Eight Ways to be an Anti-Racism, Anti-Oppression Champion

Call people "in"

Call people into conversations when they make problematic comments. Hold friends and family accountable, and engage in respectful conversations.

Support marginalized communities

Support the work, art, and businesses of members of marginalized communities.

Roll up your sleeves

Volunteer at an organization that supports social justice and advocacy.

Speak up

Write letters to political leaders. Don’t be a bystander, speak up.

Keep learning

Take a course or workshop on anti-racism and anti-oppression

Join together

Form a group within your community to discuss topics related to equity and inclusion. Include diverse voices in these conversations.


Donate to an organization that advocates for marginalized communities.

Build your skillset

Learn what it means to take action in your community. (See the section below!)

What makes change happen?

Social Change Ecosystem Map from Building Movement Project describes many different roles that are involved in creating social change. The ecosystem concept emphasizes the importance of building connections with others and working together to stand up against hate.

Groups already involved in this work like the Southern Poverty Law Center create concrete guides like 10 Ways to Fight Hate that help us understand the effectiveness of different actions and find actions that suit our situations.

Continue your learning journey

White Fragility: Why It’s so hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo (video of author talk)

Me & White Supremacy by Layla Saad (video of author talk)

Policing Black Lives by Robyn Maynard (video of author talk)

How to be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi (video of author talk)

Reni Eddo-Lodge, journalist and author who focuses on feminism and racism, @renireni on Twitter and @renieddolodge on Instagram

Dr. Shola Mos-Shogbamimu, lawyer and political and women’s rights activist, @SholaMos1 on Twitter

Layla F. Saad, author of New York Times Bestseller “Me and White Supremacy,” @laylafsaad on Instagram

The Harvard Implicit Association Test can help to learn more about unconscious biases.

Do you…

  • Learn with humility?
  • Actively listen to members of marginalized communities and their experiences?
  • Affirm and validate their experiences without automatically assuming that you understand them?

Try the 21 day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge. Read the example of how the Pacific University School of Occupational Therapy adapted the Challenge.

Learn what you can do with Speak Up: Responding to Everyday Bigotry, a resource from SPLC.

Toolkit Feedback