NCBI Publication Library: Telling the 30 Year NCBI Story

This page contains an annotated listing of articles, research studies, handbooks, and reports about the work of NCBI from 1988 to present. Full text of articles are available by clicking on the links provided. Manuals and handbooks may be purchased from the NCBI national office. Email for orders. We welcome NCBI campus affiliates and chapters to submit articles/research studies/etc. to the committee for inclusion in the library.

All annotations completed by:
Lori M. Ideta, Ed.D. Assistant Vice Chancellor & Dean of Students University of Hawai`i at Manoa
Kent Spiers, BA Researcher - Institute of Social and Economic Research University of Alaska Anchorage
Idella Glenn, Ph.D. Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion Furman University

A Qualitative Study of the Interplay Between Privilege and Oppression

2002 J. J. Croteau, D. M. Talbot, T.S. Lance, & N.J. Evans, Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development
In this qualitative study, the authors explored how an individual’s privileged social or cultural group statuses (e.g., being White, male or heterosexual) may work in combination with an individual’s oppressed group statuses (e.g., being African American, a woman, or lesbian/gay/bisexual) in shaping the individual’s multicultural experiences.

Anti-Racism, Healing and Community Activism

1996 C.R. Brown & G.J. Mazza, The Humanistic Psychologist
In this piece, an overview of NCBI models of anti-oppression work is presented with a focus on two principles: 1) care must be given to individuals to heal past wounds that prevent them from taking effective grassroots leaership; and 2) grassroots political activism, rooted in a spirit of community-based cooperation and team work, brings about systemic institutional change.

Antioch Unified School District Interviews

This is a transcript of a focus group interview with teachers and administrators in the Antioch Unified School District who participated in an NCBI TTT . Conducted by the NCBI CEO and NCBI Consultant, the purpose of the focus group was to gather input on how effective NCBI has been in their schools.

Creating System Change to Reduce Disparities in Discipline

2013 Cherie Brown and Joyce Shabazz
In 2009 the Antioch School District was sued by the ACLU of Northern California for racial disparities in discipline. Leadership training by the National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) was built into the remedy in the final settlement agreement between the ACLU and Antioch School District. For the past five years NCBI has partnered with the School District to implement a system wide comprehensive initiative working with the school board, administrators, teachers, parents, staff and students to change school climate and thereby reducing racial disparities in discipline.

An Evaluation of NCBI Missoula’s Violence Prevention Program

2010  Mark Ferriter, Amy Hill, Kelly McGuire, and Jeanette Prodgers, The University of Montana

High school bullying and violence have become a well documented cultural reality for many of our youth. High schools across Montana and the country are looking at educational and intervention-based strategies to address this growing concern.  Four social work graduate students at the University Montana examined the efficacy of a violence prevention program at Big Sky High School in Missoula, Montana. This program follows a model designed by the Missoula chapter of the National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI Missoula). NCBI Missoula is an organization that provides training to reduce prejudice, prevent violence, and resolve conflict, while identifying and implementing strategies to strengthen communities and institutions.

Beyond Internalized Anti-semitism: Healing the Collective Scars of the Past

1995 C.R. Brown, Tikkun
In this article, the NCBI CEO discusses her work in forming alliances between Black and Jewish communities. The author asserts that Blacks and Jews can be won over to effective alliance building, not by denying the very real economic and psychological barriers between the groups, but by tackling these barriers directly.

Black - Jewish Alliance Building: Rosh Hashanah Talk

1994 C.R. Brown & A. Herring
This piece is a conversation between NCBI Director and Founder and an NCBI Senior Leader. They discuss their own personal journeys as well as the work they have done, individually and collectively, to develop healthy Jewish and Black alliances.

Building a Just community on a college campus

2002 V. Rader, J. Piland, and R. Pascarell, Contemporary Justice
In this article, three professors describe the goals, methods and results of an experimental course in empowering a diverse group of students to build a more just community amongst themselves. A 6-hour diversity workshop designed by NCBI and Arnold Mindell’s principles of deep democracy were used to transform the class, increase group awareness, and model more authentic, generous interactions. Faculty and students reported increased critical consciousness, empathy skills, empowerment, and a sense of community among students.

Creating an equitable future by wounds of Racism

2012 Mike Wegner, W. K. Kellogg Foundation
This Kellogg Foundation report seeks to 1) understand the approach to anti-racism activities that has sustained NCBI and 2) examine what can be learned from its approach that may be valuable to other organizations engaged in anti-racism activities. This is not intended to be a full-scale description of the work of NCBI, nor is it intended to be an assessment or evaluation of its work. The goal of this report is to learn what can be learned from NCBI’s experiences, the best practices that have evolved from these experiences and to share these lessons with other organizations that might benefit from them.

