Equity and Diversity Resource Guide

The Office for Equity and Diversity (OED) along with the University Libraries (UL) maintain this list of resources. It is not intended to be exhaustive nor authoritative. Neither OED or the UL endorse every sentiment found in these resources. The goal is to support on-going education about the histories, theories, and lived experiences of members of marginalized and underrepresented communities.
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The Power of Vulnerability. Brené Brown studies human connection -- our ability to empathize, belong, love.

Listening to Shame, Shame is an unspoken epidemic, the secret behind many forms of broken behavior. Brené Brown, whose earlier talk on vulnerability became a viral hit, explores what can happen when people confront their shame head-on.

Drew Dudley: Everyday leadership We have all changed someone’s life — usually without even realizing it. In this funny talk, Drew Dudley calls on all of us to celebrate leadership as the everyday act of improving each other’s lives.

"'I have Cerebral Palsy. I shake all the time. I'm like Shakira meets Muhammad Ali." Arab-American comedian Maysoon Zayid talks about life as an actress, stand-up comedian, philanthropist, and advocate for people with disabilities in this TED Talk.

In her profound and courageous New York Times bestseller, Janet Mock establishes herself as a resounding and inspirational voice for the transgender community—and anyone fighting to define themselves on their own terms.

A Memoir - Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More by Janet Mock (finished

TED Talk: "We Need to Talk About Injustice": With cameo appearances from his grandmother and Rosa Parks — human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson shares some hard truths about America's justice system.

In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life.

On the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South in search of a better life. (The Warmth of Other Suns - Isabel Wilkerson) Mar 2015

The New Jim Crow is a stunning account of the rebirth of a caste-like system in the United States, one that has resulted in millions of African Americans locked behind bars and then relegated to a permanent second-class status—denied the very rights supposedly won in the Civil Rights Movement.

The New Jim Crow : Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. Michelle Alexander points out that we have not ended racial caste in America: we have simply redesigned it.

Extraordinary for Norris’s candor in examining her own racial legacy and what it means to be an American, The Grace of Silence is also informed by rigorous research in its evocation of time and place, scores of interviews with ordinary folk, and wise observations about evolving attitudes, at once encouraging and disturbing, toward race in America today.

The Grace of Silence Publisher: Pantheon: Michele Norris. I've always loved her on public radio.

n search of a place to call home, thousands of Hmong families made the journey from the war-torn jungles of Laos to the overcrowded refugee camps of Thailand and onward to America. But lacking a written language of their own, the Hmong experience has been primarily recorded by others. Driven to tell her family’s story after her grandmother’s death, The Latehomecomer is Kao Kalia Yang’s tribute to the remarkable woman whose spirit held them all together.

Driven to tell her family’s story after her grandmother’s death, The Latehomecomer is Kao Kalia Yang’s tribute to the remarkable woman whose spirit held them all together. (A Hmong story. About assimilation. A good book for students.

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more. Henrietta's cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can't afford health insurance.

Combination biography and biology book about the woman and family behind the ubiquitous HeLa cells (The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - Rebecca Skloot) Apr 2015

Library Journal calls Howard Zinn’s iconic A People's History of the United States “a brilliant and moving history of the American people from the point of view of those…whose plight has been largely omitted from most histories.” Packed with vivid details and telling quotations, Zinn’s award-winning classic continues to revolutionize the way American history is taught and remembered.

A People's History of the United States : 1492 to Present - by Howard Zinn - available as an e-book

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD • Hailed by Toni Morrison as “required reading,” a bold and personal literary exploration of America’s racial history by “the single best writer on the subject of race in the United States” (The New York Observer)

BOOK: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Hailed by Toni Morrison as “required reading,” a bold and personal literary exploration of America’s racial history by “the single best writer on the subject of race in the United States”.

This humorous collection brings attention to the every day struggles and obstacles faced by persons with disabilities while transforming the political incorrectness of the word "crip" into a message of disability activism through which we reclaim our bodies and our lives.

This humorous collection brings attention to the every day struggles and obstacles faced by persons with disabilities while transforming the political incorrectness of the word "crip" into a message of disability activism through which we reclaim our bodies and our lives.

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