IDEAS TO ACTION FIELD GUIDE

HOW TO USE THIS GUIDE

This field guide presents seven pathways designed to help teams on their journeys of learning and transformation.

Each pathway is goal-oriented, packed with tools to help you and your team. To dive in, select the pathway that matches your goal and choose a concept. You can also use the search bar or reach out to us at research@upwithcommunity.org.

Addressing Root Causes

Purpose and Action

How the World Works

Improving Team Health

Testing Ideas

Preparing for Change

UWC Resources

Overview

A problem is a sign of what is blocking our impact or progress—it is the symptom. An issue is the underlying cause of one or more problems that we can directly address. We must take time to fully understand our problems and issues, and the root causes of both in order to choose the most strategic focus for our learning.

Overview

Teams often begin change projects before they have clarified language, aligned their intent, and determined how a change project will connect to their larger strategic goals. Spending more time clarifying frameworks, developing personal and professional commitment to change, as well as better understanding the outcomes of the project will set a stronger foundation for success.

Overview

Major strategic initiatives need the solid foundation of a healthy organization to flourish. This includes effective internal communications, focused decision-making, useful performance evaluation, life-giving management, and conflict resolution.

Overview

Breaking the status quo and opening up new possibilities for equity and freedom in our work requires innovative experiments. Teams must ensure that all members have the ability to act on the vision and goals they are co-creating.

Overview

Our minds cannot move toward racial justice, equity or transformation if our bodies are not prepared for change. This pathway offers those preparations that we have found most beneficial to adult learning.

What is social identity?

Here we explore the identifications that determine our governmental, economic and social outcomes.

PowerPoint

Defining Social Identity

Understand and explore social identity and the cycle of socialization.

Leadership for Educational Equity
Worksheet

Dominant/Non-Dominant Worksheet

This worksheet can be used in activities identifying dominant and non-dominant identities.

Interaction Institute for Social Change
Article

Aspiring Social Justice Ally Identity Development: A Conceptual Model

If you are an ally of social justice, or aspire to be one, this model may help your growth and development as such.

NASPA Journal
Training

Social Difference (Social Identity)

This training includes a presentation on social identity and an identity map to be used as an accompanying resource.

Educators for Excellence
Notes

Social Difference vs. Social Identity

View these brief notes to better understand Iris Marion Young’s view on the discrepancy between social difference and social identity.

Various sources
Activity

Identity Signs

Engage your team with this activity by focusing on different social identities and how they intersect, interact, and affect our daily lives.

The Safe Zone Project
Toolkit

The MSW@USC Diversity Toolkit: A Guide to Discussing Identity, Power and Privilege

Better understand the historical context of identity politics and the dynamics of power and privilege, and help build greater self-awareness. 

Jeremy Goldbach
Activity

Social Identity Wheel

Identify and reflect on the various ways one identifies socially, how those identities become visible, and how they impact the way others perceive or treat her.

University of Michigan
Book

Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice

For twenty years, Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice has been the definitive sourcebook of theoretical foundations, pedagogical and design frameworks, and curricular models for social justice teaching practice.

Maurianne Adams
Book

Readings for Diversity & Social Justice 3rd Edition

Readings for Diversity and Social Justice is the market leading anthology to cover the full scope of social oppression from a social justice standpoint. With full sections dedicated to racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism, and ableism, as well as transgenderism, ethno-religious oppression, and adult and ageism this bestselling text goes far beyond the range of traditional readers.

Maurianne Adams, Warren Blumenfeld, Carmelita Castaneda

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Giving thanks: We share these resources in gratitude to all of our teachers and with appreciation for the value they have brought us. The field guide is a living resource that we are consistently adding to. We receive no payment or kickbacks for sharing. Access and use of these resources should be done at one’s own discretion. If you see a resource you like, we encourage you to reach out to the author.

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