Denny’s changing its spots

1996 F. Rice, Forbes
This article focuses on how the Denny’s restaurant chain, once accused of being one of America’s most racist companies, has become a model of multicultural sensitivity. The article highlights the work that CEO Ron Petty has done to repair the company’s image; the impact on Flagstar, Denny’s parent, focusing on minority hiring, development and advancement; Flagstar CEO Jim Adamson and techniques used to sort out racist employees; and Denny’s training program.

Principles For Evaluating Comprehensive Community Initiatives

2001 D. M. Chavis (ASDC)
This piece is an evaluation report which outlines the effectiveness of NCBI and documents promising practices (see Promising Practices document). This project was made possible by an grant from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. The purpose of the grant was to develop and strengthen the capacity of the NCBI chapters.

Face to face: Black-Jewish campus dialogues (VIDEO)

1987 C.R. Brown, American Jewish Community
In this video, the NCBI One Day Welcome Diversity Prejudice Reduction Workshop is shown with a group of African American and Jewish Students at Brown University. Both African American and Jewish students shared personal stories of mistreatment that they had experienced and were able to draw connections from the misinform action that they had heard about their groups. Sharing personal stories and the misinformation each group had heard and experienced was a way to transform past oppression into pride. The students also learned the skills to interrupt prejudicial and racist remarks. Going through the NCBI One Day Welcome Diversity Prejudice Reduction Workshop gave the students a sense of empowerment to make a difference in their lives and others. Contact for this video

Four Principles toward a politics of meaning movement

1996 C.R. Brown, Tikkun
In this article, the author explores the four principals to move from a politics of materialism to a politics of meaning. 1. Break the addictive habit of seeking comfort. Ignoring what is going on around us in order to seek comforts greatly limits our vision and inhibits us from moving towards the politics of meaning. 2. Have a deliberate, systematic process for emotional healing. Create opportunities for us to grieve and let our pain be heard. 3. Reclaim courage. Identifying and combating the fears that are present in our lives will give us courage to reclaim pride. 4. End the mistreatment of leaders: Simply criticizing the work of our leaders is often a reflection of our own limitations. It is critical to end leadership oppression to move forward to a politics of meaning.

Healing Into Action: A Leadership Guide for Creating Communities (MANUAL)

1997 C.R. Brown & G. Mazza, NCBI
This manual is a culmination of the NCBI Founder, Cherie Brown, has learned during more than a decade of working with intergroup issues. The manual contains a collection of simple, common-sense principles that can be put into place. Contact for this publication.

Healing Pain and Building Bridges

1992 C.R. Brown, Woman of Power
This article is an interview with the director and founder of NCBI and the organization, Women of Power. The interview explores topics on coalition building, conflicts, misinformation about one’s own group, and ways to build trust and inclusion by combating oppression. It is vital to end the oppression of women in order to build alliances, heal pain, and create a more just and inclusive world.

Healing Prejudicial Attitudes in intergroup conflict: The NCBI controversial issues process

1996 C. R. Brown, NIDR Forum
In this article, the author examines the NCBI controversial issue process by providing context to the process and examples. Additionally, the article highlights the key stages in the process which are listening, sharing of personal stories, and using conflict resolution techniques. To move forward with policies that are inclusive it is essential to offer a systematic technique to deal with highly contentious issues.

The NCBI controversial issues process

1996 C.R. Brown, NIDR Forum
In this article, the author examines the NCBI controversial issue process by providing context to the process and examples. Additionally, the article highlights the key stages in the process which are listening, sharing of personal stories, and using conflict resolution techniques. To move forward with policies that are inclusive it is essential to offer a systematic technique to deal with highly contentious issues.

Leading Diverse Communities: A How to Guide for Healing into Action (MANUAL)

2005 C.R. Brown, G. Mazza, NCBI
This manual outlines each of the NCBI leadership principles, provides a theoretical explanation and an activity which brings the principle to life. Contact for this publication.

NCBI Helps Cities Face Resolve Hard Racial Realities

1992 C.R. Brown, Nations Cities Weekly
This article focuses on the tools that NCBI teams have in dealing with issues of violence and racism by discussing the importance of being an ally. Violent acts are attempts to show others what has been done to us in order to draw attention to our own pain. The first step in dismantling a person’s rage is to allow them to go back in time to the moment when they were mistreated and say whatever they wish they could have to the person who caused them the pain. The process of sharing personal stories not only allows the person who was mistreated the opportunity to talk about their pain but it also provides the people listening a greater understanding of that persons pain and creates ally-ship.

NCBI Prejudice Reduction Model: A Process for Building a Multicultural Campus Community

1989 E.A. Oliver & D. Slavin, CUPA Journal
This article discusses how the NCBI model can effect institutional change on college campuses and allow people of different and diverse backgrounds to work together. There are three theories and assumptions that the NCBI prejudice reduction model discusses.1. Everyone has experienced some kind of mistreatment through bigotry and discrimination. 2. Emotional stories of personal experiences of mistreatment are effectives to achieve attitudinal change. 3. Some programs designed to reduce bigotry often create an atmosphere of hostility, defensives, hopelessness, and resistance. Having an institutionalized NCBI team allows for an effective approach for dealing with prejudice and intergroup tensions on campuses.

