Racial Equity

United Way of Pierce County

Equity Diversity Inclusion Statement of Principles

From Policy, to Practice, to Programs, to Performance

Revised and Approved by Board of Directors 12/09/21

United Way of Pierce County fights for every person in every community every day. We believe that every person is entitled to be treated with dignity and respect – equal treatment and access to justice, not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because it makes United Way a stronger organization.

We take the broadest possible view of diversity.

  • We strive to be an anti-racist organization that puts equity, diversity and inclusion at the center of our daily work, success factors and performance outcomes.
  • We value the visible and invisible qualities that make you who you are.
  • We recognize that we are all situated into different matrices of power and privilege, and the first step is to take stock of that and not to disavow it or ignore it.                                          
  • We welcome that every person brings a unique perspective and experience to advance our mission and progress in our fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community.
  • We believe that each United Way community partner, donor, volunteer, advocate, and employee must have equal access to solving community problems.
  • We commit to using these practices for our business and our communities.
  • We believe that people should be more than just represented in our democracy, society and economy – their representation must include their ability to shape them.      



Statement from our CEO

City of Tacoma Mayor, Victoria Woodards - Equity Challenge Days Proclamation


Articles, Books & Films

Anti-Racism Resources


Vision for Equity

United Way is committed to being an anti-racist organization with a focus on racial and social justice. We unequivocally denounce structural systemic practices that work to marginalize entire populations of people. We recognize structural racism and other forms of oppression that have perpetuated poverty and contributed to persistent disparities which United Way seeks to dismantle. Our United Way strives to engage community members, especially those whose voices have traditionally been marginalized. We work with residents and public and private partners to co-create solutions that ensure everyone has the resources, supports, opportunities and networks they need to thrive and achieve their highest potential. We commit to leveraging all of our assets (convening, strategic investments, awareness building, and advocacy) to create more equitable communities.

In order to build sustainable, inclusive, and resilient organizations, and communities and an organizational culture where each employee, and volunteer feels valued, and supported, United Way of Pierce County is committed to:

  • Developing, maintaining, and publicly post an organization position opposing all forms of racism and discrimination, including xenophobia and religious intolerance (UWW requirement)
  • Annually, providing racial equity training for all board members and staff (UWW requirement)
  • Continuing to use racial equity as one of the criteria in making community investments (UWW requirement)
  • Conducting an organizational assessment of all of our policies, practices, and programs to better reflect the values we hold of equity and justice.
  • Continuing to examine our role in advancing the end of racism, especially the systemic racism that continues to perpetuate inequities and discrimination. Promoting programming that promotes equity, advances opportunity and heals the trauma of racism, discrimination, xenophobia, and religious intolerance. 
  • Centering our work on those with lived experience of all forms of racism, ensure that their voices are heard and take action to address systems that create barriers and have a history of structural and institutional racism.
  • Working in partnership with others, build community and political will that ultimately drives systems transformation across sectors and ensures that those with lived experiences are centered in the design of policies and practices.
  • Working with our community partners, we will unapologetically work to create pathways to wealth for communities of color (Black, Indigenous and People of Color).


We expect staff, volunteers, and collaborative and community partners to uphold these values as we work together to build a more equitable and inclusive community. Harassment, bullying, and discrimination will not be tolerated. We consider diversity, equity, and inclusion integral to our work, our role as a community convener, and at the heart of what it means to Live United.


A Statement from our CEO regarding racial injustice

City of Tacoma Mayor, Victoria Woods Equity Challenge Days Proclamation


Definition of Terms:

Anti-Racism is “an active way of seeing and being in the world, in order to transform it... A person who practices anti-racism is someone who works to become aware of:

  • How racism affects the lived experience of people of color and Indigenous people;
  • How racism is systemic, and has been part of many foundational aspects of society throughout  history, and can be manifested in both individual attitudes and behaviors as well as formal (and
  •  "unspoken") policies and practices within institutions; 
  • How white people participate, often unknowingly, in racism” (Calgary Anti-Racism Education, 2018)


Each individual is unique, and groups of individuals reflect multiple dimensions of difference including race, ethnicity, gender, class, sexual orientation, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, and cognitive styles.


 Is the intentional inclusion of everyone in society. Equity is achieved when systemic, institutional and historical barriers based on race, gender, sexual orientation, and other identities are dismantled and no longer predict socioeconomic, education and health outcomes.


In the context of societal systems, equality, and equity refer to similar but slightly different concepts. Equality generally refers to equal opportunity and the same levels of support for all segments of society. Equity goes a step further and refers to offering varying levels of support depending upon the need to achieve greater fairness of outcomes.


Call attention to patterns of inequitable outcomes.

• Take personal and institutional responsibility for the success of program participants (e.g., members, students, constituents)

• Critically reassess practices and demonstrate race- consciousness

• Understand the social and historical context of exclusionary practices in their field/area of work


Authentically bringing traditionally excluded individuals and/or groups into processes, activities, and decision/ policy-making in a way that shares power


Interpersonal sexism is what men do to women, the sexual abuse and harassment, the violence directed at women, the belittling or ignoring of women’s thinking, the sexist jokes, etc. Most people in the dominant group are not consciously oppressive. They have internalized the negative messages about other groups and consider their attitudes towards the other group quite normal.


An analysis of the connections between systems of oppression (e.g., racism and classism, racism and sexism) and how individuals experience those intersecting or compounding systems of oppression or privilege.


Brief and commonplace verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative racial slights and insults toward African Americans, Indigenous, and other people of color.


