Equity Innovation Center
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.
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.
Read, review, blog or listen to a podcast. Learn new perspectives that may be positively life altering.
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.
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 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.
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
“Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.” -James Baldwin
75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice
Jenna Arnold’s resources (books and people to follow)
Rachel Ricketts’ anti-racism resources
Resources for White People to Learn and Talk About Race and Racism
Save the Tears: White Woman’s Guide by Tatiana Mac
Showing Up For Racial Justice’s educational toolkits
The [White] Shift on Instagram
“Why is this happening?” — an introduction to police brutality from 100 Year Hoodie
Zinn Education Project’s teaching materials
“Start by doing what’s necessary, then do what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” –St. Francis of Assisi
Parenting Forward podcast episode ‘Five Pandemic Parenting Lessons with Cindy Wang Brandt’
Fare of the Free Child podcast
Integrated Schools podcast episode “Raising White Kids with Jennifer Harvey”
The Conscious Kid: follow them on Instagram and consider signing up for their Patreon
“Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.” -Benjamin Franklin
Audre Lorde Project
Black Women’s Blueprint
Color Of Change
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)
National Domestic Workers Alliance
Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)
United We Dream