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Leadership Snohomish County (LSC) is a nonprofit that connects, ignites and develops county-specific sustainable leaders to strengthen our communities. Each year, we help experienced and emerging leaders in Snohomish County gain an understanding of the critical issues affecting the region and the stewardship capabilities needed to resolve them. Through our nine-month Signature Program and Young Professionals Program, we work in small teams with the business, government and nonprofit sectors as Community Impact Project Partners. LSC features more than 700 alumni who remain strongly invested in Snohomish County.


Step Up Toolkit 2018


STEP UP 2018: Virtual Toolkit

The resources below are offered in conjunction with LSC's second annual event in the STEP UP series:
STEP UP: Moving Racial Equity Forward
Presented Friday, April 20, 2018, at the Lynnwood Convention Center in Lynnwood, Washington.

Links are sourced from event speakers, from Sno-Isle Library professionals and our diverse community.
Additional resources are added as received.

See individual 2018 videos below, or visit our STEP UP 2018 YouTube Playlist.


Sno-Isle Libraries resource page:

This page, which includes recommended reading and online resources, was created by Sno-Isle Libraries Info Services.

resource guides 

Leadership Snohomish County has done its best to vet these resources for accuracy. You are encouraged to use your judgment when using these resources for your own purposes. 


In 2010, The Kellogg Foundation launched America Healing, an effort to put the belief in a false human hierarchy based on physical characteristics and the racial and structural inequalities it creates behind us, by first putting it squarely in front of us. America Healing is a strategy for racial healing toward racial equity, and is designed to raise awareness of unconscious biases and inequities to help communities heal. In support of America Healing, we have created this comprehensive and interactive racial equity resource guide that features practical resources, including articles, organizations, research, books, media strategies, and training curricula aimed at helping organizations and individuals working to achieve racial healing and equity in their communities.


What is School's Out Washington doing to address structural racism?

Fifty-five percent of youth who are participating in afterschool and youth development (AYD) programs in Washington state are youth of color. Given our statewide reach to these programs, SOWA has the ability to impact racial equity outcomes for youth.  


Altarum Institute and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF)

This is a report detailing the economic impact of racism, and the benefits of advancing racial equity as the demographics of our nation continue to evolve.


Morning Keynote by Ijeoma Oluo | Beyond Hearts and Minds: Focusing on the Work of Anti-Racism

Morning keynote by Ijeoma Oluo. Introduced by LSC Executive Director Kathy Coffey.

Keynote presentation with Dr. Nate Bowling. Introduced by Ivan Gaskin.

Morning breakout session with Ivan Gaskin. Introduced by Azrael Howell.

Afternoon breakout session with Jim Henderson and Jim Hancock. Introduced by Brad Shantz.




On April 20th, 2018 members of the Tulalip Tribes presented two workshops at the STEP UP: Moving Racial Equity Forward event on April 20, 2018. The first, presented by Patti Gobin and Ryan Miller with the Tulalip Tribes Treaty Rights Office was entitled "Sovereignty, Culture & Resilience," and session presented by The Hibulb Cultural Center and Natural History Preserve entitled, "Our Journey to Becoming the Tulalip People." presented by Tessa Campbell and Marjorie James. 



José L. García-Pabón, Ph.D., conducted the workshop "Why Don't They Come? Latinos in Outreach Programs," at the STEP UP: Moving Racial Equity Forward event on April 20, 2018. The Latino Community Studies and Outreach (LCSO) initiative is an effort of Washington State University Extension to increase its outreach and service to the growing Latino community in the state of Washington.  Its website will provide you information and resources with regard to the Latino community’s situation, needs, issues, and contributions.

José L. García-Pabón, Ph.D

Garciajl@wsu.edu or 425-357-6008



Speaking together differently in order to live together differently.  

The Civil Conversations Project seeks to renew common life in a fractured and tender world. We are a conversation-based, virtues-based resource towards hospitable, trustworthy relationship with and across difference. We honor the power of asking better questions, model reframed approaches to entrenched debates, and insist that the ruptures above the radar do not tell the whole story of our time. We aspire to amplify and cross-pollinate the generative new realities that are also being woven, one word and one life at a time.

Find out more about the Civil Conversations Project here. Get the download to their guide "Better Conversations," here. 


Jim Henderson and Jim Hancock presented the workshop "The Three Practices" at the STEP UP: Moving Racial Equity Forward event on April 20, 2018. Download the Three Practices guide here

Here is the 28-minute movie shown at the conference called, The Three Practices for Crossing the Difference Divide.

Jim Henderson talks about The Three Practices in his TEDxEverett talk.



Anti-bias curriculum is an approach to early childhood education that sets forth values-based principles and methodology in support of respecting and embracing differences and acting against bias and unfairness. Anti-bias teaching requires critical thinking and problem-solving by both children and adults. The overarching goal is creating a climate of positive self- and group-identity development, through which each child will achieve her or his fullest potential.


Cultures Connecting offers a list of free resources the organization has developed or modified for culturally relevant anti-bias work in schools and other organizations. These resources are free for you to download and copy. Please give credit to Cultures Connecting.

DOWNLOAD (PDF): Value of Diversity

Workshops: http://culturesconnecting.com/register/

Reading:  Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Strategies for Facilitating Conversations on Race



Anti-bias education is an approach to teaching and learning designed to increase understanding of differences and values to a respectful and civil society, and to actively challenge bias, stereotyping, and all forms of discrimination in schools and communities. It incorporates inclusive curriculum that reflects diverse experiences and perspectives, instructional methods that advance all students’ learning, and strategies to create and sustain safe, inclusive, and respectful learning communities.

