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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Resources

This Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Reading List has been developed to assist alums in gaining understanding and appreciation of DEI issues in our society, to spark conversations and dialogue, and to help us address our challenges and opportunities to improve our community.

The books listed here are recommended for general, non-specialist audiences. The authors are diverse as a group, and efforts have been made to provide different voices and perspectives on any single issue.

Content warning: Racial slurs, sex, and difficult content

On our bookshelf

  • Racial Equity Glossary for Terms to Better Understand Building Solidarity – PDF
  • Overcoming Bias: Building Authentic Relationships across Differences by Tiffany Jana
  • Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race by Beverly Daniel Tatum
  • Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Brittney Cooper
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander 
  • Race, Class, & Gender: An Anthology 8th Edition by Margaret L. Andersen
  • I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness Hardcover by Austin Channing Brown 
  • I Am Not Your Negro Paperback by James Baldwin
  • Between the World and Me Hardcover by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Pedagogy of the Oppressed, 30th Anniversary by Paulo Freire
  • We Are Everywhere: Protest, Power, and Pride in the History of Queer Liberation by Leighton Brown and Matthew Riemer
  • Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More by Janet Mock
  • Planning and Lgbtq Communities: The Need for Inclusive Queer Spaces 1st Edition by Petra L. Doan
  • El Deafo by Cece Bell
  • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  • 35 Dumb Things Well-Intended People Say: Surprising Things We Say That Widen the Diversity Gap by Maura Cullen
  • The Person You Mean to Be: How Good People Fight Bias by Dolly Chugh
  • Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around: Forty Years of Movement Building with Barbara Smith ’69 by Alethia Jones (Editor), Virginia Eubanks  (Editor), Barbara Smith ’69 (With)

Let us know what you are reading! Email us if you’d like us to consider a book for this list. 

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