential outcomes for children, youth, and families based on race. This discussion guide provides key messages, reflection questions, and resources for engaging partners in courageous conversations and planning to challenge the institutional and structural racism that results in worse outcomes for families and children of color or tribally affiliated children.

Embedding a Racial Equity Perspective in the Positive Youth Development Approach

Positive youth development (PYD) is a strengths-based approach used by programs to support the development of young people’s skills, nurture their interests and values, seek and incorporate their input, and connect them to positive adults and useful resources. The primary purpose of this brief is to explain how programs that use a PYD approach (PYD programs) can embed a racial equity perspective so that they can more effectively engage with, support and meet the needs of youth and young adults of color whom they serve.

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