A SPACE TO SPARK CHANGE.

The YMCA of Greater Houston’s Equity Innovation Center is a shared space designed to help reverse institutional racism and create more equitable communities. The first of its kind in the region, it is one of the only spaces dedicated to giving community members the opportunity to learn, lead, organize, advocate, meaningfully connect and enact change.

TERMS TO KNOW

A comment or action that subtly and often unconsciously or unintentionally expresses a prejudiced attitude toward a member of a marginalized group.

The process in which individuals are blocked from (or denied full access to) various rights, opportunities and resources that are normally available to members of a different group, and which are fundamental to social integration and observance of human rights within that particular group.

A prejudice in favor of or against one thing, person, or group compared with another usually in a way that’s considered to be unfair. Biases may be held by an individual, group, or institution.

The attitudes and beliefs you have about a person or group on a conscious level. Most of the time, these biases and their expression arise as the direct result of a perceived threat.

Fair and just relations between an individual and society, measured by the distribution of wealth, opportunities for personal activity, and privileges within a society.

Freedom from bias, favoritism, or privilege. 

Beliefs that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race.

Includes the policies and practices entrenched in established institutions, which result in the exclusion or promotion of designated groups.

An international human rights movement, originating in the African-American community, that campaigns against violence and systemic racism toward Black people.

Takes action and challenges the status quo.

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6 WAYS TO ADVOCATE

FOR RACIAL EQUITY IN THE WORKPLACE NOW

TAKE THE
HARVARD
IMPLICIT
ASSOCIATION
RACE TEST

Where are you on your anti-racist journey? Find out here.

TAKE THE TEST

READ,
LISTEN,
AND
LEARN

Read, review, blog or listen to a podcast. Learn new perspectives that may be positively life altering.

HAVE AN
HONEST
DISCUSSION

We invite non-people of color to take an honest look at your staff and colleagues and start a conversation. It may be uncomfortable, but change never is comfortable.

SHARE YOUR
STORIES

If you are a person of color, be open. Share your story in a respectful, mindful way so that others may understand, empathize and learn solutions.

SPEAK UP
& OUT

Speak up and out about an injustice or uncomfortable situation as it happens. Allies and advocates need to support others so they will know they are not alone.

JOIN
AN ERG

YMCA of Greater Houston ERG’s are committed to creating safe and brave spaces for employees and volunteers to feel known, seen, and heard while empower themselves with each other.

GET CONNECTED

RESOURCES

“Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.” -Benjamin Franklin

Antiracism Center
Audre Lorde Project
Black Women’s Blueprint
Color Of Change
Colorlines
The Conscious Kid
Equal Justice Initiative (EJI)
Families Belong Together
Justice League NYC
Gathering For Justice
The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights
The Movement For Black Lives (M4BL)
MPowerChange
Muslim Girl
NAACP
National Domestic Workers Alliance
RAICES
Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)
SisterSong
United We Dream 

FOR A FULL LIST OF OUR RESOURCES,
VISIT OUR RESOURCES PORTAL

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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MORE EQUITY
INNOVATION
EVENTS

See a list of events you can attend to learn more about and engage in equity innovation here in Houston.

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