Anti-Racism Tools

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Standing in Solidarity

Racial injustices and violence impact us all. Understanding what racism is and how to participate in anti-racism is the first step in speaking out against and ultimately eliminating racism.

We want you to know that CAPS is here to support you. CAPS services are for every University of Arizona student, including students of all races, genders, sexual orientations, political affiliation, ages, religions, abilities, and sizes. We welcome you.

*This is an evolving page. We're listening, learning, and sharing what we find with you.

What Does It Mean to Be Anti-Racist?

  • Anti-Racism has its roots in the Civil Rights Movement.
  • Racism can be overt or subtle.
  • Systemic racism refers to a society that has been designed in a way that reinforces and perpetuates discrimination against certain races.
  • The opposite of racist is not "not racist" but anti-racist.

Terms to Know:


Racism is the marginalization and/or oppression of a group of people based on race based on a socially constructed racial hierarchy reinforced by systems of power.


Anti-racism is the process of identifying, opposing, and dismantling systems of racism. Anti-racism is active, meaning taking an active state of mind and conscious actions with the goal of providing equal opportunities for all people at an individual and systemic level.

Social Justice

Social justice refers to fair treatment, equal opportunities for success, and equal access to wealth, resources, and liberties for all people in a society. 

Dismantling Racism One Piece at a Time

Bystander Intervention

When you witness someone being harassed, you are a bystander. Learn effective ways to safely step in and help.

Racism & Harassment in the Classroom

The University of Arizona is committed to fostering a learning, working, and living environment free from all forms of discrimination.


Cyber-racism can include words and images and may be communicated via websites, blogs and social networking sites, videos or email.

Everyday Racism

Everyday racism refers to negative stereotypes or prejudices about people on the basis of race, color, or ethnicity including jokes, off-handed comments, and exclusion of people from social situations on the basis of race. This can be uncomfortable to navigate. Here are some tips:

Join or Organize an Event

When you want to make a difference, it can be hard to know where to start. There are a lot of ways to raise awareness and take a stand against racism. You can join or organize a chalk walk, protest or march, panel discussion, or a film screening.

Keep Doing the Work

Making conscious choices like supporting charitable causes that benefit communities of color or other underrepresented groups, buying from minority-owned businesses, signing petitions, and making phone calls can all help put an end to racism. 

And no matter what, be willing to listen & learn.

Healing Resources & Support

The UArizona community is here to support all students. View these student services and resources to get the support you need right now.