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.

Critical multiculturalism

Critical multiculturalism seeks to acknowledge, question, and ultimately disrupt inequitable power structures that are embedded across society. It confronts race, class, gender, and other normative biases in order to improve educational, economic, and social outcomes for everyone, not just the dominant group.

Video

Why Cultural Competence?

Understand why better cultural competency is helping educators close the achievement gap.

National Education Association (NEA)
Tools & Resources

Critical Multicultural Pavilion

A resource hub for all things related to multiculturalism, the Pavilion includes case studies, curriculums, workshops and trainings, and so much more.

EdChange
Publication

Learning to Negotiate Reality: A Strategy for Teaching Intercultural Competencies

Explore the negotiation reality approach as a key intercultural competency. Materials for teaching this approach are included in this publication.

Journal of Management Education
Framework

Cultural Competence in Leadership

Realize the benefits of cultural competency for leaders.

Textures Consulting
Guide

Culturally Responsive Teaching

These seven characteristics for communicating and receiving information show the importance of culturally responsive teaching.

Brown University
Curriculum

Inclusion and Leadership Workshop

Review this detailed example of an Inclusion and Leadership Workshop from the Center for Progressive Leadership.

Center for Progressive Leadership (CPL)
Curriculum

Swarthmore Tri-Co Summer Institution

This program, designed for participants to gain knowledge and skills needed to thrive in the curricular and co-curricular areas of campus life, explores how to become an effective ally for justice.

Tri-College Summer Multicultural Institution
Toolkit

Community Builders Toolkit

This toolkit can help create healthy and productive interracial and multicultural communities.

Racial Equity Tools
Toolkit

Culture Building Resources

Maximize your efforts in building a culture that leads to impactful work through people, practices, policies and programs.

Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE)
Framework

Working with Diverse Groups

Work more effectively with diverse groups by better understanding differences on cultural values, nonverbal communication, and other perspectives.

Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee
Case Study

Multicultural Organization Development in Nonprofit Organizations: Lessons from the Cultural Competence Learning Initiative

Explore lessons learned and practical examples from nonprofit organizations which addressed different areas of cultural competence.

CompassPoint Nonprofit Services
Article

Multicultural Education

Better understand the Multicultural Education approach to teaching and learning, as well as its values and disadvantages.

EdChange
Toolkit

Multicultural Organizational Development: Exploring Best Practices to Create Socially Just, Inclusive Campus Communities

Create socially just and inclusive communities.

Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U)
Framework

Developing Multicultural Organizations: A Change Model

Better understand the MCOD Model, the process of change that supports organizational transformation to becoming more inclusive, diverse, and equitable.

Chaos Management, Ltd.
Article

Multicultural Organizational Development: The Five Questions You Must Address Before Attempting to Initiate Diversity, Inclusion, and Multicultural Work

Contextualize starting, maintaining, or breathing new life into work around diversity, inclusion, and culture within organizations.

Inspirus Consulting

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