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Anti-Racism Resources 

The Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) is committed to building individual and departmental capacity to address barriers to success for our underrepresented faculty, staff, and students, to further our efforts toward inclusive excellence and foster a more welcoming and supportive campus climate.

EDI is here to support our campus community through a number of initiatives, programs and workshops. We are also available to engage with you and your team in a variety discussion formats on anti-racism. 

This page will be updated regularly with resources to support your personal edification and discussions with students, colleagues, and teams regarding racism. 

If you are seeking direct assistance from the EDI office to address anti-racism, please complete the EDI Engagement & Resources Request Form.  

Key Terminology & Concepts

Unsure where to start? Begin by grounding yourself in key terminology and concepts to fully understand racism and how it persists in society. 

 

Understanding Racism 

 

Taking Criticism While Privileged (Inside Higher Ed)

Now is Not the Time to Look Away (Collective Impact Forum)

11 Terms You Should Know to Better Understand Structural Racism (The Aspen Institute) 

The Intersectionality Wars (Vox Media) 

What do terms like systemic racism, microaggression and white fragility mean? (ABC News) 

The BIPOC Project: A Black Indigenious People of Color Movement (The BIPOC Project)

Anti-Racism Resources - Curated List (UC San Diego Women's Center) 

Explainer: What is systemic racism and institutional racism? (The Conversation) 

158 Resources to Understand Racism in America (Smithsonian Magazine) 

Types of Racial Inequity (Seattle.Gov) 

Anti-Racism Guide: Resources for Education and Action (UC San Diego Library) 

An Anti-Racist Reading List (The New York Times)

This List Of Books, Films And Podcasts About Racism Is A Start, Not A Panacea (NPR)

What Is White Privilege, Really? (Teaching Tolerance) 

 

On Advocacy, Allyship & Activism

 

Educational Justice: Which Are You — an Advocate, Ally, or Activist? (The Education Trust) 

Ally or Accomplice? The Language of Activism (Tolerance.org)

The Guide to Allyship (GuidetoAllyship.com)

White Accountability Groups (The Center for Transformation and Change)

Collective Impact Forum (Collectiveimpactforum.org)

Campus Commitments to Anti-Racism

News & Expert Opinion Pieces

How Textbooks Taught White Supremacy (Harvard)
A historian steps back to the 1700s and shares what's changed and what needs to change.

A Timeline of Racial Progress in the U.S., and the Lack of It, Through the Years (Newsweek)
A look at some, not all, of the seminal events in America's journey toward racial fairness. It shows progress that has been frustratingly slow and painfully hard-won. 

Collecting missing demographic data is first step to fighting racism in healthcare (Popular Science)
Ensuring that racial and ethnic data is included in CDC and local health agency reports is crucial to solving public health issues.

Racism in mental healthcare: An invisible barrier (Medical News Today) 
In this Special Feature, we explore the impact of racism as a public healthcare hazard in the mental health arena.

Racism in Health Care Isn’t Always Obvious (Scientific American)
As physicians, we believe that recognizing it begins with understanding our own privilege and biases.

“I Can’t Breathe.” It Happens at Schools, Too. (ProPublica) 
Students in Illinois schools said “I can’t breathe” while being restrained at least 30 times over the time period we investigated, according to our analysis of the records. The practice of face-down restraint is still legal in Illinois.

Racism in Care Leads to Health Disparities (Washington Post)
Some argue that more work needs to be done to regain trust and uproot bias in their professions.

Yale Astronomers Hired One Black Employee 35 Years Ago (Buzzfeed News) 
“Deeply entrenched systemic racism exists in every sector of our society, including at Yale and in this department,” a group of undergraduates wrote in response.

How Did We Get Here? (The Atlantic) 
163 years of The Atlantic’s most important pieces from our archives on race and racism in America.

Curbing implicit bias: what works and what doesn't (Knowable Magazine)  
Psychologists have yet to find a way to diminish hidden prejudice, but they do have strategies for thwarting discrimination.

White Americans Say They Are Waking Up to Racism. What Will It Add Up To? (The New York Times)
Anti-racism activists have detailed concerns that are not only about symbols or slurs but also about entire systems governing how Americans live.

The 10 Commitments Companies Must Make to Advance Racial Justice (HBR) 
In the wake of the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, many major corporations are tweeting out statements of concern and support for the Black community. That’s a start, but what is needed at this moment is action.

Podcasts

Tritoncast Interview with UCSD Soccer Scholar Marissa Ray (Tritoncast)
Listen to UCSD Soccer Athlete Marissa Ray as she speaks about the Black Lives Matter movement, what it was like to win an #USvsHate award, and her part in the NCAA Juneteenth awareness video. (Interview Starts 30:00)

INTERSECTIONALITY MATTERS! (The African American Policy Forum)
Hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw, Professor of Law at UCLA and Columbia Law School, leading authority in the area of civil rights, race theory, and coined the term "intersectionality". 

Yo, Is This Racist? (Earwolf)
Every Wednesday, Andrew Ti, co-host Tawny Newsome, and their guests answer questions from fan-submitted voicemails and emails about whether or not something is, in fact, racist.

Code Switch (NPR)
Hosted by journalists of color, our podcast tackles the subject of race head-on. We explore how it impacts every part of society — from politics and pop culture to history, sports and everything in between.

1619 (The New York Times) 
An audio series on how slavery has transformed America, connecting past and present through the oldest form of storytelling.

