RESOUECSCivil Rights

  • Mayor's Commission on Human Rights:  For education and outreach regarding the City’s anti-discrimination law, visit this site.
  • Mass Freedom:  Mass Freedom is bridging movements to end the criminalization of people of color.  It is time to come together, take action, and share our vision for a better future.  Communities of color have the power to shape our futures.  Together we can build a multiracial democracy that is truly free.


  • Association of Corporate Counsel: The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Maturity Model:  The ACC Foundation DEI Maturity Model has been designed for use by legal departments around the world to benchmark maturity of their efforts regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) across a wide range of functional areas that have been proven relevant for optimization of DEI impact and results. This first iteration of the DEI Maturity Model outlines clear descriptions for three levels of maturity for each DEI function – early, intermediate, and advanced – providing leaders with a critical snapshot of where their department compares against the maturity continuum, and offering a roadmap of how to achieve next-level goals.
  • National Diversity Council:  The National Diversity Council is the first non-profit organization to bring together the private, public and non-profit sectors to discuss the many dimensions and benefits of a multicultural environment. The success of the Texas Diversity Council (established in 2004) served as a catalyst for the National Diversity Council, launched in the fall of 2008. The National Diversity Council is a forerunner of community based, national organizations that champion diversity and inclusion across the country. It is made up of state and regional councils, the National Women’s Council and the Healthcare Diversity Council.


  • Greenlink Equity Map (GEM):  A Cutting-Edge Tool Designed for Cities and Community Organizers to Create Equity Maps Tailored to Data and Policy Needs.
  • Building Organizational Capacity to Advance Health Equity:  Consider these ideas to enhance your organization’s capacity to advance health equity.
  • Coalition of Communities of Color (CCC=): Behavioral Health Report:  The Coalition of Communities of Color (CCC) addresses the socioeconomic disparities, institutional racism and inequity of services experienced by our families, children and communities; and to organize our communities for collective action resulting in social change to obtain self-determination, wellness, justice and prosperity.  The Report looks at investing in culturally and linguistically responsive behavioral health care in Oregon.
  • Methods for Intercultural Communication Research:  Research on intercultural communication is conducted using primarily three different methodological approaches: social scientific, interpretive, and critical.  There are creative possibilities for combining these approaches that have potential for fuller understanding of intercultural communication.  Each of these approaches reflect different philosophical assumptions about the world, as well as, how we come to know it.
  • National Association for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion:  NAEDI is a member organization dedicated to improving the state of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in workspaces and common places, so that marginalized and underrepresented individuals can thrive in work and life.  Through our various efforts, we hope to close the equity, diversity, and inclusion gap, by bringing industries and sectors together to standardize our approach, while uplifting, and recognizing best practices.
  • The Othering & Belonging Institute at the University of California, Berkeley:  A truly unique center for scholarship, research, community partnerships and strategy, the Othering & Belonging Institute at the University of California, Berkeley takes a multidisciplinary approach to developing forward-looking solutions to our world’s greatest challenges.  The Institute does this by advancing groundbreaking research, policy, and ideas that examine and remediate the processes of exclusion, marginalization, and structural inequality—what we call othering—in order to build a world based on inclusion, fairness, justice, and care for the earth—what we call belonging.

Governmental Groups

  • The National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA):  NFBPA’s mission is to serve as a catalyst for linking public and private organizations, as well as academic institutions, to support the professional development of African-Americans choosing public service careers.
  • Government Alliance on Race and Equity:  Developing a network of government focusing on racial equity is critically important to getting to different outcomes in our communities. The goal must be beyond closing the gaps; we must lift up overall outcomes, focusing efforts those who are faring worst. Deeply racialized systems are costly and depress outcomes and life chances for us collectively. To advance equity, government must focus not only on individual programs, but also on policy and institutional strategies that are driving the production of inequities.
  • ICMA:  ICMA is the world’s leading association of professional city and county managers and other employees who serve local governments.  ICMA works to achieve equity and social justice, to affirm human dignity, and to improve the quality of life for the individual and the community.


Racial Equity

  • GARE-Racial_Equity_Toolkit.pdf (  Take a look at this Toolkit for any department to utilize, as a model, for advancing equity with the approach of a racial equity framework first.
  • Racial Equity Impact Assessments:  The Racial Equity Impact Assessments, or REIAs, are used to figure out whether Council’s law and policy proposals will make progress toward racial equity—or exacerbate racial inequity.
  • How to Promote Racial Equity in the Workplace:  A five step plan for promoting racial equity in the workplace by the Harvard Business Review.
  • What is Racial Equity?:  At Race Forward, racial equity is defined as both an outcome and a process. As an outcome, we achieve racial equity when race no longer determines one’s socioeconomic outcomes, when everyone has what they need to thrive, no matter where they live. As a process, we apply racial equity when those most impacted by structural racial inequity are meaningfully involved in the creation and implementation of the institutional policies and practices that impact their lives.
  • Race Forward:  Race Forward catalyzes movement building for racial justice. In partnership with communities, organizations, and sectors, we build strategies to advance racial justice in our policies, institutions, and culture.  Race Forward imagines a just, multiracial, democratic society, free from oppression and exploitation, in which people of color thrive with power and purpose.
  • National Coalition for Racial Justice & Equity (NCRJE):  The Coalition for Racial Justice and Equity aims to advance racial equity for all to transform our nation and achieve social justice. We will achieve this by… creating a space where business and community leaders come together to brainstorm actionable ways to promote racial equity in a strategic and intentional manner; leveraging leadership commitment to racial justice to bring Coalition initiatives to life, thereby having a concrete impact on the community; and dedicating resources to racial justice efforts long-term, given the magnitude and scope of systemic racism.

Women’s Rights

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