Equity and Inclusion

YPII is committed to race equity and inclusion for all youth with a primary goal of reducing disproportionality and disparate outcomes in child- and youth-serving systems. In our partnerships with others, we encourage and engage in data-informed conversations regarding racial inequities so that through our discussions and ensuing actions we address racial injustice in our communities. 

Project Overview

YPII has collaborated with Iowa’s Department of Human Services’ (DHS) Cultural Equity Alliance Steering Committee, the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative and the Iowa Aftercare Services Network (IASN) to develop and implement a race equity pilot project that moves beyond the conventional “one and done” training modality. [Read more]

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Race Equity Resources

The following tools and resources have been shared with Iowa’s Aftercare Network as part of the pilot project to address racial disparities in outcomes among young people served by the Network.


Race: Are We So Different
by Goodman, Moses, Jones
Taken from the popular American Anthropological Association’s project and museum exhibition of the same name, this book explores the contemporary experience of race and racism in the United States.

Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence by Sue
A must-read book for evidence-based debunking of pervasive myths, such as “colorblindness” being the preferred approach. Sue provides examples and practical tools to encourage readers to begin their own race talks.

Microaggressions in Everyday Life: Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation by Sue
Touted as the “first-of-its-kind”, this guide looks at microaggressions and their psychological effects on both the perpetrators and their targets.  Dr. Sue suggests realistic and optimistic guidance for combating—and ending—microaggressions in our society.

Orphan Train by Kline
A novel of second chances highlighting an historically significant movement of America’s past.  As a young girl “ages out” of the foster care system she meets an elderly woman who was an Orphan Train rider.  Their resilience and ensuing friendship helps them to uncover secrets that kept them from finding out who they are.

The Orphan Trains: Placing Out in America by Holt
This well-written non-fiction account of the migration of around 200,000 orphaned and homeless children on Orphan Trains is captured using oral histories, institutional records, and newspaper accounts.  Children’s immigration experience, the concept of child welfare and our idea of Western expansion are viewed through a new lens.


Implicit Bias: More Than Just a Few Bad Apples
, reviews how implicit biases can alter decision-making.

See how social media plays a dynamic role as one person notices racial inequity and then advocates for change to end disparate treatment.

Race:  The Power of an Illusion Video Series, a three-episode film questions the very idea of race as biology.  The third episode, The House We Live In is viewed during Iowa DHS’s “Race:  The Power of an Illusion” Learning Exchanges.

Color Blind or Color Brave, with nearly 2 million views, Mellody Hobson’s TED talk makes the case about speaking openly about race to make for better businesses and a better society.  As a black female president of one of the largest African-American-owned money management firm in the country, she is a regular contributor to matters of both finance and race equity.

The Unequal Opportunity Race, an animated short film displays structural discrimination using metaphors for obstacles to equality which affirmative action tries to alleviate.

ABC’s “20/20” and “What Would You Do?”  special on racism in American shows  reactions to both young white men and young black men committing the same crime.

I Am NOT Black, You are NOT White, a short video challenges the logic of defining ourselves through the use of labels which seem to divide us.

Lift Off, Harvard graduate Donovan Livingston’s moving and meaningful convocation speech was a social media viral sensation.  Livingston describes the difficulties that have historically faced black Americans seeking an education as he moves toward becoming an educator himself.

NPR investigates the objectivity of  criminal risk assessment scores and the effect of the score-based decision making on minority populations.


Often termed the “Harvard Implicit Bias Test”, since 1998 Project Implicit has tested implicit bias, measuring attitudes and beliefs that people may be unwilling or unable to report about race, gender, sexuality, age and more.

The Tool for Organizational Self-Assessment Related to Racial Equity was developed by the Coalition of Communities of Color with the believe that in order to live in health prosperous communities organizations play a role in creating a space where race and ethnicity no longer predict an individual’s chances for success.

The Annie E Casey Foundation provides a collection of key race equity and inclusion resources including recent data, action guides and strategies; including their popular Guidelines for Authentic Conversations About Race

The Community Tool Box, a free online resource includes strategies for developing Cultural Competence in a Multicultural World for those working to build healthier communities and bring about social change.

Racial Equity Tools offers over 1700+ tools, research, tips, curricula and ideas to help increase understanding of racial equity in systems, organizations and communities

The Face Test activity can indicate if your upbringing, family, friends, schools and churches—from which you develop your world view—is as diverse as you think.


We encourage you to use the resources provided and to share race equity tools that you may have.  Please submit questions and training materials that can benefit others for review and consideration to
Joanna McCaffery