INTRODUCTION

What are diversity, access and belonging?

The terms 'diversity', 'access' and 'belonging' seem to be all around us, but what do they really mean and why are they important?

While many people think of diversity as only being about race, gender, age, religion, ethnicity and sexual orientation, it also includes people with different personalities, cultures, educational backgrounds and physical abilities.

When children are exposed to diversity, they are introduced to new cultures and ways of thinking and doing, which helps them to consider different ways to approach challenges. In 4-H, we have seen how the presence of diversity and access encourage young people to collaborate, share ideas, take risks, understand unique perspectives and practice flexibility. As they work through the challenges they face when they meet people from different backgrounds, children also learn to interact with others more mindfully.

As youth become more familiar with other children from diverse backgrounds, they become more comfortable with themselves. Additionally, exposing young people to diversity may help them to become more effective and inclusive leaders as they embrace new ideas and ways of thinking and doing. In fact, a positive relationship has been found between self-confidence and academic performance.

Ultimately, every child should feel that they belong, which is why our goal is to ensure that every 4-H’er feels they are heard, respected and valued. In this way, we are empowering our children to grow the skills they need to lead in life and career.

What is the 4-H Equity Toolkit?

Many of you have expressed an interest in learning and doing more around diversity, access and belonging, which is why we’ve created an Equity Toolkit to provide you with guidance and resources on these important topics. In particular, these tools will provide you with an opportunity to foster greater discussion, learning and competencies around culture, access and equity.

The Toolkit is divided into three sections: Curated Resources, Create Access and Celebrate Belonging.

Curated Resources

This select list of resources contains information on equity and its various definitions, including the many different ways privilege, identity, oppression and inclusion impact our society. This curated set of resources will be helpful for those who wish to gain a baseline understanding of equity issues in our work and includes documentation on areas such as equitable access to nature, First Nations, disability-inclusive youth programs, factors that affect inclusion practices, and a racial equity toolkit.

Create Access

This list of resources, curricula and activities will help educators teach equity and make it a practice in their communities. The resources provided will help guide your personal experience, while the curricula and activities will help you teach the principles of equity to young people. Some of these assets include student activities to promote diversity, inclusion and empathy; creating an inclusive classroom; how to coach kids; and a trauma toolkit.

Celebrate Belonging

Celebrating the equity and diversity work that is already taking place in 4-H and America’s Extension System is critical. In this section you will find media resources that have been developed by National 4-H Council that you can use across various channels to showcase and celebrate the diversity of 4-H. These include Public Service Announcements, advertisements and videos.



CURATED RESOURCES: Learn

In this section you will find resources that will help you define equity and learn about the many different ways privilege, identity, oppression, and inclusion impact our society. Some of these resources provide tips and stories on how to learn about privilege, identity, and inclusion. Others offer their own bibliographies and curated lists of resources to explore further. This is not an exhaustive list, but rather a curated set of resources that will be the most helpful in gaining a baseline understanding of equity issues in our work.

Annotated Bibliography on Structural Racism Present in the U.S. Food System
From Michigan State University, a list of materials that discuss the intentional or consequential impact of structural racism within the U.S. local food movement
Disability-Inclusive Youth Programs
Strategies, tools, and tips by Mobility International USA about how to create inclusive programs for youth with disabilities.
Diversish Top 100
A satirical campaign by The Valuable 500 that depicts the pitfalls many companies experience when attempting to incorporate diversity and inclusion policies.
Equity Meets Design
Online courses that use the principles of design thinking to teach individuals and organizations how to mitigate the impact of racism and inequity.
Factors that Influence Inclusion Practices
Research from the American Camp Association into practices instructors can use to promote inclusion at camps.
First Nations Knowledge Center
Research and resources on working with Native American youth
Going to Office Hours is Terrifying’ and Other Tales of Rural Students in College
NPR story about the struggles rural students face at college and how some universities are developing programs to better support them.
Literature Review: Equitable Access to Nature’s Benefits
The latest academic research on children's equitable access to nature.
National Equity Atlas
The right datasets can drive policy change - the Atlas provides data on demographic change, racial inclusion, and economic benefits of equity.
Navigating Difference: Development and Implementation of a Successful Cultural Competency Training
A set of cultural competencies and training curriculum developed for extension professionals by Washington State University Extension
Racial and Social Equity Assessment Tool
A resource by National Farm to School Network to help assess the implications of programming and policy advocacy on advancing racial and social equity.
Racial/Social Justice & Equity Trainings
Find an organization that conducts trainings on social justice and equity
The Equity Lab
The Equity Lab seeks to disrupt racial and ethnic inequity by engaging organizations on issues of race, equity, diversity, and inclusion.
USDA Fact Sheets
Definitions and tips on working with disabled, disconnected, immigrant, and/or incarcerated youth.

