Working from recommendations from Extension professionals across the country, the Rapid Response Team has identified 40 resources that seem to be well-suited to the work of civil dialogue around race relations. A short blog is posted about each one and provides a brief overview of the resource, contact information, target audience, and a URL. You can browse these by scrolling through the blog posts or by going to the “Explore Resources” tab for a listing that links the resources to their respective blog posts. Also, if you have a resource to list, see the tab for instructions on making a recommendation.
Contact: Academic Advancement Network, Michigan State University, AANcord@mus.edu
Description: The climate in the classroom has the potential to be difficult at various points of a semester. This resource repository provides links to materials on racism, bias, dialogues, and a host of other relevant topics. The resources on this page were curated with the collaboration of Paulette Granberry-Russell of the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives, Melissa McDaniels of The Graduate School, and Jim Lucas of the Office of the Associate Provost of Undergraduate Education.
Contact: Janet Olsen, firstname.lastname@example.org
Description: There are many tools available to help adults provide support to young people affected by bias, harassment and other forms of violence. This website provides links to a number of relevant resources.
Contact: Dionardo Pizaña, email@example.com
Description: This website hosts a number of resources to aid the professional in growing in the realm of diversity and multiculturalism understanding and practices.
Contact: Work Group for Community Health and Development, firstname.lastname@example.org
Description: Millions of people use the Community Tool Box each year to get help taking action, teaching, and training others in organizing for community development. Dive in to find help assessing community needs and resources, addressing social determinants of health, engaging stakeholders, action planning, building leadership, improving cultural competency, planning an evaluation, and sustaining your efforts over time.
Contact: Walt Whitmer, email@example.com
Description: Effective community engagement seeks to better engage the community to achieve long-term and sustainable outcomes, processes, relationships, discourse, and decision-making in a community-context sensitive environment. Engagement is not generally driven by a model so much as by a framework of guiding principles, strategies, and approaches. This framework is based on principles that respect the right of all community members to be informed, consulted, involved and empowered and employs and range of tools and strategies to ensure success. It also places a premium on fostering and enhancing trust as a critical element in long-term, sustainable engagement and effective governance.
The tools and resources provided here are intended to help you assess your engagement needs, plan for effective strategies and processes, as well as implement and monitor your engagement efforts.
Contact: Rachel Welborn, Rachel.firstname.lastname@example.org
Description: Nearly seven years of work to promote civic engagement in high poverty counties has led to rich insights into where and how this work thrives. A team of researchers from across the South joined hands to synthesize the new understandings gleaned from these efforts. The results are now published in a special issue of the Journal of the Community Development Society, published in July 2016. Articles in the Journal include:
- Dyk, P., Monroe, P., Tyler-Mackey, C., Welborn, R., & Worthy, S. L. (2016). Turning the Tide on Poverty: History, theoretical frameworks, and methods, Community Development.
- Tyler-Mackey, C., Monroe, P., Dyk, P. Welborn, R., & Worthy, S. L. (2016). Turning the Tide on Poverty: Community climate in economically distressed rural communities, Community Development.
- Worthy, S. L., Tyler-Mackey, C., Dyk, P., Monroe, P., & Welborn, R. (in review). Turning the Tide on Poverty: Perception of leaders and leadership in economically distressed communities, Community Development.
- Worthy, S. L., Downey, L., Dyk, P., Tyler-Mackey, C., Monroe, P., & Welborn, R. (2016). Turning the Tide on Poverty: Community champions as critical elements of success in turning around economically distressed communities, Community Development.
- Monroe, P., Tyler-Mackey, C., Dyk, P., Welborn, R., Worthy, S. L., Lowe, C., & Pickett, N. (2016). Turning the Tide on Poverty: Sustainability of community engagement in economically distressed communities, Community Development.
- Welborn, R., Downey, L., Dyk, P., Monroe, P., Tyler-Mackey, C., & Worthy, S. L. (2016). Turning the Tide on Poverty: The role of Cooperative Extension Service in the initiative, Community Development.
- Welborn, R., Downey, L., Dyk, P., Monroe, P., Tyler-Mackey, C., & Worthy, S. L. (2016). Turning the Tide on Poverty: Documenting impacts through Ripple Effect Mapping, Community Development.
Program site: http://srdc.msstate.edu/tide/
Contact: Cathleen Love, email@example.com
Description: This report provides practical tools for identifying and assessing diversity on your campus, including an innovative, self-administered reflective questioning process to identify strengths, weaknesses and potential remedial steps. Also included are suggested processes for engaging a campus-wide conversation that leads to personal and institutional change.
Contact: Karen Pace, firstname.lastname@example.org
Description: The article outlines key differences between debate and dialogue, and also provides links to additional resources.
Contact: Karen Pace, email@example.com
Description: If you’re involved with creating activities, camps and other events, be careful not to let your good intentions turn into potentially harmful acts of racism and exploitation. For example, what some see as cultural sharing (through costumes and crafts that involve American Indian symbols) others may see as cultural appropriation and acts of micro-aggression. But what’s the difference between cultural sharing and cultural appropriation and why is this important? This article helps provide guidance.