Onramps

Each tool on this site is what Mica calls an onramp — a structured invitation to enter collective antiracist equity efforts. If the collective effort is a highway full of travelers going in a shared direction, an “onramp” proactively offers language, concepts, or action steps that prompt people to enter work where they are.

A *text* can be an onramp (eg., Schooltalk is designed to be one onramp, Everyday Antiracism another; each chapter is an onramp of its own). A *frame* or term can be an onramp (Mica has used “everyday antiracism,” “equity,” and “anti-hate” to invite people into the work). Each “onramp” has pros/cons, in given situations. Onramps need to be designed for use in specific places.

And then, talk tools help us sustain antiracist equity effort with each other once on the highway.

No single text does it all: we need a toolkit. Here’s an amazing reading/video list from my campus’ “21-day Antiracism Challenge.” Here’s another pretty amazing list; here’s another.

But we need to apply any text as an onramp to ongoing work to improve our schools. One effort is the Antiracist Equity Action Planner — check it out.

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