Are you an elected leader working on equity in the American South? These EPU resources can offer you support, knowledge, and opportunities to increase your capacity and impact.

Resources for Elected Leaders

EPU Policy Tool Kits: The policy tool kit shares recent examples of successful policy changes enacted throughout the South. We’ve gone behind the scenes to: 

  • Outline the required steps
  • Identify the best practices used
  • Capture the lessons learned
  • Share the equity lens applied

These toolkits will offer you tactical inspiration for how you could get started on your policy change in your state or district.

Monthly Legislative Update: Here are high-level overviews of legislative achievements and ongoing challenges faced by Southern states across healthcare, education, the criminal legal system, economic equity, democracy and voting, environment and climate, infrastructure, and housing.

Policy Advisors: Would you like tailored 1:1 support? EPU offers Senior Policy Advisors who can support elected leaders. This includes providing research, analysis, technical assistance, policy development, and other resources that encourage actionable steps to accelerate positive change.

Reports: We offer original, commissioned research that explores how residents of the American South experience issues of race and class in their communities. Specific reports include:

  • Creating More Inclusive Public Spaces: The study provides important insights into how Americans view Confederate monuments, their attitudes toward creating inclusive public spaces, and their beliefs about the role of race and racism in America. Data from the report indicates that while few Americans want to leave Confederate monuments as they are, the divisions over solutions persist by party, race, and religion.
  • Divided by Design: This report shares data gathered from an 1800-person survey of people across the South. It focuses on learning about what separates us and what can bring us together as we seek bold, effective solutions to tackle the modern legacy of Jim Crow and birth an inclusive new South.
  • Two Histories, One Future: The Legacy of Confederate Memorials and the Promise of Public Spaces: This report explores data gathered from a series of twenty-six focus groups across thirteen southern states. The conversations reveal how residents think about public spaces in their communities and about the legacy and future of Confederate monuments. 

Survey of the South: This annual public opinion research will help you track attitudes on race, class, and equity, as well as pertinent national issues and policies.

  • 2022 Survey of the South: This survey reveals a growing openness by Southerners on issues such as reparations for African Americans and accurate education on slavery and racism in schools.
  • 2021 Survey of the South: This survey finds significant divides by race on a range of issues and perspectives. This includes attitudes on Critical Race Theory, COVID-19, the causes of poverty, whether systemic racism exists, voting rights, police reform, and more.
  • 2020 Survey of the South: This survey finds significant divides by race on a range of issues and perspectives. This includes attitudes on COVID-19 vaccine usage, how to address the pandemic, causes of poverty, equality of opportunity, access to healthcare, whether systemic racism exists, and race relations.
  • 2019 Survey of the South: This survey finds clear racial divides around perceptions of the economy and personal financial situations. It also reveals fundamentally different views on the causes of socioeconomic discrepancies in America.

The Unum Academy: The Unum Academy is a leadership accelerator program. It supports the growth and development of young people who have a desire to change their communities through educational workshops, mentorship, and entry-level professional experience. The goal is to cultivate youth leaders that can confidently advance equity on their campuses and in their communities.

UNUM Fellows: UNUM Fellows offer eleaders the opportunity to gain or expand upon their understanding of how to address racial and economic equity within communities. Each UNUM Fellow will learn from nationally recognized experts, consult with peers across the South, and design and implement an equity-based project that will create sustainable, meaningful change.