Episode 4: Making Space for Conversations about Racism

We recorded this episode the week of George Floyd’s funeral. We acknowledge the need to address what is happening in our communities today. We did not tape our usual banter about nonprofit topics. We took the week to be in conversation with each other and people in our communities on racism, privilege, and what we can do. We want to share some of what we have been reading and discussing. We warmly invite you to be a part of this conversation and commitment to action.

Resources for reflection, discussion, and action

A Letter to my White Friends by Dax Devlon-Ross, as published in the Nonprofit Quarterly. The author helps us to better understand the experiences of a black man in America today.

So you want to talk about race by Ijeoma Oluo. This is a great book for a book club because it breaks down issues related to race into accessible chapters.

Confronting the Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap by the organization Building Movement Project. Who leads our organizations is a key piece to the conversation, and this research invites us to rethink how we make space for leaders of color.

21-Day Racial Equity Challenge by the Michigan League for Public Policy. This is a collection of readings and discussion questions to expand what we know about race.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Nonprofit Sector by Bloomerang. This one-stop-shopping resource provides lists of readings, webinars, podcasts, agencies and speakers related to race and racism.

Discussion questions:

Usually we give you discussion questions to ponder. This week we ask you to spend time with the resources here (or others) and reflect on what you think should be discussed within your family, nonprofit, or community. Design your own list of discussion questions and find times to integrate these conversations into your meetings. End each discussion with a few specific actions that you can take. Thank you for taking the time to make space for conversations about race. 

What do you think?