eXtension Resources

Each of the resources included within this tool has been curated by the eXtension Organizing Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Many were submitted by members like you. These resources fit the following criteria for posting:

  • Materials were relevant to the DEI topic, as well as informative and useful to DEI programs.
  • Materials were easily accessible in some type of online format

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10 LGBTQ Resources for Mentors

Jessica Cunningham, research assistant at the MENTOR/UMB Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring, compiled the following list of 10 LGBTQ-specific resources (listed in alphabetical order)...

2019 Kids Count Data Book State Trends in Child Well-Being

This 30th edition of the Data Book examines how America’s child population has changed, demographically and geographically. Many of the contrasts are dramatic.

4-H as a Catalyst to Enhance Quality of Life for Hispanic Individuals

Improving the quality of life for all Americans by increasing economic opportunities is essential to maintaining a highly competitive agricultural system in a...

4-H Latino Youth Outreach: Best Practices Toolkit

The 4‑H Latino Youth Outreach: Best Practices Toolkit is a guide to help 4‑H Cooperative Extension professionals become active catalysts and change agents...

A Bridge Between Two Worlds: Leadership Among Resettled Sudanese Youth in an American city

This case study focuses on the Sudanese youth diaspora in the United States – specifically Portland, Maine – in an attempt to understand...

A Review of Services and Interventions for Runaway and Homeless Youth: Moving forward.

Research focused on the impact of community-based services and treatment interventions designed to intervene in the lives of runaway and homeless youth has...

A Snapshot of the Change Agent States for Diversity Project

The Change Agent States For Diversity is a consortium of seven states dedicated to supporting greater cultural diversity in land-grant universities. The overall...

A Social Justice Perspective on Youth and Community Development Theorizing the Processes and Outcomes of Participation

This article draws upon a study of 88 justice-oriented, community-based United States youth programs to explore how youth development philosophies shape the processes...

Adolescent Mental Health: Neighborhood Stress and Emotional Distress

The purpose of this article is to explore the role of neighborhood characteristics, specifically economic disadvantage/advantage, residential instability, and racial/ethnic heterogeneity on emotional...

Advancing Methods in Research on Asian American Children and Youth

This article provides guidance for research methods in three areas: (a) conceptualizing and assessing migration-related factors, (b) assessing ethnicity and national origin, and...

Afterschool Matters Fall 2018

This issue includes a peer-reviewed article and a reflective essay by two “graduates” of the fellowship, Jocelyn Wiedow and Sonia Toledo. Both focus...

Agents of Change Youth Development & Social Justice Activism

To understand how youth and their adult allies engage in resisting systematic social inequalities. This dissertation explores non-profit agencies that support Social Justice...

Agribusiness Small Farm Diversity

Equality for all opportunities for small farmers

America After 3PM Special Report: Afterschool in Communities of Concentrated Poverty

Afterschool programs have come to be recognized as critical partners in helping to ensure that all children are afforded the opportunities that will...

America’s Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2018

The Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics (Forum) was chartered in 1997 by the authority of Executive Order No. 13045. The...

An Annotated Bibliography on Structural Racism Present in the U.S. Food System, Sixth Edition

This annotated bibliography provides current research and outreach on structural racism in the U.S. food system for the food system practitioner, researcher, and...

An Integrated Conceptual Framework for the Development of Asian American Children and Youth

This article addresses the challenge by offering an integrated conceptual framework based on three broad questions: (a) What are theory-predicated specifications of contexts...

Anti-Racist Organizational Change: Resources & Tools for Nonprofits

Many nonprofit organizations talk about the importance of diversity, inclusion, and equity, but many find it difficult to truly integrate these concepts into...

Asian American Youth Language Use: Perspectives Across Schools and Communities

Recent studies of Asian American youth language practices have presented compelling insights about the identities and migration experiences of young people of Asian...

Assessment of Anxiety and Depression in Asian American Youth

This article reviews the current state of research on the assessment of anxiety and depression in Asian American children and adolescents. Contrary to...

Camp To Belong

Camp To Belong (CTB) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to reuniting brothers and sisters who have become separated in foster care through...

Change Agent States Fact Sheet

The Change Agent States Project, initiated by Cooperative Extension, is a catalytic step in beginning the transformation of the land grant system. It...

Change Agent States Vision and Framework for Change

The Change Agent States project, initiated by the Cooperative Extension Service, is a catalytic step in beginning the transformation of the Land Grant...

