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Diversity & Inclusion Reading List: Faculty and Staff Resources

A guide to readings and resources on the topics of ability, activism, ethnicity, race, higher education, gender, nationality, religion, sexuality, and class.

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Articulate While Black: Barack Obama, Language, and Race in the U.S.

H. Samy Alim and Geneva Smitherman provide new insights about President Obama and the relationship between language and race in contemporary society. Throughout, they analyze several racially loaded, cultural-linguistic controversies involving the President and his relationship to Hip Hop Culture. Using their analysis of Barack Obama as a point of departure, Alim and Smitherman reveal how major debates about language, race, and educational inequality erupt into moments of racial crisis in America.

Co-Whites: How and Why White Women 'Betrayed' the Struggle for Racial Equality in the United States

Co-Whites discusses race and gender politics and traces the role of women in Western and non-Western political systems. Aniagolu examines the dynamics of race and gender in the United States, starting from the colonial and antebellum periods, leading up to the American Civil War and Reconstruction, through the Civil Rights era of the 1960s, to the present day.

College of the Overwhelmed: the Campus Mental Health Crisis and What to Do About It

College of the Overwhelmed is a landmark book that explores the stressors that cause so many college students to suffer psychological problems. The book is filled with insights and stories about the current mental health crisis on our nation's campuses and offers a hands-on guide for helping students overcome stress and succeed in a college environment.

The Color of Wealth: the Story Behind the U.S. Racial Wealth Divide

For every dollar owned by the average white family in the United States, the average family of color has less than a dime. Wealth, not income alone, may be the most revealing index of inequality in America. The Color of Wealth lays bare the roots of the racial wealth divide and reveals the decisive role government has played in shaping our unequal society.

Creating Campus Cultures: Fostering Success Among Racially Diverse Student Populations

Provides insights into how campus cultures can and do shape the experiences and outcomes of their increasingly diverse college student populations. By cultivating values, beliefs, and assumptions that focus on including, validating, and creating equitable outcomes among diverse undergraduate students, an institution can increase their success.

Creating Inclusive Campus Environments for Cross-Cultural Learning and Student Engagement

Diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusion are values espoused by most colleges and universities; yet many educators, including those in student affairs, expect students to "magically" interact with peers from different cultural backgrounds on their own. With recent calls for accountability in higher education, it is more important than ever for educators to reconsider ways in which they prepare students for participation in a diverse democracy.

The Department Chair As Transformative Diversity Leader: Building Inclusive Learning Environments in Higher Education

Retooling the educational playing field -- The chair's vantage point on diversity -- Building a new taxonomy for diversity in the academic department -- The chair's leadership role in formal and informal organizational processes -- Bridge building : the chair's role in fostering diversity learning outcomes and student identity development -- Developing a departmental action plan for diversity -

Disability in Higher Education

Most books on disability in institutional settings approach the subject from a highly theoretical perspective, or they focus narrowly on legal issues. Drawing upon multiple theoretical frameworks, scholarly research and direct experience, the authors develop a unique, social-justice-based framework that takes into consideration the lived experiences of students, faculty, and staff with disabilities. They offer proven strategies for addressing ableism within a variety of settings, including classrooms, residence halls, admissions and orientation, student organizations, career development, and counseling

Diversity's Promise for Higher Education: Making It Work

Daryl G. Smith's career has been devoted to studying and fostering diversity in higher education. She has witnessed and encouraged the evolution of diversity from an issue addressed sporadically on college campuses to an imperative if institutions want to succeed. In this second edition of Diversity's Promise for Higher Education, Smith emphasizes a transdisciplinary approach to the topic of diversity, drawing on an updated list of sources from a wealth of literatures and fields.

Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America's Universities

A leading African American historian of race in America exposes the uncomfortable truths about race, slavery, and the American academy, revealing that leading universities, dependent on human bondage, became breeding grounds for the racist ideas that sustained it.

Faculty of Color: Teaching in Predominantly White Colleges and Universities

The knowledge and insights gained from the experiences of faculty of color helpful strategies for recruitment and retention. Topic including teaching, administration, institutional climate, mentoring, recruitment, relationships with colleagues and students, and research. Includes recommendations that predominantly white colleges and universities can continue to ensure change in substantive ways.

Multiculturalism on Campus

Resources to guide students of education, faculty, higher education administrators, and student affairs leaders in creating an inclusive environment for under-represented groups on campus. It is intended as a guide to gaining a deeper understanding of the various multicultural groups on college campuses, for faculty in the classroom and professional staff who desire to understand the complexity of the students they serve, as well as reflect on their own values and motivations.

Overcoming Our Racism: The Journey to Liberation

Are you a racist? -- What is racism? -- Do you oppress? -- What is your racial reality and that of white America? -- Isn't racism a white problem? -- What does in mean to be white? -- What is white privilege? -- How do you develop a nonracist white identity? -- What must you do to combat racism? -- What must society do to combat racism? -- What must people of color do to overcome racism?

Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream

One of the most sustained and vigorous public debates today is about the value and, crucially, the price of college. But an unspoken, outdated assumption underlies all sides of this debate: if a young person works hard enough, they'll be able to get a college degree and be on the path to a good life. That's simply not true anymore, says Sara Goldrick-Rab. Quite simply, college is far too expensive for many people today, and the confusing mix of federal, state, institutional, and private financial aid leaves countless students without the resources they need to pay for it. Drawing on a study of 3,000 young adults who entered public colleges and universities in Wisconsin in 2008 with the support of federal aid and Pell Grants, Goldrick-Rab reveals the devastating effect of these shortfalls.