All Thing Considered: 'The Color of Law' (NPR) 
NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with author Richard Rothstein about his book, The Color of Law, which details how federal housing policies in the 1940s and '50s mandated segregation and undermined the ability of black families to own homes and build wealth.

Research, Reports & Actionable Resources

The World's Most Basic Guide to Contacting Your Reps (Vice)
If you want to take action against police brutality, this is an easy place to start.

How to Support the Struggle Against Police Brutality (The Cut)
Organizations to donate to, and other actions to take to help demand justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and other victims of police violence.

Guidelines for Diversity & Inclusion in Crisis 
Juan E. Gilbert, PhD, Department Chair of the Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE) Department at the University of Florida, shares his foundational practices for navigating diversity and inclusion in crisis. 

Racism Is a Public Health Crisis, Say Cities and Counties (PEW)
Being black is bad for your health. And pervasive racism is the cause.

Racism and Health (American Public Health Association) 
Racism structures opportunity and assigns value based on how a person looks. The result: conditions that unfairly advantage some and unfairly disadvantage others. Racism hurts the health of our nation by preventing some people the opportunity to attain their highest level of health.

Breaking the Silence: Time to Talk About Race and Racism (Academic Medicine) 
The authors argue that before any curriculum on race and racism can be developed for health professions students, and before faculty members can begin facilitating conversations about race and racism, faculty must receive proper training through intense and introspective faculty development.

Remembering Freddie Gray: Medical Education for Social Justice (Academic Medicine) 
The authors propose that medical school curricula should address such concerns through an explicit pedagogical orientation. Antiracist pedagogy and the concept of structural competency—to construct a curriculum oriented toward appropriate care for patients who are victimized by extremely challenging social and economic disadvantages and who present with health concerns that arise from these disadvantages.

Justice in June (JusticeinJune.org)
This resource was compiled by Autumn Gupta with Bryanna Wallace's oversight for the purpose of providing a starting place for individuals trying to become better allies. Choose how much time you have each day to become more informed as step one to becoming an active ally to the black community. 

75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice (Medium)
Achieving racial justice is a marathon, not a sprint. Our work to fix what we broke and left broken isn’t done until Black folks tell us it’s done.

Social Justice Standards (Teaching Tolerance) 
The Social Justice Standards are a road map for anti-bias education at every stage of K–12 instruction. Comprised of anchor standards and age-appropriate learning outcomes, the Standards provide a common language and organizational structure educators can use to guide curriculum development and make schools more just and equitable.

Teaching Hard History: American Slavery (Teaching Tolerance) 
Most students leave high school without an adequate understanding of the role slavery played in the development of the United States—or how its legacies still influence us today. In an effort to remedy this, we developed a comprehensive guide for teaching and learning this critical topic at all grade levels.

Videos, Webinars & Virtual Panels

TED | Interview with the founders of Black Lives Matter (TED) 
The Black Lives Matter movement has sparked discussion about race and inequality across the world. In this spirited conversation with Mia Birdsong, the movement's three founders, Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi, share what they've learned about leadership and what provides them with hope and inspiration in the face of painful realities.

Slaves of the State  (CSpan)
Interview with Associate Professor, Dennis Childs regarding his book, Slaves of the State: Black Incarceration from the Chain Gang to the Penitentiary.

Tritons Tackling COVID-19— Making Sense of a Global Pandemic Webinar  (UCSD)
Join Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Dr. Becky Petitt, and leading UC San Diego experts for a conversation on the impacts of Xenophobia before and during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ijeoma Oluo: "So You Want to Talk About Race" | Talks at Google (Google)
In her new book "So you want to talk about race", Ijeoma Oluo brings clarity and insight to hyper-charged issues facing America through discussing why it's so hard to talk about race and why we must do it anyway.

How to be an Antiracist (Aspen Institute)
"The only way to undo racism is to consistently identify and describe it—and then dismantle it,” writes professor Ibram X. Kendi. This is the essence of antiracism: the action that must follow both emotional and intellectual awareness of racism. Explore what an antiracist society might look like, how we can play an active role in building it, and what being an antiracist in your own context might mean.

Race and America as told through the years on 60 Minutes (CBS)
From Alabama to Wisconsin, a look back at past 60 Minutes stories on racial injustice and policing as told on our broadcast in five different decades.

The Urgency of Intersectionality (TedTalk) 
Now more than ever, it's important to look boldly at the reality of race and gender bias -- and understand how the two can combine to create even more harm. Kimberlé Crenshaw uses the term "intersectionality" to describe this phenomenon.

Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo on George Floyd's killing, protests and reform (CBS) 
Arradondo tells Lesley Stahl how he's trying to mend the mistrust communities have for his police department, brought to a head after the killing of George Floyd.

The legendary debate that laid down US political lines on race, justice and history (AEON)
In 1965 at the University of Cambridge, two of the foremost American intellectuals, James Baldwin and William F. Buckley, were challenged with the question: ‘Has the American Dream been achieved at the expense of the American Negro?’

Baldwin vs. Buckley Cambridge Debate Transcript

Resources for UC San Diego Community

UC comes together to heal, foster community and demand change (UCOP)
Here are resources that have been created and compiled by colleagues throughout UC to help you cope, spark dialogue, be informed and build connections.

Managing Implicit Bias in the Hiring Process – 25 minutes

Common Forms of Bias – 20 minutes

Managing the Impact of Implicit Bias – Mindfulness and Conscious De-Biasing – 25 minutes

The Impact of Implicit Bias – 30 minutes

What is Implicit Bias? – 30 minutes

Managing the Influence of Implicit Bias - Awareness – 25 minutes

 

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