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Resources to Support Inclusivity, Social Justice, Social Consciousness, Humanity in Our Communities (Home, School, Organizations, Businesses)

Resources to Support Inclusivity, Social Justice, Social Consciousness, Humanity in Our Communities (Home, School, Organizations, Businesses)

A compilation of local, state and national resources to support preventing and responding to prejudice, racism and facilitating social justice, social consciousness, humanity and unity in our community (homes, schools, health care practices, organizations, businesses).

Resources for:

  • REPORT BIAS CRIME Online
    or call 1-800-277-BIAS (2427)
    A statewide toll-free telephone referral system for individuals who feel they are targets of bias crime.
    If an emergency situation Dial 9-1-1
  • Reward Program (rewards up to $25,000)
  • Information on Identifying and understanding Bias Crime
    (Brochure available in English and Español)
  • REPORT Bias Crime Flier: Download Flier pdf

NJ Office of the Attorney General  Bias Guides

Tolerance, Empathy Acceptance and Respect (TEAR) program - Division of Family Guidance

  • Psychoeducational program designed for youth demonstrating bias related behaviors in school, home, internet or community settings
  • Addresses the importance and value of society’s multicultural make up and overall diversity
  • Objective is for youth to develop insight into how inappropriate-hateful behaviors are detrimental to society, community and to themselves.
  • Program is comprised of an intake and five psychoeducational modules, one of which is provided to the parents.
  • Referrals can be made by law enforcement, court personnel and community stakeholders.
  • To make a referral, please call the Crisis Unit at 201-336-7360

 for Families

Asian Mental Health Project - Aims to educate and empower Asian communities in seeking mental healthcare

Liberate - Mental health app to support the Black com#1 mental health app to support the Black community to develop a daily meditation habit.munity to develop a daily meditation habit.

**Resources for Talking about Race, Racism and Racialized Violence with Kids – The Center for Racial Justice in Education.   This webpage was compiled by Center for Racial Justice in Education. It is continually updated as they are made aware of more resources.   

The Conscious KidCreated and run by parents of color, the space is an educational non-profit to help parents understand and navigate the dilemmas of race, equity and education. There is a membership cost to join the community, or follow The Conscious Kid on Instagram

Teaching Children Cultural and Racial Pride.  HealthyChildren.org  In this video, AAP Pediatrician Edith Bracho-Sanchez, MD offers important advice to parents about the importance of teaching children to honor differences in others, and to celebrate the way in which we all contribute to American society.

Recorded PodcastHow To Talk To Your Kids About Race, Racism And Police Violence (47:18) June 02, 2020 by Anna Bauman and Meghna Chakrabarti on On Point.  On Point is produced by WBUR in Boston and is broadcast every weekday live on air from 10 a.m. to noon EST,on NPR stations around the country. 

Free E-bookBeyond the Golden Rule.  A Parent’s Guide to Preventing and Responding to Prejudice.  A Teaching Tolerance Publication.  Written by Dana Williams and Illustrations by Vincent Nguyen 

Blog Series on Talking to Kids about Race and Ethnicity.  Psychology Benefits Society    the Psychology Benefits Society blog shows how applied psychological science benefits society. Information is a powerful tool. By providing information consistent with psychology’s evidence on human behavior, health, and mental health, we hope to contribute to lasting and powerful social progress. The blog highlights roundups of recent research and provides updates on APA’s various programs, events, and activities that further the public interest. It also features perspectives from public interest psychologists on why they are passionate about the work they do. 

Raising Equity.  Dr. Kira Banks has been supporting individuals, groups and organizations for over 20 years. She has published journal articles and book chapters and has been featured in popular media outlets. Join her in exploring how we raise kids to have the skills and knowledge to be the change we want in the world. This course is for the engaged learner whether they are a parent, teacher, grandparent, auntie, coach or any adult who helps guide children.   You can keep up with Dr. Banks' on Facebook and YouTube.  

  10 tips for teaching and talking to kids about race.  by EmbraceRace with MomsRising  EmbraceRace is a multiracial community dedicated to sharing and developing best practices for raising and caring for kids, all kids, in the context of race.  They are designed to help parents of all backgrounds talk to and guide their children about race early and often by lifting up age-appropriate activities that can be incorporated easily into your daily life.  MomsRising.org  is unified by a mission to increase family economic security, to decrease discrimination against women and moms, to fight racism, sexism and xenophobia, and to build a nation where businesses and families can thrive.  To also read posts in Spanish, visit us at MamásConPoder.org.

