In Extension, we believe that personal and professional growth is an essential part of serving our families, communities, and ourselves. This list of resources to read and watch will deepen your understanding on the critically important topics of diversity, equity, inclusiveness, and access.
- American Bar Association Commission on Disability Rights: The Planning Accessible Meetings and Events Toolkit highlights critical factors in planning for events that are inclusive and welcoming for all attendees.
- National 4-H: This action-oriented Equity Toolkit provides resources for transforming culture through conversation, understanding, and action.
- University of Houston: The Diversity Activities Worksheet is a hands-on activity guide to deepen understanding of DEI topics.
- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: The Land Acknowledgement is an expression of appreciation to those on whose territory we reside and a way of honoring the Native people who have been living and working on the land from time immemorial.
- Wellesley Centers for Women: The White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack resource collection by Peggy McIntosh spans 30 years' worth of research and education on gender, race, and inclusion.
- University of Minnesota Youth Development Blog: Great general resource on DEIA topics; relevant posts highlighted below.
- Learning for Justice: This curated collection of educational resources focuses on Teaching Tolerance in the classroom.
- eXtension Foundation Impact Collaborative: Why is Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion important to Youth Development?
- New York 4-H: The 4-H Safe Spaces offers a curriculum and restorative justice webinar that examines how to create healing spaces within the 4-H community.
- University of Minnesota Extension: The Youth Development Podcast is a great source of content for broad youth development topics, but several episodes specifically address some relevant themes.
- Episode 20: Relationships, Role Models, and Rural LGBT Youth
- Episode 31: Gendered Phrases Make Unsafe Spaces
- Episode 36: Does Your Program Practice its Commitment to LGBTQ Youth?
- Episode 50: Creating Inclusive Environments for Special Needs Youth
- Episode 57: Let's Talk About Race
- Episode 58: Hmong-American Youth Talk about Racial Injustice
- Episode 59: How to Address Racial Justice Through Youth Voice
- Illinois 4-H Heritage Months Spark Sheets and Club Activity Fliers
- Asian American Pacific Island Heritage Month
- Black History Month
- Black History Month Club Activity Flier
- Black History Month Spark Sheets
- Cloverbud (children 5-8) Activity Sheet
- Hispanic Heritage Month
- Native American Heritage Month
- Native American Heritage Month Club Activity Flier
- Native American Heritage Month Spark Sheet
- Northern Illinois Specialized Explore Flier by Cecilia Higdon, Winnebago County