Are you working to make your community more equitable and inclusive? We’re on that same journey too. 

We believe that communities and the people who love them are the right ones to lead this change. That means us. As the saying goes, “we’re the ones we’ve been waiting for.” Why don’t you join us?

We don’t have all the answers. No one does. Still, we can learn from each other.

For the last several years at the State of Inclusion, we've been on a journey of research, discovery, and conversation. Through our podcast, we have heard how individuals across the country worked to make their communities more equitable, inclusive, and just. We have spoken with people working with and within their city governments, museums, and nonprofits. We have spoken with people who were working across their faith community. We have spoken with artists, librarians, filmmakers, and people who acknowledge the past and focus on remembrance and healing, as well as people who come to this work with a decidedly forward-looking orientation. There has been a lot of wisdom shared in those conversations.

There is no formula or recipe for building a more inclusive and equitable community. Every community is unique and different. Every community has its own set of resources, starting point, history, and ambition. Still, somewhere between the idea of a recipe or formula and random stories of inclusion and equity, we believe there is something for us to consider. 

We've identified six practices for building a more inclusive community. Not all of the communities we have spoken with are using all six of these practices, but we see some combination of these practices in nearly every community equity and inclusion initiative.

Six Practices Summary

Six practices summary - image, download for details

At the State of Inclusion, we have been and will continue walking this path alongside you. Along the way, we have much to learn from one another and much to learn about ourselves and our communities.

Listen as my colleague, Emma Winiski, and I discussed our early thinking on the six practices for building a more inclusive community.

Six Practice Intro Part 1

Six Practices Intro Part 2

The documents included here, as well as the podcast, are published by the State of Inclusion. If you have questions, feedback, or want additional information, please reach out to us at

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