              Recorded WebinarAddressing Racial Injustice with Young Children.   By Marianne Celano, PhD, ABPP, Marietta Collins, PhD, and Ann Hazzard, PhD, ABPP Illustrated by Jennifer  Zivoin  Our guests for this conversation were the three child and family psychologists who collaborated to write the children's book, "Something Happened in Our Town": A Child's Story About Racial Injustice. Published by the American Psychological Association's Magination press, the book follows a White family and a Black family as they discuss a police shooting of a Black man. The book includes many resources for parents and educators including child-friendly definitions, sample dialogues, and discussion guides.

       More recorded webinars available https://www.embracerace.org/resources/webinars

How to Talk to Your Kids About Race - A Fine Parent  by Tatiana Makunike.    This article is part of the Positive Parenting FAQ series. Get free article updates here

Podcast:  Talking Race With Young Children - Parenting/Difficult Conversations.  20 minute podcast posted on NPR on April 26, 2019.  Even babies notice differences like skin color, eye shape and hair texture. Here's how to handle conversations about race, racism, diversity and inclusion, even with very young children.

Talking to Children About Racial Bias Ashaunta Anderson, MD, MPH, MSHS, FAAP & Jacqueline Dougé, MD, MPH, FAAP for Healthychildren.com   Tips for parents to talk to their children about racism from healthychildren.com

Talking to Kids about Race by Heather Greenwood-Davis on June 1, 2020 for National Geographic Taking steps to raise anti-racist children from nationalgeographic.com

How to Talk to Children About Difficult News A guide from the American Psychological Association

Sesame Street in Communities: Community Violence Video on how to talk to children about community violence.   

Sesame Workshop — the nonprofit, educational organization behind “Sesame Street” — created anti-racist special “The Power of We” The special defines racism for younger viewers and shows how it can be hurtful. It urges children who encounter racism or hear someone else be the victim of it to call it out. 

Black History Movies That Tackle Racism from Common Sense Media.  These movies offer jumping-off points for conversations about injustice. By Betsy Bozdech 6/2/2020  The titles deal with African American characters and encounters with prejudice or racial issues, which makes them great conversation starters. But besides these titles, it's a good idea to introduce kids to media with diverse characters and stories that don't always place race at the center  

Common Sense Media, a non-profit that rates movies, TV shows, books, apps and other media for parents and schools, has curated a list of 80 books with diverse, multi-cultural characters for preschoolers and older, some of which could easily be suitable for babies and toddlers.

Brown Bookshelf has books that have, brown and black protagonists who deal at times with tough issues.

Books That’ll Guide Conversations About Racism With Your Kids By Megan Muessen for NJFamily on June 1, 2020

Anti-Racism For Kids 101: Starting To Talk About Race  Books for Littles.    If you’re nervous about talking about race with your kids, these books about racial diversity will give you an easy place to start destigmatizing difference & celebrating racial diversity.    In part 1 of this series on anti-racism for kids, we unpacked colorblind fallacies and discussed how refusing to acknowledge racial diversity further stigmatizes kids of color.   Anti-Racism 102: Why Not All Racial Discrimination is ‘Racism’.  With this collection, we teach kids why we must be mindful of social power in anti-racism work.

Race, Racism, & Mental Health Resources   PsychHub  Psych Hub has the world's largest online platform of digital education on mental health issues.

44 Mental Health Resources for Black People Trying to Survive in This Country - Because we need and deserve support. by Barnes, Zahra.  Published in Self magazine June 3, 2020

Black Mental Health Resources List of resources in downloadable PDF

Resources from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA):

Culturally-Sensitive Mental Health Services, Products & Apps (Instagram):
@henryhealthapp
Culturally Sensitive Self-Care Support & Mental Health Services (Tele-Therapy & Digital Communities)

@healhaus
Online LIVE yoga & meditation classes centered on diversity and inclusivity.  healhaus.com

@therapyforblkmen
Mental Health Therapists for Black Men and Boys 

@therapyforblackgirls
Culturally-Sensitive Therapists for Black Girls

@inclusivetherapists
Mental Health Therapists focused on Inclusivity 

@sistaafya
Low-Cost Community Mental Wellness Services Centering Black Women 

@LiberateMeditation
#1 Meditation App for the Black Indigenous & People of Color Community.  Liberatemeditation.com
 

Talking to White Kids About Race & Racism.  Safe Space Radio.   Many white parents have never learned how to talk about race and racism with their kids. Silence perpetuates racism—but it can be hard to know how to start. This hour-long program is about talking to white kids about race and racism: how white parents, families, and teachers can learn to show up for racial justice in a way that will make a difference for generations to come. The show explores a wide variety of approaches with kids of all ages. 

