Equity and Inclusion Resource Guide

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Code Switch from NPR (podcast; 2016-present)

Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution (documentary; 2020)

This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Feminists of Color by Cherríe Moraga and Gloria Anzaldúa, eds. (book; 1981)

An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz (book; 2014)

We Do This ‘Til We Free Us: Abolitionist Organizing and Transformative Justice by Mariame Kaba; edited by Tamara K. Nopper (book; 2021)

White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson (book; 2016)

“White Supremacy Culture” by Tema Okun (article; 1999)

Supreme Court and College Admissions


Students for Fair Admissions v. President and Fellows of Harvard College and Students for Fair Admissions v. University of North Carolina.

Regents of the University of California v. Bakke, 438 U.S. 265 (1978)

Gratz v. Bollinger and Grutter v. Bollinger 539 U.S. 244 (2003)

Fisher v. University of Texas 579 U.S. 365 (2016)

Students for Fair Admissions v. President and Fellows of Harvard College and Students for Fair Admissions v. University of North Carolina (likely 2023)


Patricia Gurin, Jeffrey S Lehman, Early Lewis, Eric L.Dey, Sylvia Hurtado, Gerald Gurin,  Defending Diversity: Affirmative Action at the University of Michigan (2004)

Ira Katznelson, When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America (2006)

Randall Kennedy, For Discrimination: Race, Affirmative Action, and the Law (2013)

William G. Bowen and Derek Bok, The Shape of the River: Long-Term Consequences of Considering Race in College and University Admissions (2000)

Richard Sander and Stuart Taylor, Jr., Mismatch: How Affirmative Action Hurts Students It’s Intended to Help, and Why Universities Won’t Admit It (2012)

Lee C. Bollinger and Geoffrey R. Stone A Legacy of Discrimination: The Essential Constitutionality of Affirmative Action (2023)

John David Skrentny, Affirmative Action, Immigration, and Civil Rights Options for America

Bonilla-Silva, E Racism Without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in the United States (2003)

Warikoo, NK, The Diversity Bargain: And Other Dilemmas of Race, Admissions, and Meritocracy at Elite Universities (2016) 

John Carey, Katherine Clayton, Yusaku Horiuchi, Campus Diversity: The Hidden Consensus (2020)

Richard H Fallon, The Dynamic Constitution (2013) Chapter 5


Anthony P. Carnevale, Zachary Mabel, Kathryn Peltier Campbell Race-Conscious Affirmative Action: What’s Next  (Georgetown University 2023)


Margaret Kramer, A Timeline of Key supreme Court Cases on Affirmative Action (NYT 2019)

Becky Sullivan, How the Supreme Court has Ruled in the Past About Affirmative Action (NPR 2023)

Drew Gilpan Faust, The Blindness of Color-Blindness (The Atlantic 2022)

Richard Kahlenberg, The Affirmative Action that Colleges Really Need (The Atlantic 2022)

Evan Mandery, How White People Stole Affirmative Action – and Ensured Its Demise (Politico 2023)

The Common App Will Now Hide a Students’s Race and Ethnicity (NYT 2023)

What to Know about Race Conscious Admissions (Chronicle 2023)

Eric Hoover, The Supreme Court Is Poised to Rip ‘the Bandage Off the Wound’ in Admissions. Healing Would Mean Many Reforms. (Chronicle 2023)


The Times podcast: California’s fight with affirmative action: California’s Fight with Affirmative Action

Affirmative Action Isn’t Perfect. Should We Keep It Anyway? The Argument

303 Creative, LLC v. Elenis (2023)


Oyez.org: https://www.oyez.org/cases/2022/21-476

Supreme Court of the United States: https://www.supremecourt.gov/


Balkin, Jack M. What Obergefell V. Hodges Should Have Said: The Nation’s Top Legal Experts Rewrite America’s Same-Sex Marriage Decision. Yale University Press, 2021.

Ball, Carlos A. The First Amendment and LGBT equality: A contentious history. Harvard University Press, 2017.

Engel, Stephen M. and Timothy S. Lyle. Disrupting Dignity: Rethinking Power and Progress in LGBTQ Lives. New York University Press, 2021.

Fetner, Tina. How the religious right shaped lesbian and gay activism. Vol. 31. U of Minnesota Press, 2008.

Stone, Amy L. “The religious right, same-sex marriage, and LGBTQ+ rights activism.” In Introducing the New Sexuality Studies, pp. 704-712. Routledge, 2022.

Walters, Suzanna Danuta. The Tolerance Trap: How God, Genes, and Good Intentions are Sabotaging Gay Equality. New York University Press, 2021.


Barak-Corren, Netta. “Religious Exemptions Increase Discrimination toward Same-Sex Couples: Evidence from Masterpiece Cakeshop.” The Journal of Legal Studies 50, no. 1 (2021): 75-110.

Dhooge, Lucien J. “Public Accommodation Statutes and Sexual Orientation: Should There Be a Religious Exemption for Secular Businesses,” William & Mary Journal of Women and the Law 21, no. 2 (Winter 2015): 319-378

Hart, James. “When the First Amendment Compels an Offensive Result: Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission.” La. L. Rev. 79 (2018): 419

Koppelman, Andrew. “A free speech response to the gay rights/religious liberty conflict.” Nw. UL Rev. 110 (2015): 1125.

Laycock, Douglas. “The Broader Implications of Masterpiece Cakeshop.” BYU L. Rev. (2019): 167.

Movsesian, Mark L. “Masterpiece Cakeshop and the Future of Religious Freedom.” Harv. JL & Pub. Pol’y 42 (2019): 711.