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Media literacy 

From Linda Kennedy, LK Media

DOWNLOAD (PDF): Core Concepts & Key Questions

LINK TO YOU TUBE VIDEO: We all need media citizenship. 



The Center for Media Justice offers the following definition of framing (a particular communication strategy – see Framing and Messaging) when applied to communicating about racial justice. They note that justice framing, “is a methodology that exposes structural inequity, emphasizes social responsibility and corporate accountability, and highlights the role of government and policy. Justice framing uses news coverage, policy, entertainment media, and all forms of communications to move public conversations toward a collective vision of progressive structural change.” When and how to be explicit about race is still controversial, even in the racial equity field. It is critical to be able to showcase and explain not just racial disparities, but also the full narrative on why and how these disparities came to be in place. This section discusses the dangers of not talking about race, provides tools on how to share stories, and also provides information about the role of implicit bias.



SEAT Institute

DOWNLOAD (PDF): Social Justice + Technology

Every person deserves to have their personal decisions regarding technology respected. Our focus is on social justice education around technology. Come have a SEAT at the table: Subscribe here.


Combating Islamophobia

Aneelah Afzali, Executive Director, MAPS-AMEN (American Muslim Empowerment Network)

Combating Islamophobia

DOWNLOAD (PDF): Combating Islamophobia Action & Resource List


Leila Fadel – NPR (National Public Radio)

America's Next Generation of Muslims Insists on Crafting Its Own Story



Mindful Magazine

When Mindfulness and Racism Intersect

Episode 7 of the Point of View Podcast explores why we’re missing out on the joys of our rich human community, and how mindfulness can help us dismantle the subtle patterns and habits that separate us from each other.


Doreen St. Félix – The New Yorker

The National Geographic Twins and the Falsehood of Our Post-Racial Future

"In the letter, Goldberg — who is the first woman and the first Jewish person in the top post since the magazine’s founding in 1888 —informs her readers that John Edwin Mason, a historian of photography and of the African continent, having studied the magazine’s archive, found that, through failures of omission, overwrought inclusions, a melodramatic tone, and other editorial choices, National Geographic had mismanaged its reportage on nonwhite cultures. As Goldberg summarized, “until the 1970s, National Geographic all but ignored people of color who lived in the United States . . . . Meanwhile it pictured ‘natives’ elsewhere as exotics, famously and frequently unclothed, happy hunters, noble savages — every type of cliché.”


Sarah Ruiz-Grossman – Huffington Post

In Face of Islamophobia, This Group Hosts ‘Meet a Muslim’ Events in Kansas

“It’s harder to demonize someone or think they’re monolithic when you actually get to know them.”


Kyle Powys Whyte – Yes! Magazine

White Allies, Let’s Be Honest About Decolonization

"To be a good ally to Indigenous communities, decolonize your environmentalism."


Terry Patten – AlterNet

What It Really Means to Be 'Woke': Radical Activism Is Spiritual as Well as Political

It's about balancing the inner work of personal growth and the outer work of political activism.


Michael Harriot – The Root

#NotRacists Be Like: The Top 10 Phrases Used by People Who Claim They Are Not Racist


Courtney E. Martin – Medium

Diversity & Inclusion Trainers of Note


Keith BieryGolick and Chris Mayhew – The Cincinnati Enquirer

These Three Moms Know More About Racism in Schools Than Most


ON BEING PODCASTS – www.onbeing.org

by Sherry K. Watt:

Treating Racism Like We Treat Cancer

Seeing Humanity in the Context of Race and Racism


by Anjali Dayal:

We Must Reckon with the Terrible Realities Hidden in Plain Sight


by Parker J. Palmer:

Owning up to my Toxic Biases


by Courtney E. Martin:

Three Tensions at the Heart of Fighting Racism as a White Person


by Omar Safi:

The Wisdom of Saying, "I Don't Know."

"There is also a racial component to it. In corporations, in universities, in so many of our communities, you see that the daily work of service, the unacknowledged committee work, the glue work without which nothing would be done, is carried out mostly by women and people of color. The further up the pyramid of power you go, the whiter and whiter the pyramid gets. And the (usually) white men at the top far too often speak with a confidence and all-knowing-ness that is unrelated in any factual sense to the depth of their wisdom or experience vis-à-vis their people-of-color counterparts. This is not simply a personality trait, an 'alpha male' quality, or 'exuding confidence.' It is directly related to a structure of power inequity that both reflects and perpetuates racial hierarchies."

TED talks

VIDEO PLAYLIST: The Pursuit of Justice 

(10 Talks)

VIDEO PLAYLIST: Talks to Help You Understand Racism in America

(9 Talks)

VIDEO PLAYLIST: Talks to help You Understand Social Justice

(9 Talks)

How I'm Fighting Bias In Algorithms

MIT grad student Joy Buolamwini was working with facial analysis software when she noticed a problem.

Color Blind or Color Brave?

The subject of race can be very touchy. As finance executive Mellody Hobson says, it's a "conversational third rail." But, she says, that's exactly why we need to start talking about it.

How Students of Color Confront Impostor Syndrome

As a black woman from a tough part of the Bronx who grew up to attain all the markers of academic prestige, Dena Simmons knows that for students of color, success in school sometimes comes at the cost of living authentically.


To contribute to this toolkit, email kathyc [at] leadershipsc [dot] org. LSC is interested in the resources that you find most meaningful.