'Raising White Kids' Author On How White Parents Can Talk About Race : NPR  Aired May 31, 2020   Heard on All Things Considered.  NPR's Michel Martin talks to Jennifer Harvey, author of Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America, about how to talk with white kids about racially-charged events.   7 min podcast or read the transcript.

White Fragility:  Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism - Dr. Robin DiAngelo      Dr. DiAngelo's website "Critical Racial and Social Justice Education" has many excellent resources including handouts, resources for white parents, tools for schools, and a White Fragility Reader's Guide.    Recommended  journal article for white people:  Nothing to Add: A Challenge to White Silence in Racial Discussions  by Robin DiAngelo.  Published by Semantic Scholar in Understanding and Dismantiling Priviledge.  Volume II, Issue I February  2012. This paper analyzes a common dynamic in interracial discussions on race: white silence. Using whiteness theory as the frame, she explicates the common white rationales for silence in discussions of race and challenge each of these rationales from an antiracist framework. These rationales include: “It’s just my personality—I rarely talk in groups”; “Everyone has already said what I was thinking”; “I don’t know much about race, so I will just listen”; “I don’t feel safe / don’t want to be attacked, so I am staying quiet”; “I am trying to be careful not to dominate the discussion”; “I don’t want to be misunderstood / say the wrong thing / offend anybody”... 

Talking About the Murder of George Floyd & the Black Lives Matter Demonstrations In response to the events of spring 2020, StoryCorps aims to create a space for reflection. Each conversation recorded will be archived at the Library of Congress, where future generations can listen to and learn from this moment in the struggle for racial justice.

National Day of Racial Healing Conversation Guide Talking about Racism, Racial Equity and Racial Healing with Friends, Family, Colleagues and Neighbor

Healing in Action: A Toolkit for Black Lives Matter Healing Justice and Direct Action This toolkit was created to collate, condense and share the lessons we have learned in ensuring that our direct actions are centered on healing justice

Reading and RES (Racial and Ethnic Socialization): Parent Tip Tool Reading books with your child is a key way to start and continue to have conversations about race and ethnicity.

  • YouTube videos:
    • Ep011: #GoodAncestor Robin DiAngelo on White Fragility (1:29:41) Posted Dec 12, 2019 by Layla F Saad   Dr. DiAngelo is an Affiliate Associate Professor of Education at the University of Washington.  Her area of research is in Whiteness Studies and Critical Discourse Analysis. She is a two-time winner of the Student’s Choice Award for Educator of the Year at the University of Washington’s School of Social Work.  She has been a consultant and trainer for over 20 years on issues of racial and social justice.

    •   Dr. Robin DiAngelo discusses 'White Fragility'  (1:23:30)  Posted Jul 3, 2018 by Seattle Channel.   University of Washington professor Dr. Robin DiAngelo reads from her book "White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism," explains the phenomenon, and discusses how white people can develop their capacity to engage more constructively across race.

Resources to Support Children’s Emotional Well-Being Amid Anti-Black Racism, Racial Violence, and Trauma - Authors: Dominique Parris, Victor St. John, Jessica Dym Bartlett on June 23, 2020 on ChildTrends

Connecting Through Diversity - Resources shared with families to promote books, action, and mixed media resources.

Talking to Very Young Children about Race - . It is important for adults to explain to them what is going on in a way that makes sense based on their developmental level. These conversations need to become a pattern during the early childhood years and not a single event. Excellent, subtle suggestions are given. From the National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations.