NCBI Program Profile

This article provides an in-depth look and analysis of the NCBI One-Day Prejudice Reduction Workshop from a theoretical background. It looks at the psychological prospective of the different modules of the workshop by providing context analysis. Furthermore, the article disseminates the process, design, intended effects, strengths and challenges, and theory of practice and change.

New Century College and the National Coalition Building Institute Diversity Workshop in the Classroom

R. Walter
This article provides an example of the typical classroom at George Mason University. Looking at the institutional history of how the NCBI team came to form at George Mason allows for an example of how institutions can incorporate the NCBI model to combat oppression felt by marginalized groups. NCBI provides many tools that address issues of diversity, oppression, and multicultural competencies in the classroom. Using the principals and practices provides a framework and understanding of how institutional systems are inherently oppressive to these groups and therefore being able to look at changing the system.

Peer Training Strategies for Welcoming Diversity

1991 C.R. Brown & G.J. Mazza, New Directions for Student Services
This article reviews how to develop a campus affiliate team. Operational assumptions governing NCBI training programs are outlined. In addition, the series of exercises included in the model are detailed with the corresponding theory and methodology.

Police Brutality -The Prejudice Reduction Model

1992 E. Jackson, Law and Order
In this article the chief of police of the University of North Texas Police station discusses the appropriateness of the NCBI methodology for use in reducing prejudicial behavior and language of police. He asserts that the beauty of the model is its subtlety as well as the focus on helping individuals change attitudes by getting individuals to think about their behavior.

Principles into Practice: Strengthening Leadership for a Diverse Society

2003, NCBI
This manual is a marketing document which can be used as outreach/marketing tool for NCBI. The manual was developed for teams to expend the scope and depth of the work done in communities and on campuses.


2001, NCBI
This document outlines promising practices that were identified after seventeen years as an organization. Nine promising practices are identified and summarized into three categories: building constituencies, becoming allies and transforming institutions. Each promising practice is associated with stories from people who have used the NCBI principles to change their communities.

Righting the wrongs of racism

1989 D. C. Smith, Christian Science Monitor
This article is an interview with NCBI Founder Cherie Brown. Ms. Brown discusses the inspiration and experiences that led to the founding of NCBI. Key elements highlight the NCBI focus on compassion rather than guilt.

Sidwell Friends Diversity Day Keynote Address

1993 C. R. Brown, NCBI
In this piece NCBI Founder, Cherie Brown, delivers the Keynote address at “Diversity Day” at Sidwell School. Brown highlights the importance of including everyone when doing diversity work. She also shares the power of changing attitudes by sharing stories. Brown also reviews four conflict resolution skills: listening, reaching for the hurt underneath, reaching for higher ground and reaching for humanity within others.

Simple Steps to Enhance Police Interactions with Community

March 2017 Fabienne Brooks, Chief (retired), King County Sheriff’s Office and Co-Director/ Consultant Law Enforcement Programs, NCBI; IACP Associate Member.

In this blog article, the authors relates the lessons learned from a year-long project to improve police interaction with the community NCBI led in Mantua, a neighborhood in Philadelphia, PA in 2016.

The art of coalition building: A guide for community leaders

1984 C.R. Brown American Jewish Community This manual is an early resource which outlines some systematic guidelines to coalition building. The outcome is to assist practitioners with resolving conflicts and improving multiethnic and multicultural relations. Contact for this publication.

The Conquest of Hate,

1993 Itabari Njeri, Los Angeles Times  This article outlines the effectiveness of the NCBI model and methodology following several racially charged incidents in Los Angeles in the early 1990’s. The article highlights NCBI as an organization which distinguishes itself from other diversity training organization by emphasizing the belief that all forms of oppression are linked. The article outlines how the controversial issues process can be used to resolve issues when there is disagreement.

The dynamics of anti-Semitism

1991 C. R. Brown, Tikkun
Cherie Brown explains how the oppression of Jews works and why it still persists in the peace movement. Brown discusses in detail how the oppression of Jews is manifested and what Jews must do to combat the internalization of anti-Semitism.

The Role of Community Leader in Conciliation

1991 C. R. Brown The challenge of change in South Africa
In this speech, given at the University of Port Elizabeth in South Africa, NCBI Founder Cherie Brown shares principles which leaders need to build strong communities. Brown outlines the principles needed to become bridge builders - leaders who can articulate heartfelt concerns on both sides of an issue.

Plowing common ground: A student led program combats prejudice

1989 M. Cavanagh, Independent School Magazine
This article documents the success of NCBI’s school (K-12) program at St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School in Alexandria, VA. The author outlines key elements of the NCBI curriculum and include success quotes from students, faculty, and administrators.