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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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Alumnae Quarterly to publish combined fall/winter issue

The next issue of the Mount Holyoke Alumnae Quarterly magazine will be a combined fall/winter issue, published late this year. The change to the publication schedule was made due to staffing and budget constraints as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

This decision, approved by the Alumnae Association Board of Directors during a meeting in September, follows other cost-saving measures that have been put in place regarding magazine production since the beginning of the pandemic. In April, during the production of the spring issue of the Alumnae Quarterly, concerns about international mailing constraints at the time led to the decision to not mail the issue overseas. As a result, the Alumnae Association introduced a new online magazine platform, which includes the opportunity for alums to read the entire issue, including class notes, and to share, download and print articles or the full issue.

The summer issue, published in August, was produced during a time of continued budget uncertainties and staff constraints and was published in an online-only format, utilizing even more of the features of the new platform, including embedding video.

The plan for the next issue is to produce a standard-length issue and distribute it in print and digitally. As the Alumnae Quarterly continues to utilize the new online platform in new ways, this online issue will include longer versions of class notes, offering valued class scribes the opportunity to report more news of classmates and for that news to be shared broadly.

As the Alumnae Association continues to work to produce and distribute the magazine in the most cost-effective manner, we encourage readers who prefer to receive the magazine digitally to log in to the online directory and select no hard copy as delivery preference. Readers may also request to receive the digital version only by sending an email to ais@mtholyoke.edu.

Celebrate Latinx Heritage Month

Join us during the months of September and October as we celebrate the Latinx community at Mount Holyoke.