Anti-Racism Resource Directory for Families - This Learning Heroes directory assists families as they navigate the many free resources that are available. While this is by no means exhaustive, we hope you will find it useful as your family talks and learns about racial equality 

B is for Breathe by Dr. Melissa Boyd: Teach children and adults about The ABCs of Coping with Fussy and Frustrating Feelings

How to Help Your Child Manage a Fear: Fears are a normal part of childhood — and so is learning to manage them. Sometimes kids are afraid of imaginary things, like monsters. But often, fears relate to what’s going on in their lives. With the COVID pandemic, for example, kids might worry about their parents getting sick. Learning to cope with fear isn’t always easy. It’s especially hard for some kids who learn and think differently. They may have trouble processing information and keeping emotions in check.

How to Talk to Your Child About the News

Talking to Children About Violence

How to Discuss Stressful Situations with Children

Talking to Children About Traumatic Events

For Educators and Pediatric Healthcare Providers:

Teaching Tolerancehttps://www.tolerance.org/about  Our mission is to help teachers and schools educate children and youth to be active participants in a diverse democracy.

Teaching Tolerance provides free resources to educators—teachers, administrators, counselors and other practitioners—who work with children from kindergarten through high school. Educators use our materials to supplement the curriculum, to inform their practices, and to create civil and inclusive school communities where children are respected, valued and welcome participants.

Our program emphasizes social justice and anti-bias. The anti-bias approach encourages children and young people to challenge prejudice and learn how to be agents of change in their own lives. Our Social Justice Standards show how anti-bias education works through the four domains of identity, diversity, justice and action.

Addressing Race and Trauma in the Classroom: A Resource for Educators - The National Child Traumatic Stress Network.   Helps educators understand how they might address the interplay of race and trauma and its effects on students in the classroom. The guide outlines recommendations for educators and offers a list of supplemental resources. It should be implemented in accordance with individual school policies and procedures.  Published in 2017

Race, Racism, & Mental Health Resources   PsychHub  Psych Hub has the world's largest online platform of digital education on mental health issues.

The Impact of Racism on Child and Adolescent Health  Policy Statement.  American Academy of Pediatrics.  Maria Trent, Danielle G. Dooley, Jacqueline Dougé, Section on Adolescent Health, Council on Community Pediatrics and Committee on Adolescence.  Pediatrics August 2019, 144 (2) e20191765; DOI: https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2019-1765 

Evaluating and Treating ADHD in African American Children: Guidance for Clinicians Article from ADDitude.com

Breaking Bias: Lessons from the Amistad - The New Jersey State Bar Foundation's new program

Resources for racial justice through complex care, consumer advocacy, and more

for Community Organizations and employers

National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network - A healing justice organization committed to transforming mental health for queer and trans people of color (QTPoC). 

Dipper - a platform for professionals of color to anonymously or identifiably assess a prospective workplace before threatening their mental health and success in a potentially racist, prejudiced or discriminatory work culture.?

Where to support black-owned businesses in North Jersey by Esther Davidowitz, Published June 4, 2020 on NorthJersey.com    Black-owned restaurants are not only crucial to supporting our communities but African-American entrepreneurs and employees.  

Racial Equity Tools   Racial Equity Tools is designed to support individuals and groups working to achieve racial equity. This site offers tools, research, tips, curricula and ideas for people who want to increase their own understanding and to help those working toward justice at every level – in systems, organizations, communities and the culture at large.

13 Microaggressions Black People Deal With All The Time by Kelsey Borresen on HuffPost 6/18/2020.  Racial microaggressions may be a more subtle type of prejudice, but their effects can be damaging to the mental and physical health of the Black community.

How to Manage When Things Are Not Okay (And Haven’t Been For Centuries) The Management Center.   This might be helpful for organizations to offer support for Black staff members and ways to make the organization more equitable. 

How to Get Serious About Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace.  TEDatUPS by Janet Stovall, UPS  July 2018 (10:58)

Racial Trauma Toolkit:  Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture, Boston College. 

Culture and Trauma   The National Child Traumatic Stress Network.  Enhancing cultural competence and encouraging cultural humility are essential to increasing access and improving the standard of care for traumatized children, families, and communities across the nation. Cultural awareness, responsiveness, and understanding need to be infused throughout every level of an organization to be most effective in addressing the needs of children who have experienced trauma.  Eliminating disparities in trauma services requires culturally responsive involvement across service sectors, communities, organizations, neighborhoods, families, and individuals in order to reduce barriers, overcome stigma, address social adversities, strengthen families, and encourage positive ethnic identity.