Other Toolkits
Civil Dialogue Around Race Relations
40 resources to help Cooperative Extension respond to emerging issues and encourage capacity building in promoting civil discourse.
Diversity & Inclusion Resources for Classrooms
A list of resources that highlight diversity, promote equity, and cultivate students' perspective-taking with the goal of putting students on the path to social change and activism.
Diversity Toolkit: A Guide to Discussing Identity, Power and Privilege
A toolkit by the University of Southern California that includes activities and icebreakers to guide students in discussions of identity, power, and privilege.
Learning About Equity: A Resource List
From the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Community Food Systems Program, this robust list of resources support the 21 Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge.
Nutrition Education for Native Communities
Toolkit on accessing and preparing healthy foods with a focus on Native American communities
Racial Equity Toolkit
The Coalition for Racial Justice Racial Equity Toolkit provides easily accessible resources that engage in intentional action to turn the tide on racial disparaties.
Sample Activities & Templates for Exploring Privilege, Power and Oppression
Resources by the University of Michigan for addressing issues of power, privilege, and oppression through icebreakers, activities, reflection, and awareness activities.



CREATE ACCESS: Do & Teach

In this section you will find resources and activities that will help you create more equity in your community. Some of these resources will help guide your personal experience, while the curriculum and activities will help you teach principles of equity. This is not an exhaustive list, but rather a curated set of resources that will help you facilitate activities with youth with the goal of teaching important principles of equity.

21 Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge
A 21-day challenge designed to create dedicated time and space to build more effective social justice habits.
Coming Together for Racial Understanding
Resources to strengthen the capacity of the southern region's 30 land-grant institutions to address critical contemporary rural development issues.
Competencies Framework for Civil Dialogue Around Race Relations
A set of competencies that help promote civil dialogue on race relations
Cooperative Extension: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Resources, discussion, and expert interactions to aide in change management for diversity, inclusion, and equity.
Creating an Inclusive Classroom
Edutopia's nine tips for how to create safety and inclusion in multicultural school settings.
FirstBook Trauma Toolkit
Tools to support the learning and development of students experiencing childhood and adolescent trauma.
Girls Leading: From Rural Economies to Global Solutions
The potential of rural girls to transform societies has not yet been adequately prioritized. Call to actions are broken down by age from birth to age 18.
Increasing Cultural Awareness and Equity in Extension Programs
Online training course developed by National 4-H Council to help Extension educators increase understanding of cultural competencies and equitable practices while exploring dimensions of culture.
Liberatory Design Thinking
Apply principles of design thinking to design creative approaches that address oppression and equity.
Mapping Social Identity – Timeline Activity
An exercise by the University of Michigan to help students create a visual map of their identity and how it might have changed throughout the timeline of their lives.
Nike App: How to Coach Kids
Downloadable smartphone app with resources on how to coach kids with intellectual and physical disabilities.
Pathways to Policy
A step-by-step playbook that informs youth advocacy work on a variety of topics, from defining strategies that will help meet a goal to seeking support from family and friends.
Privilege Walk
A video explaining privilege to youth through a guided activity called The Privilege Walk
Racial Equity in Food Systems Webinar
Introduction to racial equity training and tools and resources that can support your work
Racial Equity in Food Systems Working Group
Include racial equity in your work and make connections with others across Cooperative Extension who are doing this work
Recess Lab
Using play to teach kids how to make friends, resolve conflicts, and become leaders
Social Identity Worksheet
An exercise by the University of British Columbia to help students map out different domains of their social identity to reflect on intersectionality and privilege.
Stronger Econonomies Together
Curriculum and community resources that enables communities in rural America to work together in developing and implementing an economic development blueprint.
Student Activities to Promote Diversity, Inclusion and Empathy
Sample activities that help youth recognize that everyone has different strengths and weaknesses.
The $100 Race
A video explaining privilege to youth through a guided activity called The $100 Race
The Equity Lab
The Equity Lab seeks to disrupt racial and ethnic inequity by engaging organizations on issues of race, equity, diversity, and inclusion.
The Spectrum Activity, Questions About Identity
An exercise by the University of Michigan that will help students understand intersectionality and how identities are more less felt in different social contexts.
When Rivers Were Trails
Educational video game that tells the story of the displaced Anishinaabeg.



