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DEI Read & Learn

Resources for learning more about diversity, equity & inclusion topics, from the library's DEI Committee

"Reading Is Only a Step on the Path to Anti-Racism."

A reading list "...  is not a panacea. This compilation of resources is JUST A STARTING POINT to encourage people to do their own work and have their own hard conversations."
- Nicole A. Cooke, Publishers Weekly, June 19, 2020

The Difference between being "Not racist" and Antiracist (TED Talk)

Writer, researcher Ibram X. Kendi explains how being "not racist" perpetuates racism, and that becoming actively antiracist is the necessary goal. TED2020 (May 2020)

How to Deconstruct Racism One Headline at a Time (TED Talk)

Writer, activist, comedian Baratunde Thurston speaks at TED2019

The Danger of Silence (TED Talk)

Poet, educator, activist Clint Smith on silence; TED@NYC, 2014

Recommended for Young Adults and Younger Readers

Access:  During this time of library building closure due to the pandemic, you can still access print books (like those listed here) via the Library's delivery system. See our instructions on how to request delivery!

Confronting Racism

This page presents selected important readings for addressing racism and specifically anti-Blackness racism. This page was developed as a collaboration between the ISU Colegas Faculty & Staff Association and the Library's DEI Committee chair.

10 Recommended Books for Confronting Anti-Blackness Racism

Access:  The library is open! Many within the ISU community are however working from home out of necessity due to the pandemic. You can still access print books (like those listed here) via the Library's delivery system. See our instructions on how to request delivery!

✸  See also our White Fragility Book Discussion Series guide

Open Web Resources

12 Afro-Latinx Readings

Access:  During this time of library building closure due to the pandemic, you can still access print books (like those listed here) via the Library's delivery system. See our instructions on how to request delivery!