National Center for Cultural Competence:  The mission of the NCCC is to increase the capacity of health care and mental health care programs to design, implement, and evaluate culturally and linguistically competent service delivery systems to address growing diversity, persistent disparities, and to promote health and mental health equity.

Tools for Transformation.  Social Transformation Project    Transforming Organizations downloadable book

Open Source Leadership Strategies = Building Organizational and Leadership Capacity for Breakthrough Social Change  OpenSource Leadership Strategies, Inc. addresses the leadership and organization development needs of nonprofits and other social change agents across the nation and globe who want to be the change they seek in the world. OpenSource works with Client Partners to align mission-driven outcomes (i.e., what you want to accomplish) with strategy, structure, and culture (i.e., how you accomplish it) for greater impact and integrity.  

Race, Racism, & Mental Health Resources   PsychHub  Psych Hub has the world's largest online platform of digital education on mental health issues.

The People's Institute for Survival and Beyond (PISAB), is a national and international collective of anti-racist, multicultural community organizers and educators dedicated to building an effective movement for social transformation.

Anti-Bias Legal Education Response Team, NJ Office of the Attorney General    The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has developed an informational presentation about Bias Crimes and the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (“LAD”) that we deliver to houses of worship, community centers and educational institutions throughout the State.

The presentation will begin with a brief overview of the mission of OAG and the relevant responsibilities of its various Divisions. The Team will then go into depth about the following:

Contact us for a Free Community Information Session on:  Bias Crimes, Bias Incidents and Illegal Discrimination.  Please contact Citizen Services: 609-984-5828 and ask for information about the OAG ABLE Response Team. Help us #StopTheHate.     https://nj.gov/oag/stopthehate/sth-comm.html

Youth Law Center -  Resource Library.  The Youth Law Center is committed to sharing advocacy resources, information, and tools that can improve the quality of life and opportunities for youth in foster care and the juvenile justice system. 

The African American Chamber of Commerce of NJ.  The AACCNJ is dedicated to economically empowering and sustaining African American communities and businesses through entrepreneurship and capitalistic initiatives throughout the state of New Jersey and through its partnership with the National Black Chamber of Commerce, Inc. (NBCC).  

New Jersey Selective Assistance Vendor Information (NJSAVI)  this is a database that identifies businesses that are registered as a Small Business Enterprise (SBE) and/or certified as a Minority and/or Women Business Enterprise (M/WBE) with the State of New Jersey, through the Division of Revenue.  From this page you can access the State of New Jersey MBE/WBE Certification Application

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Certifications in New Jersey  Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certifications encourage success and equality in government and public contract awardance throughout the state. Businesses that are at least 51% owned and operated by ‘disadvantaged’ individuals of the population may qualify for a New Jersey DBE certification. This categorization applies to businesses owned by minorities, women, veterans, disabled veterans, and any other socially and economically disadvantaged person, as well as small businesses. There are several statewide, local, and regional DBE programs throughout New Jersey, giving businesses in every region the best opportunities to access lucrative opportunities and succeed.  

Bergen County Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Ramapo College.  America’s Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) were established in 1977 and can be found in every state in the U.S. Twelve SBDC regional offices are located throughout New Jersey.  Request no cost, one-on-one business counseling with the Small Business Development Center at Ramapo College

Addressing the Plight of New Jersey’s Immigrants in the COVID-19 Pandemic: Marginalized, Stigmatized, Heavily Impacted by the Pandemic, and on the Frontlines of the Battle Against the Virus This webinar will help you gain insight into the special problems posed by the Coronavirus pandemic to immigrants and refugees in New Jersey and learn about some of the policy reforms and practice initiatives designed to address these problems. The webinar will also identify a variety of resources available to serve newcomer populations as well as discuss the role that immigrants are playing as essential workers in healthcare and other fields.

Employee Assistance Program (Employers Association of New Jersey): Drug and alcohol abuse and psychological problems, family/life crisis and other life challenges take their toll on the workplace.  Valued employees are often left to fend for themselves, sometimes with the worst of consequences.  

And sometimes employees and family members just need a helping hand to balance work and family, provide eldercare or day care, or to access financial or legal services.

EANJ's Employee Assistance Program provides employers the tools to help employees and restore them to productivity and well-being.

Age Groups
  • Children
  • Adolescents
  • Adults
Health Services
Behavioral / Mental Health
Crisis / Safety
Areas Served
  • Bergen County

Last Updated: 01/11/21