CELEBRATE BELONGING: 4-H Resources

In this section you will find media resources developed by National 4-H Council that you can use in your channels to showcase and celebrate the diversity of 4-H.

2017 Youth In Action (Civic Engagement)
2017 Youth In Action winner (Civic Engagement), Amelia Day, created Operation: Veteran Smiles to support our nation's veterans with care packages and notes of encouragement.
2017 Youth In Action (STEM)
2017 Youth In Action winner (STEM), Ava Lonneman, founded a STEM mentoring program at her school's 4-H Maker's Club and has reached more than 1,600 youth.
2018 4-H Youth In Action (Healthy Living)
2018 Youth In Action winner (Healthy Living), Sophia Rodriguez, developed "Tie Dye for Troops" to support military youth and help them understand the importance of positive mental health.
2018 Youth In Action (Agriculture)
2018 Youth In Action winner (Agriculture), Serena Woodard, started an agriculture club called "Woodard's Workshops" to reach more than 36 countries and train more than 40,000 youth on why agriculture is important.
2019 Youth In Action (Agriculture)
2019 Youth In Action winner (Agriculture), Addy Battel, uses the leadership skills she gained through 4-H to teach youth with special needs to care for farm animals and fight hunger in her hometown.
2019 Youth In Action (Civic Engagement)
2019 Youth In Action winner (Civic Engagement), Mason McClintock, created Alma Entrepreneur Tour in his community to connect youth with local business leaders and entrepreneurs.
2019 Youth In Action (STEM)
2019 Youth In Action winner (STEM), Clyde Van Dyke, found access to tech and STEM education in 4-H and used the skills he gained to map the drug overdose crisis in the United States.
4-H Equity Video 1
"What is Equity In One Word" video filmed during the 2019 4-H True Leaders in Equity Institute
4-H Equity Video 2
"Equity Across 4-H" video filmed during the 2019 4-H True Leaders in Equity Institute. 4-H youth talk about the types of equity work they are doing in their communities.
4-H Equity Video 3
4-H for All Poster (English)
A poster that 4-H professionals can print and use to celebrate equity.
4-H for All Poster (Spanish)
A poster that 4-H professionals can print and use to celebrate equity.
4-H Inspire Kids to Do (Activity Guide)
An activity guide with 60 inspirational activities that will help kids grow into a True Leader.
4-H Inspire Kids to Do (Video)
A video creating excitement around the Inspire Kids to Do campaign
4-H Photos
A collection of images that showcase the diversity of 4-H
4-H Tech Changemakers
Microsoft and 4-H are equpping youth with digital literacy skills through 4-H Tech Changemakers. A group of 4-H Tech Changemakers in Maine are using those skills to fight food insecurity in their community.
4-H You’re Going to Need Us
A collection of video PSAs from the 4-H Need Us campaign
Camp: Camp Case Statement (Editable, English)
Camp: Camp Case Statement (Editable, Spanish)
Camp: Camp Case Statement (Uneditable, English)
Camp: Camp Case Statement (Uneditable, Spanish)
Camp: Why Camp? A Resource for Parents
A short parent-friendly explanation of 4-H camp's benefit to children
Camp: Why Camp? A Resource for Parents (Spanish)
A short parent-friendly explanation of 4-H camp's benefit to children
Extension Out Loud Podcast S3E5
Episode of the Extension Out Loud podcast titled "4-H Summer Camps: What's new, tried & true" the discusses all that 4-H summer camps in New York have to offer as well as how camps have evolved to become more inclusive to all children.
Kidspiration – 4-H Camps Video
A video 4-H professionals can use to promote their camps.
Kidspiration – 4-H Camps Video (Spanish)
A video 4-H professionals can use to promote their camps. (Spanish)
Love, Mom PSA
Love, Mom PSA (Spanish)
Retractable Banner
A retractable banner celebrating equity in 4-H that educators can print through any local or online print shop.