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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 shooting of Jacob Blake, and 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.

It is in this spirit that we offer our resources.  We’ve categorized our resources for community leaders who might identify themsleves in one of the following categories.

For a taste of the project’s work, please take a look at our short video clip series at the bottom of the page.

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Video Series

The following video clips were developed to pair with concepts identified in DCP’s Key Considerations and Planning in Advance of Community Unrest.  Thanks to Thomas Battles, Susan Carpenter, Michael Lewis, Becky Monroe, Linda Seely, and Andrew Thomas for their work on this project and research assistants Salvia Jannat, Jason Ketchum, Julia Sivertson, and Kassie Stewart.

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.