Change Agent States Youth Diversity Tool Kit

The Change Agent States project, initiated by the Cooperative Extension Service, is a catalytic step in beginning the transformation of the Land Grant...

Collective Impact Resources

The Collective Impact Forum has created a curated central pool of resources so that what’s experienced and learned by one initiative can be...

Coming from a place of walking with the youth-that feeds everything: A mixed methods case study of a runaway and homeless youth organization.

Organizations for runaway and homeless youth (RHY) provide essential services to highly vulnerable youth who have a wide variety of basic needs and...

Communicating Cross-Culturally: What Teachers Should Know

A publication curated by Pratt-Johnson. This article looks at the need for teachers to be culturally responsive and competent as schools and classrooms...

Corporate Diversity Initiatives Are Good For Everyone–Including You

This Forbes article explores why cultivating a diverse employee population where everyone feels able to bring their best selves to work is not...

Critical Practices for Anti -Bias Education

This critical practices guide offers practical strategies for creating a space where academic and social-emotional goals are accomplished side by side. It also...

Defining Civility

A document and definition curated by the Institute for Civility in Government

Defining Cultural Competency and the Health Industry

A resource curated by Shatomi Luster-Edward outlining the research of cultural compentency in relation to the health industry.

Defining DEI

What is Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion? Diversity is the presence of difference that may include race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, nationality, socioeconomic...

Defining Implicit Bias

A resource curated by the Kirwan Institute understanding the characteristics of Implicit Bias.

Defining Microaggression / Tool: Recognizing Microaggressions and the Messages They Send

A document curated by UCLA’s Diversity’s Faculty and Development. Adapted from Sue, Derald Wing, Microaggressions in Everyday Life: Race, Gender and Sexual Orientation,...

Defining Social Justice / Racism is a Public Health Crisis

Synthesizing the social justice discourse in educational leadership, Furman and Gruenewald (2004) offer three shared meanings of social justice embedded in various ways...

DEI Awareness Checklist

A resource/checklist curated by Shatomi Luster-Edward with eXtension outlining the importance of DEI awareness. ☐ Gender Awareness ☐ Geographical Location ☐ Race ☐...

Developing Culturally Sensitive Parent Education Programs for Immigrant Families: The Helping Youth Succeed Curriculum

This paper describes the process by which the Helping Youth Succeed (HYS) curriculum was developed for Cambodian, Hmong, Lao, and Vietnamese immigrants in...

Developmental Disabilities Training Series

Who should take this program? This program is designed for Cooperative Extension professionals and volunteers, youth development professionals, and individuals in a wide variety of...

Dismantaling Racism: White Supremacy Culture

Manifestations of ​White Supremacy Culture This piece on white supremacy culture is written by Tema Okun and builds on the work of many...

Disparity: An Analysis of the Historical, Political, and Funding Factors at the State Level Affecting Black Academic Agriculture

Analyzes the history of land grant institutions, examining disparities around the Morrill Acts of 1862 and 1890, as well as the Hatch-George Act...

Diversity and Inclusion Pulse: 2017 Leader’s Guide

Russell Reynolds Associates surveyed 2,167 male and female executives around the world to understand how companies align themselves around diversity and inclusion (D&I)....

Do Programs for Runaway and Homeless Youth Work? A Qualitative Exploration From the Perspectives of Youth Clients in Diverse Settings

This study was guided by the positive youth development (PYD) approach (21), the accepted basis of programming in most RHY settings (22). PYD...

Do Your Assumptions Affect How You Treat People?

A video produced by Soul Pancake

Education, Citizenship, and Social Justice

Education, Citizenship and Social Justice provides a strategic forum for international and multi-disciplinary dialogue for all academic educators and educational policy-makers concerned with...

Emotional intelligence and organizational effectiveness

This article explores the role of Emotional Intelligence (EI) in achieving organizational effectiveness and how it is reiterated in studies carried out across...

Emotional Intelligence on Generations

Success in the workplace takes a lot more than education, book knowledge or experience. Organizations and the conscious, achievement-oriented managers needs a high...

Emotional Intelligence: Implications for Personal, Social, Academic, and Workplace Success

This article presents an overview of the ability model of emotional intelligence and includes a dis-cussion about how and why the concept became...

Ending Youth Homelessness Guidebook Series: Promising Program Models

Ending Youth Homelessness: Overview of this Guidebook SeriesThis series of three guidebooks is designed for Continuum of Care (CoC) leadership and stakeholders to...

