UnityWorks is pleased to offer an assortment of low-cost digital downloads designed to promote understanding of the oneness of humanity, the value of diversity and the need for unity. Some documents may be reprinted under our UnityWorks Site License.
To Parents and Teachers
2 page PDF download
Many young children already hold negative stereotypes of other racial and ethnic groups by the time they enter first grade.
Parents and teachers can help to reduce prejudice by talking about it directly with children. We can also encourage children to work side-by-side with those from other backgrounds. We can serve as role models. We can give them the tools and strategies needed to form healthy attitudes and relationships, and we can plan specific activities that foster cooperation and understanding.
Constructive Conversations on Race:
For high school and above
15 page PDF download
This easy-to-use handbook contains a sequence of structured activities and clear guidelines for starting and facilitating conversations about race with family, friends, neighbors, classmates, co-workers and community groups.
The materials are designed to promote understanding, so that participants feel free to express their views in a full and frank manner, but with courtesy, moderation and respect. Two of the activities include PowerPoints which are available separately from our online bookstore.
Conversations on Race for Kids:
Guidelines and Activities
32 page PDF download
This booklet is designed to assist parents and teachers when talking with children (ages 8-12) about race. It can help to create a safe space where they can share their experiences, questions and concerns; discuss positive ways to respond to prejudice; and promote unity.
The booklet is organized around four themes: Our Similarities and Differences, Skin Color, Personal Stories, and Overcoming Prejudice. The activities include discussion questions, poems, songs, and four colorful PowerPoints available separately from our online bookstore.
What People Are Saying
“Very impressive. I like the conversation starter kit’s simplicity – the steps are clear and easy to follow, and this will help people discuss a complex and emotional topic. The format allows for small group sharing, large group discussion, opportunities to learn what the science tells us about race, time to problem-solve and brainstorm steps for future action. Well done!”
Dr. Susan Walker
Middle School Teacher, Seattle, WA
“Your Conversation Starter document stimulated a great and lengthy discussion. It was terrific! One of the things that came out of it was a recognition that white people need to change their attitudes and behaviors. We’ve made significant strides over the past 50 years, but so much more needs to be done. Your document inspired a fantastic conversation on race. Thank you for making this available!”
Seniors CAN: Call for Action Now
Los Angeles, CA
“Your valuable work in this area is such an assistance to so many parents.”
Founder and Executive Director
Tahirih Justice Center, Falls Church, VA
“I am thrilled to see you putting out such an excellent message to the world. I definitely believe that things are getting better even though they still clearly have a long way to go. It will take time but will improve even faster with your tools.”
Real Estate Broker, CA
“Initiated by the Springfield Race Unity Committee and endorsed by the Springfield Ministerial Alliance and the Greater Springfield Interfaith Association, Constructive Conversations on Race is a proven program that has led to many healthy, non-accusatory discussions on race, and to a significant number of interracial and inter-congregational friendships that are continuing to blossom across the Springfield area. We were recently asked to train 250 law enforcement officers and 150 community members. We also had in attendance over 50 school officials from Springfield, and are now following up with organizing Conversation groups from those who expressed an interest. It is fitting that this movement is occurring in Springfield, home to both Abraham Lincoln, the Great Emancipator, and the notorious 1908 race riots that led to the formation of the NAACP. If he were alive today, Lincoln would no doubt praise the program’s mission, and encourage widespread participation.”
Delores Martin, Chair
Springfield Race Unity Committee