The GARE Approach: Courses and Resources

GARE Racial Equity Framework

The GARE Learning Center is focused on supporting the GARE approach through events, courses, and other resources. This section provides self-paced courses and resources to help you on your journey toward becoming a racial equity professional. The GARE approach is driven by a framework of visualize, normalize, organize, and operationalize and the learning content and resources shared here directly support this approach and framework.

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Self-Paced Courses

Racial Equity Tools

Let's Talk About Race: How Race Explicit Messaging Can Advance Equity
This 2015 report can be used to inform communications strategies for a range of issues, from housing to education to health care and beyond.
Should local governments double down on their support of employee-owned worker models?
This 2022 case study examines the potential for employee ownership models to address the racial wealth gap, the types of employee ownership models available to local governments and community stakeholders, the strengths/ weaknesses of each model, and recommendations made by advocates and strategies for implementation.
Advancing Racial Equity in Housing, Land, and Development
This 2023 toolbox includes materials for local government staff and their community partners to embed racial equity in housing and planning agencies’ structures, policies, and practices.
Organizing for Racial Equity Within the Federal Government
This 2023 Resource Guide offers a clear path for federal civil servants who are committed to helping their institutions reach an organizational tipping point. The resource focuses on unifying strategies and structures that facilitate a deep, widespread, and sustained commitment to racial equity across the whole of government. Emerging and leading racial equity practitioners who understand it is important to continually bring more people together and to build staff and organizational capacity for change will find this resource helpful.
Racial Equity Core Teams: The Engines of Institutional Change
This guide provides jurisdictions and organizations with the tools and strategies to establish and scale a cross-departmental Core Team, as well as case studies from GARE Network Members.
GARE Communications Guide: Commit to Action
This 2018 guide is meant to serve as your toolkit for informal and formal communications about your jurisdiction’s work toward racial equity.
Advancing Racial Equity in Public Libraries: Case Studies from the Field
This 2018 Issue Brief profiles a handful of public libraries that are leveraging the power and influence of their institutions to advance racial equity in library work and beyond.
Racial Equity: Getting to Results
Tools are not the work, but they help us do work. Racial Equity: Getting to Results helps begin the process of using racial equity informed Results-Based Accountability to do more impactful work in your jurisdiction.
Equitable Development as a Tool to Advance Racial Equity
This 2016 Issue Brief presents equitable development strategies.
Equitable Development as a Tool to Advance Racial Equity
"When we achieve equitable development, we increase the capacity of people of color to strengthen their communities and determine their own future and that of their neighborhoods. We distribute the benefits and burdens of growth equitably among people of all races, ethnic backgrounds, incomes, and geographies/neighborhoods. We encourage multicultural communities where tenured and newcomer residents can thrive. And we provide meaningful choices for the most impacted people of color to live, work, and define their own culture throughout all neighborhoods. To achieve this ideal, we need a systemic approach that can create those kinds of outcomes. This requires coordinated and comprehensive investments, policies, and protections to prevent displacement of vulnerable residents, businesses, and community organizations. That approach should address the two major obstacles to achieving equitable outcomes related to development: 1) involuntary economic and cultural displacement of communities of color and 2) inequitable access for communities of color to the key determinants of social, physical, and economic well-being needed. A clear policy framework is helpful for developing, implementing, and measuring effective strategies. Two foundational equity elements guide the framework presented here: 1. Strong communities and people. People and communities with stability and resilience in the face of displacement pressures fare better. An intact community in which people are able to have high quality jobs and financial security; culturally appropriate goods, services, and support; and strong social networks that support the acceptance of a range of cultures has better outcomes. 2. Great places with equitable access. A city where all neighborhoods are healthy, safe, and afford their resident access to the key determinants of well-being promotes inclusion. Equitable development strategies presented in this brief aim to achieve the above policy goals and operationalize the definition of equitable development.