A socially constructed way of grouping people based

on skin color and other apparent physical differences, which has no genetic or scientific basis. The ideology of race has become embedded in our identities, institutions, and culture and is used as a basis for discrimination and domination.


Is “the condition that would be achieved if one’s racial identity no longer predicted, in a statistical sense, how one fares? When we use this term, we are thinking about racial equity as one part of racial justice, and thus we also include root causes of inequities, not just their manifestation. This includes elimination of policies, practices, attitudes, and cultural messages that reinforce differential outcomes by race or fail to eliminate them” (from UWW Racial Equity Tools).


The systemic, fair treatment of people of all races resulting in equitable opportunities and outcomes for everyone. All people can achieve their full potential in life, regardless of race, ethnicity, or the community in which they live. A racial justice framework can move us from a reactive posture to a more powerful, proactive, and even preventative approach.




How to talk to kids about race:


Blog with Resources for kids and social justice (how to talk to kids about race, how to raise kid activities, teaching social justice, etc): 


Recommended Resources from the Teach and Transform website (by a classroom teacher, social justice advocate, and anti-bias educator): 


Talking to Your Kids About Racism, Police Brutality, and Protests:


Teaching Materials for Black Lives Matter at School: 


Being the Change: Lessons and Strategies to Teach Social Comprehension: 



Multiple Reading Lists for kids about race, racism, current events in the media:






Additional Video Resources:

CBS News Video – Difference between Antiracist and not racist


The Choice - P &G continues its series of thought-provoking films on bias and racism with “The Choice,” an invitation to the often-silent majority to become allies, advocates and activists to end racial ...

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National Conference On Race & Equity (NCORE) Free Webinars Available Now:

Being Alive Into the Future!

Presenters: Shakti Butler and Amikaeyla Gaston 

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Grieving NCORE in the Time of COVID: Strategies for Self-Care and Engagement

Presenters: Ajia Meux, Anthony P. Natale, and Dedrick Perkins 

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Self-Care in the time of COVID - Strategies for Maintaining Intimacy, Physical Health and Mental Well-Being

Presenters: Stephanie Pelton-Miller, Emma Kupferman, and Victoria D. Stubbs

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Discovering Common Ground Across Differences: An Innovative Course on Facilitating Difficult Conversations

Presenters: Sarah Beth Dempsey, Ed.D., Legacy Lee, Angela Rascon, Rachel Fuller, and Sihin Tsegay 

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Woke Olympics and Social Justice Arrogance

Presenter: Rev. Jamie Washington, Ph.D. 

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Navigating academia in PWCs and Universities: A guide to equip first-generation students of color to thrive in higher education 

Presenter: Krystal Cruz

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The Struggle is Too Real: Cultivating a Spirit of Resilience for the Long Haul of Diversity Leadership

Presenter: Rahuldeep Gill, Ph.D.

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Introduction to Social Justice Models of Disability

Presenter: Julie Alexander

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The Intersection of Strengths and Social Identity: Using the Clifton Strengths to Engage Conversation about Difference

Presenter: Daniel Almeida, PhD

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The Dehumanization of Indigenous Women

Presenters: Emma Allen, MA, and Stephanie Cross, MA

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Articles, Books and Films




  • Just Mercy, a film based on civil rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson’s work on death row in Alabama (free to stream on Amazon through June 30)
  • Let It Fall, a documentary looking at racial tensions in Los Angeles and the riots over Rodney King’s death
  • 13th, a Netflix documentary exposing racial inequality within the criminal justice system
  • I Am Not Your Negro, a documentary envisioning the book James Baldwin was never able to finish


  • Rachel Cargle, a writer and lecturer who explores the intersection between race and womanhood
  • Ibram X. Kendi, the author of How To Be An Antiracist and Director of the Antiracism Center
  • Nikkolas Smith, the artist behind portraits of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and others
  • Brittany Packnett Cunningham, co-founder of Campaign Zero, a policy platform to end police violence, and a host of Pod Save The People
  • Ally Henny, a Christian commentator on race




Source: A Detailed List of Anti-Racism Resources


This document is intended to serve as a resource to white people and parents to deepen our anti-racism work. If you haven’t engaged in anti-racism work in the past, start now. Feel free to circulate this document on social media and with your friends, family, and colleagues.

Here is a shorter link: bit.ly/ANTIRACISMRESOURCES

To take immediate action to fight for Breonna Taylor, please visit FightForBreonna.org.


Resources for white parents to raise anti-racist children:

Articles to read:

Videos to watch:

Podcasts to subscribe to:

Books to read:

Films and TV series to watch:

  • 13th (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix
  • American Son (Kenny Leon) — Netflix
  • Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 — Available to rent
  • Blindspotting (Carlos López Estrada) — Hulu with Cinemax or available to rent
  • Clemency (Chinonye Chukwu) — Available to rent
  • Dear White People (Justin Simien) — Netflix
  • Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler) — Available to rent
  • I Am Not Your Negro (James Baldwin doc) — Available to rent or on Kanopy
  • If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins) — Hulu
  • Just Mercy (Destin Daniel Cretton) — Available to rent for free in June in the U.S.
  • King In The Wilderness  — HBO
  • See You Yesterday (Stefon Bristol) — Netflix
  • Selma (Ava DuVernay) — Available to rent
  • The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution — Available to rent
  • The Hate U Give (George Tillman Jr.) — Hulu with Cinemax
  • When They See Us (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix


Organizations to follow on social media:


More anti-racism resources to check out:

This document was compiled by Sarah Sophie Flicker, Alyssa Klein in May 2020. The original document can be accessed here.