Understanding problems

This folder contains resources related to understanding problems, issues, and root causes.


Comparing Problem and Issue

Familiarize yourself with the difference between “problem” and “issue.”

Leadership for Educational Equity

How to Identify Structural Problems

Learn to identify structural problems at the root cause.

Center for Social Inclusion
Tools & Resources

Framing an Issue for Discussion

Articulate the issue, provide the relevant context and background information, and have a game plan for helping people think together about issues that matter.

Laura Peck

The Ground Water Approach

Explore the structural and cultural roots of racial identity and the nature of racism as it currently exists in the United States.

Racial Equity Institute


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