Fundamentals of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The following links may be useful in further exploration of the concepts, terms, and history related to race and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) concepts.

Equity vs. Equality and Other Racial Justice Definitions

The Annie E. Casey Foundation | Defining the terms and core concepts is a critical first step in approaching DEI work: “A com­mon lan­guage cre­ates a nar­ra­tive that makes it eas­i­er to com­mu­ni­cate the com­mit­ment to racial equi­ty, both inter­nal­ly and exter­nal­ly, and it cre­ates a plat­form for coor­di­nat­ed work toward equi­table out­comes.”


500 Years of the Racial Wealth Gap

Living Cities | This multimedia timeline documents the history of policies, laws, and practices that have led to today’s racial disparities in income and wealth across the US, focusing on three questions:

  • What policies and events created and maintained the racial wealth gap?
  • What efforts have been made to repair past harm?
  • How have Black and white wealth and homeownership rates changed over time?


The Value of Difference: DEI and Cultural Intelligence, Explained

GCN | An explanation of the terms Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, plus steps for building Cultural Intelligence (CQ) and instilling DEI organization-wide. (Though focused on the board, this resource is suitable for nonprofit professionals in any kind of leadership position.)

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