Systems Thinking and RaceOverviewTTA

Systems Thinking and Race (STAR) is a series of materials about structural inequality.  The materials are designed to provide you with new ways to think about how race works in American society, new strategies for talking more effectively about the issues that have racialized outcomes, and new ways to make change.   Within each section, written and visual materials, case studies, exercises and worksheets support understanding concepts and applying them to your specific context.

You can download all of the content presented in Think, Talk and Act here: PLF STAR.

The original Systems Thinking and Race Workshop Summary, upon which these materials are based, was developed with Professor john a. powell of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at the University of California at Berkeley for The California Endowment (see Collaborations section for a link to the original materials).

Contributing authors, john a. powell, Connie Cagampang Heller and Fayza Bundalli,  would like to acknowledge the following people for sharing materials and insights: DeAngelo Bester, Shakti Butler, Wyatt Closs, Kimberlé Crenshaw, Richard Healey, Terry Keleher, Alexis McGill Johnson, Steven Menendian, Zachery Norris, Dianne Yamashiro Omi, Jill Shenker, Doran Schranz, Linda Turet, Lori Villarosa and Maya Wiley.

©2011 john a. powell and Connie Cagampang Heller All rights reserved.

Users interested in reproducing the Systems Thinking and Race materials for educational, research, or practice purposes may obtain a royalty free license to do so. For permission, contact Connie Cagampang Heller at