Racism & Diversity Resources

Black History Month 2023 Calendar

Black History Month 2023 Calendar – created by the Racial Justice Working Group under the Justice Committee, JPIC Sisters of St. Joseph Brentwood.

Honoring Thea Bowman, FSPA

In celebration of Black History Month, IPJC honors the legacy of Sister Thea Bowman. View her addressing the Conference of Bishops in 1989.


Resources Produced by IPJC

Racism & Diversity Resource Library

Websites | Workbooks | Lesson Plans & Activities | Articles & Books

The Sisters of Mercy Prayer for the Elimination of Racism


Catholic Health Care Association – Diversity & Health Disparities CHA and the Catholic health care ministry are committed to the importance of diversity — both in the workforce and in meeting the needs of diverse patients.

Centre for Intercultural Learning Canada’s largest provider of cross-cultural and international training services for internationally-assigned government and private sector personnel.

Cross Cultural Health Care Program Nonprofit organization founded in 1992 whose mission is to help ensure underserved communities full access to quality health care that is culturally and linguistically appropriate.

Crossroads Antiracism Organizing and Training An organization that does trainings and has many resources and tools on ending the institutionalized and systemic manifestation of racism.

Cultural Diversity in the Church The US Bishops Conference Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church pursues the goal of making diversity and its implications more recognized and understood among church leaders—clergy, religious, and laity. 

Equal Justice Initiative An organization which works to end mass incarceration and to challenge racial and economic injustice.

Institute for Racial Sobriety An organization which gives tools and presentations on learning where we have internalized racism and addressing it.

Intercultural Communication Institute The Intercultural Communication Institute (ICI) is a nonprofit charity with the mission of fostering an awareness and appreciation of cultural difference in both the international and domestic arenas. ICI offers resources for intercultural, cross-cultural, multicultural, international, diversity training, and education.

Open Wide Our Hearts: the Enduring Call to Love —Pastoral Letter on Racism, US Catholic Bishops

Race in America 2019

Race Forward Racial justice think tank and home for media and activism.

Race, Gender and Wealth Initiative  The Insight Center’s Race, Gender and Wealth Initiative is a national effort to address the intersection between race, gender and wealth inequality.

Racial Equity Tools Glossary, research tips, curricula and ideas for anti-racist education and action.

Racial Equity Resource Guide Articles, organizations, books, media strategies and training curricula aimed at achieving racial healing and equity.

The Sentencing Project Think tank doing research and advocacy for reform to the US criminal justice system, largely researching unjust racial disparities, and working for alternatives to incarceration.

67 Sueños An organization in San Francisco working to raise the voices of migrant youth who are often undocumented to impact the national dialogue on immigration and immigration reform through videos and other works of art.


Culture Matters: The PeaceCorps Cross-Cultural Workbook Designed for Peace Corps Volunteers, this practical, hands-on guide is also a rich and useful resource for students who want to look into their own culture and become more understanding of people of other cultures. Available for download in Spanish and English.

Poverty & Racism: Overlapping Threats to the Common Good A document that helps begin a process for change by educating, reflecting and moving communities/groups to commit themselves to addressing the issue of racism and poverty in our lifetime.

Lesson Plans & Activities

Critical Multi-Cultural Pavilion Curriculum, handouts, exercises, songs, and other activities.

Diversity Lesson Plans and Activities Clearinghouse of activities and lesson plans for elementary, middle and high school teachers.

Diversity Toolkit for Business These training activities are brief enough to incorporate in a staff meeting, flexible enough to use in large and small groups, and easy to use with clear objectives and instructions to guide the user.

Race Bridges for Schools Ideas, tools and resources for teachers who want to explore diversity and race-relations in the classroom. A ministry of the Society of the Divine Word.

Racial Equity Resource Guide Articles, organizations, books, media strategies and training curricula aimed at achieving racial healing and equity.

Teaching Tolerance Curriculum, tools and educational materials from this project of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Ten Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide Ideas on how to respond to hate and hate crimes, including when they are racially motivated, published by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Articles & Books

Alexander, Michelle. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of ColorblindnessThe New Press, 2010.

Bonilla-Silva, Eduardo. Racism Without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America. Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc. Fifth Edition, 2017.

Catholic Common Ground Initiative. “Ten Things Everyone Should Know About Race.” California Newsreel. (2003)

Coates, Ta-Nehisi. Between the World and Me, Spiegel & Grau, 2015.

DiAngelo, Robin. White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, Beacon Press, 2018.

Dyson, Michael Eric.  Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America, St. Martin’s Press, 2017.

Johnson, Allan G. Privilege, Power and Difference. McGraw Hill, Third Edition, 2017.

Law, Eric H.F. Finding Intimacy in a World of Fear. Chalice Press, 2007

Law, Eric H.F. Inclusion: Making Room for Grace. Chalice Press, 2007.

Law, Eric H.F. The Wolf Shall Dwell with the Lamb: A Spirituality for Leadership in a Multicultural Community. Chalice Press. 1993.

Massingale, Bryan. Racial Justice and the Catholic Church, Orbis Books, 2010.

Oluo, Ijeoama. So You Want to Talk About Race, Seal Press, 2018.

Stevenson, Brian. Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, Spiegel & Grau, 2014.

Taylor, Richard and LaVonne France. “Racial Healing at the Parish Level.”

Williams, CPPS, Clarence. Racial Sobriety: Becoming the Change You Want to See. The Institute for Recovery from Racisms, 2007.