Privilege, Power, and Difference

This brief book is a groundbreaking tool for students and non-students alike to examine systems of privilege and difference in our society. Written in an accessible, conversational style, Johnson links theory with engaging examples in ways that enable readers to see the underlying nature and consequences of privilege and their connection to it.

Race Matters

Analyzes moral authority and racial debates concerning skin color in the United States

Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence: Understanding and Facilitating Difficult Dialogues on Race

Learn to talk about race openly, honestly, and productively. Most people avoid discussion of race-related topics because of the strong emotions and feelings of discomfort that inevitably accompany such conversations. Rather than endure the conflict of racial realities, many people choose instead to avoid the topic altogether, or remain silent when it is raised. Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence: Understanding and Facilitating Difficult Dialogues on Race puts an end to that dynamic.

Racial Battle Fatigue

[B]rings together a collection of personal stories and critical reflections on the repercussions of doing social justice work in the field and in the university ... [A]ctivists, scholars, activist scholars, and public intellectuals share experiences of microaggressions, racial battle fatigue, and retaliation because of their identities, the people for whom they advocate, and what they study

Racism Without Racists: Color-blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in the United States

Eduardo Bonilla-Silva's aRacism without Racists documents how beneath our contemporary conversation about race lies a full-blown arsenal of arguments, phrases, and stories that whites use to account for--and ultimately justify--racial inequalities. This book explodes the belief that America is now a color-blind society.

Readings for Diversity and Social Justice

Readings for Diversity and Social Justice an anthology to covering social oppression from a social justice standpoint. With sections dedicated to racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism, and ableism, as well as transgenderism, ethno-religious oppression, and adult and ageism. Selections in each section have been chosen to keep topic coverage timely and readings accessible and engaging for students.

Sisters of the Yam: Black Women and Self-Recovery

In Sisters of the Yam, bell hooks reflects on the ways in which the emotional health of black women has been and continues to be impacted by sexism and racism. Desiring to create a context where black females could both work on their individual efforts for self-actualization while remaining connected to a larger world of collective struggle, hooks articulates the link between self-recovery and political resistance.

So You Want to Talk about Race

Ijeoma Oluo offers a contemporary, accessible take on the racial landscape in America, addressing head-on such issues as privilege, police brutality, intersectionality, micro-aggressions, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the "N" word. Perfectly positioned to bridge the gap between people of color and white Americans struggling with race complexities, Oluo answers the questions readers don't dare ask, and explains the concepts that continue to elude everyday Americans.

Storytelling for Social Justice: Connecting Narrative and the Arts in Antiracist Teaching

Through accessible language and candid discussions, Storytelling for Social Justice explores the stories we tell ourselves and each other about race and racism in our society. Making sense of the racial constructions expressed through the language and images we encounter every day, this book provides strategies for developing a more critical understanding of how racism operates culturally and institutionally in our society.

Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice

A sourcebook of theoretical foundations, pedagogical and design frameworks, and curricular models for social justice teaching practice. Covers the most relevant issues and controversies in social justice education in a practical, hands-on format. Includes activities and discussion questions, providing an accessible pedagogical approach to issues of oppression in classrooms. Also focuses on providing students the tools needed to apply their learning about these issues.

Trans Bodies, Trans Selves: a Resource for the Transgender Community

Trans Bodies, Trans Selves is widely accessible to the transgender population, providing authoritative information in an inclusive and respectful way and representing the collective knowledge base of dozens of influential experts. Each chapter takes the reader through an important transgender issue, such as race, religion, employment, medical and surgical transition, mental health topics, relationships, sexuality, parenthood, arts and culture, and many more.

Two Nations: Black and White, Separate, Hostile, Unequal

Why, despite continued efforts to increase understanding and expand opportunities, do black and white Americans still lead separate lives, continually marked by tension and hostility? In his much-lauded classic, newly updated to reflect the changing realities of race in our nation, Andrew Hacker explains the origins and meaning of racism and clarifies the conflicting theories of equality and inferiority.

Where We Stand: Class Matters

Drawing on both her roots in Kentucky and her adventures with Manhattan coop boards, bell hooks provides a successful black woman's reflection, personal, straightforward, and rigorously honest on how our dilemmas of class and race are intertwined, and how we can find ways to think beyond them

Whistling Vivaldi: And Other Clues to How Stereotypes Affect Us

In this work, the author, a social psychologist, addresses one of the most perplexing social issues of our time: the trend of minority underperformance in higher education. With strong evidence showing that the problem involves more than weaker skills, he explores other explanations

White Guilt: How Blacks and Whites Together Destroyed the Promise of the Civil Rights Era

Steele calls for a new culture of personal responsibility, a commitment to principles that can fill the moral void created by white guilt. White leaders must stop using minorities as a means to establish their moral authority - and black leaders must stop indulging them. The alternative is a dangerous ethical relativism that extends beyond race relations into all parts of American life.

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And other Conversations About Race

With a discussion guide and a new Epilogue by the author, this is the fifth anniversary edition of the bestselling work on the development of racial identity. Shares real-life examples and current research that support the author's recommendations for "straight talk" about racial identity, identifying practices that contribute to self-segregation in childhood groups.


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