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Podcast: Silence is Not an Option with Don Lemon

“In our new podcast, we’re going to dig deep into the reality of being Black and Brown in America, and explore what you can do to help find a path forward.” Listen here.

Importance of Inclusive Language - Panelists: Brandon Jones, Jonah Venegas, Tiana Hardy

“Mitákuye Oyás’iŋ” is a phrase from the Lakota language that means “We Are All Related.” It reflects the world view of interconnectedness. St. Croix Family Resource Center, Youth Service Bureau, and SoWashCo Cares invites you to join in our efforts to help build inclusive communities through diversity, equity and inclusion conversations. If we truly want to be a community that welcomes, embraces and treats all people in a healthy way, then we have a responsibility to educate ourselves and others and be willing to have uncomfortable conversations. Watch here.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as defined by panelist: Brandon Jones, Jonah Venegas, Tiana Hardy

What does Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion mean? Special thanks to our panel members to share their own understanding of DEI. Watch here.

How to have helpful and safe conversations about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion with panelist: Brandon Jones, Doug Pelcak, Vivian Jenkins Nelsen, Timi Ogundipe

What are ways to being difficult conversations with family, friends, and community members? Watch here.

Care for self and the relationship during Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion conversations with panelist: Brandon Jones, Sandra Saucedo-Falagan, and Olivia Alston

What barriers do you think are preventing people or causing hesitation to have conversations around Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion? Watch here.

Systemic Racism Explained

Systemic racism affects every area of life in the US. From incarceration rates to predatory loans, and trying to solve these problems requires changes in major parts of our system. Here’s a closer look at what systemic racism is, and how we can solve it.

Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man
CNN & Sesame Street Town Hall
Danger of a Single Story
How Can We Win?

Educational Resources

Beyond the Golden Rule: A Parent's Guide to Preventing and Responding to Prejudice
George Floyd. Ahmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor. What do we tell our children?
Trauma Guides
How To Talk About Traumatic Events and Tragedies
Teaching about Race, Racism, and Police Violence
15 Tips for Talking About Violence with Children
How To Talk To Your Kids About Race
Mental Health Resources for the Black Community


LA 92
I Am Not Your Negro
Whose Streets?
Just Mercy
Netflix Series: When They See Us

Learning Companion:


YSB Good Reads


  • White Fragility: Why it is so hard for white people to talk about racism by Dr.Robin DeAngelo (YouTube video with Dr. DeAngelo discussing book)
  • Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do Hardcover by Jennifer L. Eberhardt PhD (Author)
  • How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
  • Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? by Beverly Daniel Tatum
  • My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem
  • Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad
  • I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown


Children's Books
  • A is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara
  • A Kids Book about Racism by Jelani Memory
  • Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
  • All are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold
  • All Because You Matter by Tami Charles
  • Antiracist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi
  • Black is a Rainbow Color by Angela Joy
  • Can I Touch Your Hair? by Charles Waters & Irene Latham
  • Except When They Don’t by Laura Gehl
  • Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry
  • I Am Enough by Grace Byers
  • I am Love by Susan Verde
  • I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont
  • Islandborn by Junot Diaz
  • Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love
  • Just Ask: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You by Sonja Sotomayer
  • Let’s Talk About Race by Julius Lester
  • Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison
  • Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History by Vashti Harrison
  • Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match by Monica Brown
  • Not Quite Snow White by Ashley Franklin
  • Princess Hair by Sharee Miller
  • Something Happened in Our Town by Marianne Celano, Ann Hazzard, & Marietta Collins
  • Speak up by Miranda Paul
  • Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell
  • Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev
  • Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o
  • The Colors of Us by Karen Katz
  • The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson
  • The Little Pea by Eric Battut
  • Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie
  • We March by Shane Evans
  • Woke Baby by Mahogany L. Browne
  • You Matter by Christian Robinson
Young Adult Books
  • This Book is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell

  • Born a Crime by Trevor Noah (young reader’s edition)

  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

  • The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

  • The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore

  • Stamped by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds

  • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor

  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

  • Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes

  • Resist by Veronica Chambers

  • Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Training Resources

How to be an Ally
“Racial equity work is about progress, not perfection. What can white folks do to advance racial equity in their organizations? We will discuss strategies for thinking critically about how your organization may be upholding systems of racism – and what you can do to break the cycle. Whether you are new to racial justice or need a refresher to reaffirm your commitment, this will be a space to gather resources you can apply in your sphere of influence.”
Cultural Somatics
Good Ancestor Academy
WE CAN'T BREATHE: Conversations on Systemic Racism
Intercultural Competence Edge, Inc.