To solve the most pressing problems of this century, those who are working to make change must name and consider race as the root cause of income and wealth disparities. Only by prioritizing the economic and personal well-being of people of color, particularly Black people, can cities ensure wealth and prosperity for all of their residents.

We are working to ensure that our commitment to issues of racial equity and inclusion, at the systems level, is reflected and centered in all of our work. To do this, we have adopted value and culture norms to guide our action. We work internally to develop our own racial equity competencies through the leadership of our internal racial equity team, Colleagues Operationalizing Racial Equity (CORE). Competency-building workshops allow us and our partners to practice our values through peer sharing, role playing and relationship building to embed what we learn in our strategies, initiatives and everyday decisions.

Featured Resources

500 Years of the Racial Wealth Gap: A Timeline

Explore the interactive timeline! Choose “Download this document” to download the citations and sources, with links to further reading. The experiment of America is over two centuries old. Throughout our history, systems were designed that isolate and separate us, and…

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Racial Equity Competency 101

500 Years of the Racial Wealth Gap: A Timeline

Explore the interactive timeline! Choose “Download this document” to download the citations and sources, with links to further reading. The experiment of America is over two centuries old. Throughout our history, systems were designed that isolate and separate us, and…

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Resource: Checking In With Our Humanity

This resource compiles check-in questions, poems and activities that we’ve used to center humanity in our work. Embedding racial equity into an organizational culture requires intentional work every single day. On a personal level, it can require a lifetime of…

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Interrogating and Ending White Supremacy Culture

Healing Justice

Centering Healing and Humanity

Two years ago, we began to prioritize healing justice in our racial equity journey. The desire for this work came from many things. Racism, specifically anti-Black racism, has created real, deep-seated structural harms that are manifested in our institutions, in…

September 23, 2020

How-To Guide: Employee Resource Groups

This resource is designed for any person, at any level of their organization to implement Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) at their organization based on research Living Cities has done to implement their own ERGs. This how-to is equipped with step-by-step…

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Breath & Body Work as Anti-Racism Practice

In reflecting on the power of breath work and body work as anti-racism practice, Living Cities staff member Lethy Liriano said, “I think that bringing meditation to white institutional cultures is a great step towards humanizing work spaces (which are…

June 12, 2020

Shifting Mindsets: Scarcity vs. Abundance

Shifting from scarcity to abundance mindset is the difference between assuming a fixed outcome and trusting that there are endless outcomes. As part of our practice to disrupt white institutional culture, we are becoming more aware of how this limiting…

June 25, 2020

Zine-making as storytelling and healing

One practice that we try to include in our healing justice practice is to create physical healing spaces for our staff. Our Timeout Tuesdays are reserved for internal meetings, all-staff meetings and a space for reflection. Before the pandemic, we…

July 8, 2020