Racial and Social Justice Resources for Our Community


Community Collaboration and Collective Efficacy

Reflect: deepen your own self-awareness

Start by by reflecting on the following questions: 

  • What are the barriers that get in the way of community wellness?
  • What are the training opportunities that our community needs?
  • How am I currently addressing recurring community & historical trauma? What is a role I can play in caring for my community?
  • How has my own cultural identity been a part of my strengths and how has it helped me to overcome obstacles in the past? What am I most proud of about my culture? 
  • What are those unique practices from my own family that helps keep me grounded?
  • What are my own assumptions and implicit biases that I still need to surface and examine further?
  • What more do I need to know to be a better ally?

Learn: learn the facts and be informed with the following resources.

Teaching Tolerance: This one of the best resources

Facing History & Ourselves

TED Talk – How Studying Privilege Systems Can Strengthen Compassion: Media Addressing Race & Trauma

Stanford University Stereotype Threat: Offers definitions, research, and resources.

Racial Equity Tools: Offers articles, activities, and other resources for teaching about racism and justice.

Kirwan Institute for the Study of Implicit Bias: Research and resources for understanding implicit bias.

Theory of Aligned Contributions – An Emerging Theory of Change Primer: this theory lays out the conditions needed to move a complex problem from today’s reality to intended results

Racial Healing Allies focuses on adult SEL-based approach to racial healing and equity: a racial healing allies e-book 

Racial Equity Resource Guide: download the TRHT Implementation Guidebook or a collection of resources on racial healing

Education Week – The Urgent Need for Anti-Racist Education

Act: take action and be involved in collective change.

  • Take the Implicit Bias Test
  • Use “Questioning Frame of Mind” to talk about race (source
    • Seek clarity: “Tell me more about __________.”
    • Offer an alternative perspective: “Have you ever considered __________.”
    • Speak your truth: “I don’t see it the way you do. I see it as __________.”
    • Find common ground: “We don’t agree on __________ but we can agree on __________.”
    • Give yourself the time and space you need: “Could we revisit the conversation about __________ tomorrow.”
    • Set boundaries. “Please do not say __________ again to me or around me.
    • As you practice, take note of your responses and ask: How am I processing the experience? What body sensations do I have? What is my emotional reaction? Notice what triggers your response and how it manifests in your body.
  • Reject color blindness to build relationships: it can be powerful to connect with students and families over similarities. Celebrate and acknowledge differences!  
  • Communicate positive intentions by explicitly communicating respect for the other person and commit to treat them with care. 
  • Avoid making assumptions or inferences about different racial or ethnic group based on bias and stereotypes.
  • Listen with grace (listen to hear, not to respond)
  • Foster community collaboration by developing collaborative working alliances with local communities and groups with aligned goals in addressing race and trauma.

Self Care

“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and it is an act of political warfare” – Audre Lorde

Physical Health and Nutrition

  • Schedule regular time to exercise. Exercise can help alleviate stress & anxiety.
  • Eat healthy/regular meals and stay hydrated. This will help with your energy level and keep you healthy.

Normalize your Feelings & Emotions

  • Whatever you feel is OK and valid. Notice your feelings- whether it’s anger, frustration, anxiety, stress, sadness- they are all normal feelings. 

Mindful “Breathe. Move. Rest”

  • Take time to breathe and focus on your breath. 
  • Take regular pauses or brain breaks.
  • Take a mindful walk and notice what’s around you.
  • Get plenty of sleep.


  • Self-talk and reframing toward the positive (train your mind to think on what’s positive vs. the negative).
  • Use emotional distance when self-coaching by saying your name. (Ex: “Anne, you’ve encountered this before. What are other ways you can get through this situation now?”).
  • Journaling can provide a healthy means for releasing anger/frustration.
  • Practice daily gratitude.

Stay Connected with family, friends & allies

  • Daily check-ins to connect.
  • Lean on others when the load is too heavy.

Regulate information saturation from social media and the news

  • Be informed and updated but manage over-exposure to the bombardment of the 24-hour news cycle.

Lean on Community of Artists for Inspiration and Connection

  • During times of difficulty or stress the artists in our community can help us make sense of what is happening through art; paintings, photos, poems, lyrics, and dance can bring expression and connection to our collective experiences.

Seek Help: know when to reach out for help

Hope Cooperative Peer Support Line: feeling anxious and need support? Hope Cooperative’s Peer Navigators are available and ready to listen.  Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm  – 1 (855) 502-3224.

The Source Support Line for Youth and Caregivers: Feeling alone, stressed? Call or text 916-SUPPORT (787-7678) for 24/7 support.

Black Safe Spaces: A space for people who self-identify as being of African ancestry and who are experiencing racial stress, anxiety, and/or trauma. Adults/youth 14 yr+.

Mental Health America of California: resource guide for the African-American community

Youth Help Network for your older kids (16+): call/text available Monday – Friday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Call: (833) 333-2YHN (2946),Text: (916) 860-9819; California Relay Service: 711

Text START to 741-741 or call 1-800-273-TALK (8253) for a confidential conversation anytime.

Additional support is also available through your Employee Assistance Program (EAP)  – contact MHN EAP at www.members.mhn.com and register with the code “sia”, or call (800) 227-1060.

California Surgeon General’s Playbook: Stress Relief during COVID-19

Additional Resources to Support Adult Learning and Growth

Mindfulness & Yoga

Digital Yoga, Mindfulness, & SEL for Adults at Breathe for Change

Headspace App

Mind, Body, Heart Videos


Daily Self-Care Calendar for June

Use These Daily Quarantine Questions to Navigate Each Day


National Museum of African American History & Culture: Being Antiracist

Barack Obama: How to Make this Moment the Turning Point for Real Change


1619 (New York Times)

About Race

Code Switch (NPR)


Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi

How to be an AntiRacist by Ibram X. Kendi

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

The Pushout by Monique W. Morris