Ending Youth Homelessness: Promising Program Models

This guidebook from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is designed for Continuum of Care (CoC) leaders and stakeholders to...

Engaging Latino Youth Community Base Programs: Findings from the First Ten Years of the Oregon 4-H Latino Outreach Project

Across the nation, community-based organizations are facing the challenges that accompany serving new, ethnically and racially diverse audiences. For many communities this is...

Equity and Empowerment Lens – Multnomah County

The Equity and Empowerment Lens (with a racial justice focus) is a transformative quality improvement tool used to improve planning, decision-making, and resource...

Equity and Empowerment Lens (Racial Justice Focus)

A Lens leads us to think about issues in a new way; it can bring an idea into focus, or alternately, expand it...

Equity Assessment Worksheet

This assessment gives participants the opportunity to gather evidence, engage in dialog and evaluate practices and procedures to determine a baseline for work...

Everyday Racism – Algebra or Pre-Algebra?

Narrator:   Tony is an African American student about to begin high school. He wants to be the first in his family to attend...

Experiences of Violence, Perceptions of Neighborhood, and Psychosocial Adjustment among West African Refugee Youth

This study examined experiences of school and community violence exposure, perceptions of neighborhood, and socio-emotional health among refugee and nonrefugee youth in The...

eXtension’s Civil Dialogue web site

A resource curated by the ECOP Rapid Response team for Civil Discourse on Race Relations. The site documents the April 2017 report and...

Factors Associated with Drop-in Center Utilization Among Unaccompanied Youth Experiencing Homelessness.

Drop-in centers for homeless youth take a low barrier approach to addressing both their basic needs (e.g., food, hygiene, clothing) and higher level...

Federal Data Summary: School Years 2014-15 to 016-17: Education for Homeless Children and Youth

This report marks the thirteenth school year for which the U.S. Department of Education (ED) has collected annual performance data from all states...

Foundation Individual Rights in Education

Curated by the fire.org (Foundation Individual Rights in Education). These resources outline ones rights to their freedom of speech in relation to civility....

From Hopelessness to Hope Social Justice Pedagogy in Urban Education and Youth Development

This article reviews the social justice youth development (SJYD) model conceptualized to facilitate and enhance urban youth awareness of their personal potential, community...

General Adaptations for 4-H Leaders

For many children/adolescents with disabilities, the key to success in any activity is having appropriate adaptations, accommodations, or modifications. Educational legislation, such as...

Get comfortable with being uncomfortable | Luvvie Ajayi

Luvvie Ajayi isn’t afraid to speak her mind or to be the one dissenting voice in a crowd, and neither should you. “Your...

Guide to Mentoring Boys and Young Men of Color

The practices and resources discussed in this guide will be useful to any mentoring program serving Boys and Young Men of Color (BYMOC)...

Guide to Recruiting Black Men as Mentors for Black Boys April 2014

The difficulties faced by black male youth in their quest for educational success are well documented. Black men are uniquely positioned to help...

Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters

Each year, children experience violence and disaster and face other traumas. Young people are injured, they see others harmed by violence, they suffer...

Homeless Hub

The Homeless Hub is a web-based research library and information centre representing an innovative step forward in the use of technology to enhance...

How to Foster Workplace Belonging Through Successful Employee Resource Groups

This Forbes article explores how in order for a company to successfully scale itself, it must maintain a culture of empowerment and community....

How to overcome our biases? Walk boldly toward them.

Our biases can be dangerous, even deadly — as we’ve seen in the cases of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner,...

Increasing Cultural Awareness & Equity in Extension Programs

To access the course: 1. Go to https://campus.extension.org/ 2. The login pane is on the left hand side of the screen. Enter existing login credentials or choose...

Increasing Cultural Awareness & Equity in Extension Programs – Online Modules

To access the course: 1. Go to https://campus.extension.org 2. The login pane is on the left hand...

Increasing Equitable Care for Youth through Coordinated School Health

Nearly a quarter of the students in the U.S. education system have a chronic health condition, disability, or special healthcare need. Students living...

Institutional Interventions to Prevent Implicit Bias from Undermining Organizational Diversity

A resource curated by the Kirwan Insitute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity

It All Starts within Video/ Shareably

An inspirational speech by Muniba Mazari.

Journal of Disability Policy Studies

Journal of Disability Policy Studies (JDPS) addresses compelling variable issues in ethics, policy and law related to individuals with disabilities. Regular features include...

