For the first 18 months of Anti-Racist Organizational Change (AROC) at CommunityWise, we spent a lot of time working through a consultative and emergent process. Members of our Working and Advisory Groups helped us better understand and define organizational racism as well as develop recommendations to create greater racial equity in our organization.
While the process of AROC and the goal of creating greater racial equity is a constant and evolving one, we've developed some tools and resources that shed light on the process we are undertaking and that may help others do the same.
Please note: These resources share some but not all of the challenges CommunityWise has faced, and they don't necessarily reflect the difficulty we've experienced along the way. Anti-racism work is not as simple as applying resources "off the shelf". It is a long-term commitment that requires a lot of self-reflection and learning. It also invites a great deal of discomfort. But it is only from this discomfort that change can actually occur.
You are welcome to use and share our resources as per the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
If you would like to support our work and the creation of more resources like these, please make a donation to CommunityWise through our CanadaHelps donation page (you can direct your donation to the "Anti-Racist Organizational Change Project").
These tools and resources were made possible by the following funders: The Alberta Human Rights Education and Multiculturalism Fund (AHREMF), the Calgary Foundation, and a CIP Alberta Canada 150 grant from the Government of Alberta.
Anti-Racist Organizational Change (AROC): Resources and Tools for Nonprofits
In this resource booklet, we share ideas, group activities, sample documents, frameworks, policy tools and other resources we have both used and developed in the first 18 months of AROC at CommunityWise.
Organizational Racism: Self-Assessment
We developed this short questionnaire—just five questions—to get people thinking about how well their organization is addressing organizational racism. There's a lot more to it than these questions suggest, so we've included links to more comprehensive assessments, as well as definitions of the words diversity, inclusion, equity, organizational racism, and anti-racism.
If your organization is interested in addressing organizational racism and becoming more racially equitable, anti-racism training is a critical part of the process. The AROC Advisory Group offers trainings to organizations that would like to take this first step. If you would like to invite the group to train your team, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Podcast: The Unlearning Channel
This podcast discusses racism and anti-racism both inside and outside the context of organizations. It is produced and hosted by Jaqs Gallos Aquines and Mel Vee.
In the first episode, Jaqs and Mel speak with Thulasy Lettner, Equity Framework Coordinator at CommunityWise Resource Centre about CommunityWises's Anti-Racist Organizational Change (AROC) process and creating equitable practices in the non-profit sector in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Treaty 7 territory.
AROC Evaluation Report: Most Significant Change (September 2018)
This report outlines the findings from the Most Significant Change activity that was held with the AROC Advisory Group and Working Group in July 2018. The focus of this evaluation activity was to surface the learning and change that has occurred for individuals since they began their participation in one or both of these groups.