Compass DEI Resources

Cultural Proficiency

At Compass, we are committed to building a community where we are open to ongoing learning, self-evaluation, and self-awareness. Our goal is to create a community where we recognize strengths in all people and respond respectfully to people of all cultures.

As a learning organization, we seek to understand how systems of privilege and oppression, including policies and institutional practices, affect opportunities for families in our programs. This online resource offers training and supports to better understand how race and culture impacts our work and how different people experience life through their culture.

Implicit Bias Resources

Harvard Implicit Bias Survey

This Implicit Association Test looks at our implicit biases towards race.

View other Project Implicit Tests

Race: Power of an Illusion III

This 3-part series questions the very idea of race as innate biology. Part III focused on housing inequality

Psychology of Racism

Beverly Daniel Tatum discussed how straight talk about our racial identities is essential to enabling communication across racial and ethnic divides.

Under the Affluence

Tim Wise "Under the Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Sacrificing the Future of America"

View Tim Wise F.A.Q.s revised for Compass.

Toxic Inequality

How America's Wealth Gap Destroys Mobility, Deepens the Racial Divide, and Threatens Our Future.

Color of Law

Segregation in America is the byproduct of explicit government policies at the local, state, and federal levels.

Understanding the Racial and Gender Wealth Gap

What We Get Wrong About Closing the Racial Wealth Gap | April 2018

A publication of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity

By William Darity Jr., Darrick Hamilton, Mark Paul, Alan Aja, Anne Price, Antonio Moore, and Caterina Chiopris

The racial wealth gap is large and shows no signs of closing. Recent data from the Survey of Income and Program Participation (2014) shows that black households hold less than seven cents on the dollar compared to white households.1 The white household living near the poverty line typically has about $18,000 in wealth, while black households in similar economic straits typically have a median wealth near zero. This means, in turn, that many black families have a negative net worth. (Hamilton et al. 2015).

Asset Value of Whiteness: Understanding the Racial Wealth Gap | 2017

A publication by Demos.

By Amy Traub, Laura Sullivan, Tatjana Meschede, & Tom Shapiro

Issues of racial inequity are increasingly at the forefront of America’s public debate. In addition to urgent concerns about racial bias in law enforcement and the criminal justice system, activists highlight deeply connected issues of economic exclusion and inequality. No metric more powerfully captures the persistence and growth of economic inequality along racial and ethnic lines than the racial wealth gap. According to data from the Survey of Consumer Finances, the median white household possessed $13 in net wealth for every dollar held by the median black household in 2013. That same year, median white households possessed $10 for each dollar held by the median Latino/a household.

The Road to Zero Wealth | September 2017

A publication of the Institute for Policy Studies

By Chuck Collins, Dedrick Asante-Muhammed, Emanuel Nieves, Josh Hoxie

In this report, we look at the racial wealth divide at the median over the next four and eight years, as well as to 2043, when the country’s population is predicted to become majority non-white. We also look to wealth rather than income to reconsider what it means to be middle class. In finding an ever-accelerating gap, we consider what it means for the American middle class and we explore what policy interventions could reverse the trends we see today. We find that without a serious change in course, the country is heading towards a racial and economic apartheid state.

Closing the Women's Wealth Gap | January 2017

A Publication of Closing the Women's Wealth Gap By Heather McCulloch

Closing the Women’s Wealth Gap—What It Is, Why It Matters, and What Can Be Done About It aims to inform a national discussion about the women’s wealth gap, and to catalyze movement towards policy and practical solutions that build wealth for low-income women and women of color. The report begins with an overview of what wealth is and why it matters; it summarizes some key data on the causes and effects of the wealth gap; and it points to promising policy and practical solutions, proposed or underway at the national, state, and local levels. The data and findings included in this paper are not the result of new research; instead, the paper highlights ideas and insights of a committed cadre of researchers and advocates to draw attention to the issue and lift up solutions.

The Color of Wealth in Boston | March 2015

A Joint Publication of Duke University, The New School, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston By Ana Patricia Muñoz, Marlene Kim, Mariko Chang, Regine O. Jackson, Darrick Hamilton, and William A. Darity

The widening wealth gap in the United States is a worrisome sign that millions of families nationwide do not have enough in assets to offer better opportunities for future generations. Wealth allows families to make investments in homes, in education, and in business creation. Our analysis shows that with respect to types and size of assets and debt held, the data collected on white households and nonwhite households exhibit large differences. The result is that the net worth of whites as compared with nonwhites is staggeringly divergent.

Reports on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as a Business Imperative

Business Case for Racial Equity: A Strategy for Growth

Report by W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) and Altarum, April 2018. The United States economy could be $8 trillion larger by 2050 if the country eliminated racial disparities in health, education, incarceration and employment.

Awake to Woke to Work: Building a Race Equity Cultur

Report by Equity in the Center and ProInspire. The goal of this publication was to identify the personal beliefs and behaviors, cultural characteristics, operational tactics, and administrative practices that accelerate measurable progress as organizations move through distinct phases toward race equity.



Reducing Racial Wealth Inequalities in Greater Boston: Building a Shared Agenda

Through a six-month process of deep learning convened by the Boston Fed and facilitated by external consultant Cynthia Silva Parker, senior associate at the Interaction Institute for Social Change, the working group studied the root causes of racial wealth inequalities, suggested and prioritized possible solutions, and created a shared agenda that is summarized in this document.

Racial Equity: Getting to Results

The Government Alliance on Race and Equity announces a new tool, Racial Equity: Getting to Results, developed to assist jurisdictions use a racial equity lens to identify a set of metrics and implement a community process to have greater impact in their work. Racial Equity: Getting to Results connects a racial equity lens to the Results-Based Accountability (RBA) methodology to help empower jurisdictions to make good decisions and advance racial equity. An anti-racist, racial equity-focused RBA starts with the desired end results and works backwards towards the “how” to ensure that Racial Equity Action Plans move toward community results with stakeholder-driven implementation.

Partner organizations for DEI resources and training

YW Boston - Stand Against Racism

Every year, the Stand campaign brings people together from all walks of life to raise awareness and empower action toward eliminating racism.

Closing the Women's Wealth Gap

A national forum where advocates, organizers, researchers, practitioners, and funders are coming together to close the gap by building wealth for low-income women and women of color.

Prosperity Now - Racial Wealth Divide Initiative

Prosperity Now leverages its connections, partners, and our core competencies to aggressively address racial economic inequality.

FRB of Boston Working Group

A cross-sector working group of regional leaders to identify shared priorities and build a shared agenda to reduce racial wealth inequalities in Boston and in Massachusetts.