Shelter Ethnic Minorities

This page will feature links, information, and resources for activism in the service of helping ethnic minorities, including resources for people like me who were born into relative privilege and who want to get involved in addressing issues like racial equality, but may not know how to start.

DreamCorps could probably be listed under all of the “shelter” tabs, but their work is particularly relevant to people of color. 

Here’s a page from the Allies for Racial Equity which provides lots of links to resources around multicultural education and activism.

The NAACP works to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.

Here’s the website for Black Lives Matter.

Here’s the Diversity Best Practices list of 20 Native American organizations to know.

The election has brought up a lot of racism-related stress, particularly for people of color.  Here are a couple of wonderful articles on this topic:

How Understanding Racism and Its Related Stress Can Help People of Color Cope with Negative Effects

Strategies to Counter the Stress of Racist Experiences


If you’re white, it can be hard to know how to best be an ally to people of color.  It’s easy for privileged allies to feel awkward, or to inadvertently use one’s privileged position (which often allows one’s voice to be heard) to overshadow the voices of people of color – when you’re used to being listened to, it’s easy to take things over and make it about you.  Instead, those of us with more privilege want to learn to use that privilege to support and elevate the voices of those with less privilege.  Here are some good articles that provide guidance on how to translate those good intentions into action that is actually helpful:

First, here’s a brilliant comic that clarifies the meaning of privilege in a way that we can all understand.

Here’s an article from Alternet on how whites can be anti-racist allies.

And a really good one from Mashable.

And a great article from the Angry Black Woman site on the dos and don’ts of being a good ally.