Resources to Support Justice and Diversity

Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen harmful displays of power, communities pulling together to enact change, and discussions that confront systemic racism in professional and personal levels. Many of us are finding ourselves wanting to help, but are not sure where to start. The first step you can take to enact change in your community begins with listening to and learning from the voices around you. Beyond this, there are a multitude of ways to show support to local and national organizations, or by analyzing internal behaviors and responses to be a good ally. To support these efforts, we’ve compiled a list of resources that point to areas of local, national, and market-specific organizations.

Donate & Support

These organizations support individuals, businesses, people of color on the LGBTQ spectrum, and educational incentives. National organizations often have local or state chapters to further refine how you can help.
Black Lives Matter
Black Visions Collective
Black United Fund of Oregon
The Bail Project
Campaign Zero
Color of Change
Equitable Giving Circle
Mercatus: PDX Black-Owned Business Directory
NAACP Legal Defense Fund
PDX Directory of Black-Owned Restaurants
Reclaim the Block
Transgender Gender-Variant & Intersex Justice Project
Unicorn Riot
Urban League of Portland

Architecture & Design Organizations

Creating inclusive space starts with the people who build it. This list includes organizations that support black designers, architects, and creative agencies that increase visibility for the importance of people of color in design.
African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund
Beyond the Built Environment
Black Artists + Designers Guild
Blacks Who Design
Black Interior Designers Network
Black Females in Architecture
Brandnu Design
Creative Action Lab
Creative Equals
Deem Journal
Design Diversity
Design Indaba
Designing Justice + Designing Spaces
Female Design Council
Hip Hop Architecture Camp
National Association of Black Women in Construction
National Organization of Minority Architects
Now What?! + ArchiteXX
Organization of Black Designers
People of Craft
Studio SUMO
The Designer’s Workshop

Literature Recommendations and Articles

This list contains resources for being a good ally, speaking to kids about social inequalities and racism, and others that extend discussion around white privilege.
Ally Resources
Anti-racism Resources
A guide to fair, safe, and effective community policing
List of books via Medium to assist in checking your white privilege
9 Children’s Books About Police Brutality

Learning about the history of racism and inequality will help us understand how our actions as an organization and individuals can work toward supporting Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in our industry and beyond.

Special thanks to Kate Kearney for her contributions to this list.

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