AROC Tools and Resources

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”).

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.

AROC: Resources and Tools for Nonprofits (print version)

AROC: Resources and Tools for Nonprofits (web version)

AROC: Resources and Tools for Nonprofits Appendix (print version)

AROC: Resources and Tools for Nonprofits Appendix (web version)

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.

Organizational Racism: Self-Assessment

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.