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The Divided Community Project’s Virtual Toolkit is a resource that describes specific community engagement and conflict resolution strategies that local leaders can use to identify and address community division and its underlying causes.

While these practice guides were developed over the course of the last few years, we hope that they may be helpful to assist leaders engage with their fellow citizens in cities across the nation who are expressing outrage and heartache regarding racist attitudes shaping police practices that resulted in the killing of George Floyd, compounded by the killings of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and other unarmed African-Americans, and the news about disproportionately higher Covid-19 deaths among African-Americans.

We believe that the energy now intensifying in our communities across the nation presents an opportunity to strengthen local resilience to address divisions and constructively address calls for change.  We know each local community has the capacity to develop its own solutions to meet its unique needs and offer these tools for community leaders, campus leaders, faculty, community members, and attorneys or mediators to assist them in their important work.


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To develop this resource we partnerned with The Ohio State University Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity.  This toolkit was developed thanks to funding from Ohio State Energy Partners.