Journal of Diversity in Higher Education

Journal of Diversity in Higher Education largely publishes empirical research focused on issues related to issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in post-secondary...

Leadership for Social Justice: Preparing 21st Century School Leaders for a New Social Order

Research curated by: Gaetane Jean-Marie, University of Oklahoma Anthony H. Normore, California State University, Dominguez Hills, and Jeffrey S. Brooks University of Missouri

Lesson plan – Calculating the Poverty Line

Classroom experiences that critically investigate the causes and meaning of poverty in our own nation offer students tools for change, and new ways...

Lesson plan – Editorial Cartoons- Poverty, Environmental Justice

This is the fourth lesson in the series “Using Editorial Cartoons to Teach Social Justice.”People who are poor don’t have access to the...

Lesson plan – How Natural Disasters Affect People Experiencing Poverty

In this lesson students will identify and explore connections between poverty and natural disasters. Grade Level 3-5

Lesson plan – Poverty and Natural Disasters- Exploring the Connections

In this lesson students will identify and explore connections between poverty and natural disasters. Grade Level 6-8 9-12

Lesson plan – Race and Poverty

In this lesson, students will learn that race is a factor often connected to poverty and that institutions can create obstacles for the...

Lesson Plan – The Cycle of Poverty

This lesson is the third in a series called “Issues of Poverty.” Students explore the causes of poverty in the United States and...

Lesson plan : Exploring Gender Stereotypes in Stories

This lesson allows children to look at one or more picture books that counter gender stereotypes. After discussion of the book, children will...

LGBTQ Supplement to the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring

The LGBTQ Supplement to the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring responds to a long-standing call to extend the reach and quality of...

Like Minded

LikeMinded is a crowdfunding tool that amplifies nonprofit efforts and encourages communities to come together and support public good projects.

Mapping Tools

Mapping tools to assist in understanding currently served and under-served areas. Zee Maps Mapme

Maryland 4-H Issue Forum

Maryland 4-H hosts Issue Forums to intentionally focus on addressing areas of social injustice within communities, the country, and the world. The purpose...

Measuring Racial Equity in the Food System: Established and Suggested Metrics

This tool offers an expansive list of metrics that U.S. food system practitioners and food movement organizations can use to hold ourselves accountable...

Mentoring Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Intersex, and Gender Nonconforming Youth

This review examines research on mentoring for youth who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex, and gender nonconforming (LGBTQI-GNC). It is organized...

Microaggressions and Social Work Practice, Education, and Research

An editorial article by Michael S. Spencer, School of Social Work, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA To cite this article: Michael...

Missed Opportunities: Youth Homelessness in America.

National Estimates highlights results from a national survey on unaccompanied youth homelessness in America. The study captures youth homelessness broadly, including sleeping on...

Moving the needle on strategic diversity: Lessons learned from strategic diversity measurement in 2015 and 2019

How are organizations thinking about D&I in 2019, especially regarding strategic goals? Are HR leaders satisfied with the progress their organizations have made...

National 4-H Access, Equity and Belonging Committee

The Access, Equity and Belonging Committee (AEBC) seeks to support the 4-H System to reach its National 4-H Grows, A Promise to America’s...

National Center for Education Statistics

Enrollment in public elementary and secondary schools, by level and grade: Selected years, fall 1980 through fall 2027

Now Is the Time for Change: Reframing Diversity Planning at Land-Grant Universities

Using policy discourse analysis, the author analyzed 21 diversity action plans issued at 20 U.S. land-grant universities over a 5-year period to identify...

Organizational Culture and Climate

Understanding the impact of organizational culture and the climate that it creates for leaders, employees, and public servants.

Our Role and Responsibility Towards Social Justice

People of color have been historically marginalized and stripped of equitable access to education throughout this country—which is a form of social injustice....

Programs: Helping Standing Rock Youth Succeed

Sue Isbell delivers 4-H and youth development programming in Sioux County, North Dakota, which serves members of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. The...

Programs: Iowa 4-H: From Inclusion to Belonging

One-in-five school age (K-12) youth in Iowa is of color, and 4-H membership should mirror this trend. Thus, in 2014, Iowa State University...

Programs: Texas 4-H Mission Possible Camp

Mission Possible is a co-educational, inclusive program that provides a residential summer camp experience for youth of differing abilities, bringing youth together to...