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National Day of Racial Healing

Tuesday, January 16, 2018
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We invite you to participate in the National Day of Racial Healing (NDORH) next Tuesday, January 16. NDORH is an opportunity for people, organizations and communities across the United States to call for racial healing, to bring people together in their common humanity, and take collective action to create a more just and equitable world. It is part of the larger Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) effort—a national and community-based process organized by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to plan for and bring about transformational and sustainable change, and to address the historic and contemporary effects of racism. We are excited that the Foundation designated Los Angeles as one of the ten TRHT places in their inaugural effort. 

We are marking this important day in Southern California in a few ways. Together with our partners at TRHT-LA , we have compiled a list of things you can do individually or organizationally this year to advance equity and help heal Southern California - both are listed below or you can download the PDF here. Please feel free to share these far and wide.

Also, we invite you to join us at one of our exciting events throughout the day:

Finally, don’t forget to post about the National Day of Racial Healing and Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation using the #NDORH and #TRHT hashtags.

We look forward to engaging with you next Tuesday and beyond in our common efforts to advance equity and heal Southern California. 

10 Things You Can Do This Year to Advance Equity and Help Heal Southern California (PDF)

  1. Learn about the land you stand on. We all live on land that was once home to Native Peoples.
  2. Explore how race and racism have shaped Southern California specifically. Consider reading: 
  3. Visit a local museum to explore the diversity around us. Check out lectures and exhibits at:
  4. Be a tourist in your own community: visit some lesser known sites of local civil rights history with the alternative guidebook, A People's Guide to Los Angeles by Laura Pulido. You can also visit the Harada House in Riverside County.
  5. Watch a film or read a book about the impacts of racism and discrimination in our country and our modern world. Consider recent movies and documentaries like:
  6. Sign-up to be at one of EMBRACE LA’s 100 Dinners on Race in April. You’ll dine with people of different racial, ethnic or religious backgrounds and engage in an honest, open and meaningful conversation around race and racism in order to challenge and change inequities.
  7. Recognize your own biases – we all have them! Try taking the Harvard Implicit Bias Test. Once you know your biases, you'll be better equipped to resist stereotyping.
  8. Start a thought provoking conversation or share inspiring resources through your social media posts with questions like “What does racial healing look like to you?” or “How can you foster racial equity?” Post a statement, image or short video addressing why racial equity and healing is important to you. Use the hashtags #TRHT (Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation), and #NDORH. Visit to engage in Orange County’s social media campaign.
  9. Think about the diversity within your neighborhood, workplace, local school, house of worship, etc. and initiate conversations about where and why there might be a lack of inclusion. You might find Facing History, Facing Ourselves a helpful resource as you explore these issues. At home, consider how you might talk with your kids about race and tap into resources from the RACE Project.
  10. Imagine what a healed Southern California community would look like and commit personally to work for racial healing and equity; volunteer with or support organizations that focus on healing and equity. The W. K. Kellogg Foundation’s Racial Equity Resource Guide is a good place to look for resources. 

Bonus (#11): Our region is fortunate to have many groups committed to equity, justice and reconciliation. Share other racial equity resources and opportunities for community activism and healing with us here so we can share them with others.

Five Things Your Organization/Company/Agency Can Do This Year to Advance Equity and Help Heal Southern California (PDF)

  1. Revisit your organizational values—and revise if necessary—to include racial equity. This can help align your organizational culture, goals and strategies to advance equity.
  2. Invest in strengthening your staff’s understanding of race equity and inclusion principles. Offer professional development and racial equity training opportunities. Check out the helpful Racial Equity Tools website for ideas and take this self-assessment
  3. Examine your organization’s internal and external policies and procedures for unintended biases that may perpetuate inequity and discrimination. Specifically, look at:
    1. Internal: Change hiring and promotion practices to mitigate unintended biases and disrupt practices that have disadvantaged people of color, women and individuals from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, such as:
      1. Adopt a policy that allows for “education requirements OR equivalent experience” instead of strict education requirements
      2. Follow the new California laws that prohibit employers from asking job applicants about
        1. Previous salaries
        2. Criminal records (until a conditional job offer has been extended)
    2. External: Ensure that your communications and business strategies reflect an inclusive message and intentional efforts to serve everyone equitably. For example:
      1. Review your website and other communications—and revise if necessary—so the visual images and messages reflect the full range of your potential customers and stakeholders.
      2. Review practices to remedy any unintended or structural bias and ensure that you are offering equitable access to your services.
  4. Strengthen the capacity of your organization to address racism and discrimination by collaborating with other organizations that work explicitly on improving outcomes for communities of color. The TRHT-LA website will have suggestions in the coming months.
  5. Regularly assess your organization’s racial equity efforts. Make sure to adopt distinct metrics for diversity, cultural competency and inclusion, each of which contribute to the larger equity outcomes. Examples of actions your organization can consider include:
    1. Racial Equity: Identify systemic and institutional barriers to race-equitable outcomes by conducting equity impact assessments and organizational self-assessments.
    2. Diversity: Increase racial/ethnic diversity on your board and among staff, especially senior staff.
    3. Cultural Competency: Provide training that assists board members and employees to work across cultural lines and make decisions that are culturally appropriate and sensitive.
    4. Inclusion: Adopt practices that actively encourage and value engagement by all groups and stakeholders.


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