Sepper, Elizabeth. “Free Speech and the “Unique Evils” of Public Accommodations Discrimination,” University of Chicago Legal Forum 2020 (2020): 273-294

Thomas, George. “Religious Liberty, Same-Sex Marriage and Public Accommodations.” Perspectives on Politics 16, no. 1 (2018): 58-72.

Blogs and Online Resources

SCOTUSblog: https://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/cases/303-creative-llc-v-elenis/


Strict Scrutiny: https://crooked.com/podcast-series/strict-scrutiny/

Making Gay History: https://makinggayhistory.com/

Queer American: https://www.learningforjustice.org/podcasts/queer-america

Books, Articles, and Statements

Sarah Ahmed, Living a Feminist Life (2017)

Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (2010)

Carol Anderson, White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide (2016)

Carol Anderson and Tonya Bolden, We are not yet Equal: Understanding our Racial Divide (2018)

Gloria Anzaldúa, Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza (1987)

Victoria Baena, “The Classroom in Crisis” (2021)

James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time (1963)

James Baldwin, “A Talk to Teachers” (1963)

Kathleen Belew and Ramon A. Gutierrez, eds., A Field Guide to White Supremacy (2021)

Ruha Benjamin, Viral Justice: How We Grow the World We Want (2022)

Daina Ramey Berry & Kali Nicole Gross, A Black Women’s History of the United States (2020)

Yaba Blay, One Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race (2013)

Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Racism without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America (2003)

 Jordan T. Camp & Christina Heatherton, eds., Policing the Planet: Why the Policing Crisis Led to Black Lives Matter (2016)

Ta-Nehisi Coates, “The Case for Reparations” (2014)

Angela Y. Davis, Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement (2016)

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States (2014)

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Not “a Nation of Immigrants:” Settler Colonialism, White Supremacy, and a History of Erasure and Exclusion (2021)

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, “What White Supremacists Know” (2018)

Barbara J. Fields and Karen E. Fields, Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life (2012)

Demita Frazier, Beverly Smith, and Barbara Smith, “Combahee River Collective Statement” (1977)

Diane C. Fujino, The Revolutionary Life of Yuri Kochiyama: Heartbeat of Struggle (2005)

Fred Ho and Bill V. Mullen, eds, Afro Asia: Revolutionary Political & Cultural Connections between African Americans and Asian Americans (2008)

Cathy Park Hong, Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning (2020)

Akasha Gloria Hull, Patricia Bell-Scott & Barbara Smith, eds, All the Women Are White, All the Blacks Are Men, But Some of Us Are Brave: Black Women’s Studies (1982)

Noel Ignatiev and John Harvey, eds., Race Traitor (1996)

Nancy Isenberg, White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America (2016)

Mariame Kaba; edited by Tamara K. Nopper, We Do This ‘Til We Free Us: Abolitionist Organizing and Transformative Justice (2021)

Robin D.G. Kelley, “Black Study, Black Struggle” (2016)

Robin D.G. Kelley, “What did Cedric Robinson mean by Racial Capitalism?” (2017)

Kiese Laymon, Heavy: An American Memoir (2018)

Erika Lee, At America’s Gates: Chinese Immgration during the Exclusion Era (2003)

Ian Haney Lopez, White by Law: The Legal Construction of Race (1996)

Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches (1984)

Benjamin E. Mays, Born to Rebel: An Autobiography (2003)

Cherríe Moraga and Gloria Anzaldúa, eds., This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Feminists of Color (1981)

Monique W. Morris, Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools (2015)

Khalil Gibran Muhammad, The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America (2010)

Paul Ortiz, An African American and Latinx History of the United States (2018)

Jonna Perrillo, “The Mexican Revolution as U.S. History” (2022)

Jonna Perrillo, “Who gets to be American?” (2022)

Imani Perry, South to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation (2022)

Brian Purnell and Jeanne Theoharis with Komozi Woodard, eds., The Strange Careers of the Jim Crow North: Segregation and Struggle outside of the South (2019)

Richard Rothstein, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of how our Government Segregated America (2017)

Stephen Shames and Ericka Huggins, Comrade Sisters: Women of the Black Panther Party (2022)

Clint Smith, How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America (2021)

Ronald Takaki, A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America (1993)

Beverly Daniel Tatum, Why are all the Black Kids sitting together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations about Race (1997)

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, ed., How we Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective (2012)

Harsha Walia, Border and Rule: Global Migration, Capitalism, and the Rise of Racist Nationalism (2021)

Alice Wong, ed., Resistance and Hope: Essays by Disabled People  (2018)

Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley, The Autobiography of Malcolm X (1965)

Miscellaneous Resources

2U, curator, “55 Mental Health Resources for People of Color” (date unknown)

American Bar Association, “Syllabus: 21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge ©” (2020)

Kelsey Borresen, “12 Things Disabled People want their Nondisabled Friends to Know” (2021)

Sam Dylan Finch, “9 Phrases Allies Can Say When Called Out Instead of Getting Defensive” (2017)

Finn Gardiner (Lurie Institute for Disability Policy at Brandeis University), “Inclusive Language Guide” (2020)

Aysa Gray, “The Bias of ‘Professionalism’ Standards” (2019)

Michelle MiJung Kim, “Allyship (& Accomplice): The What, Why, and How” (2019)

Amélie (Lee) Lamont, “Guide to Allyship” (date unknown)

Alterrell M.F. Mills (crowdsourced), “Social Change: Everyone has a role to Play” (2020)

Vonn New, “Note to Self: White people taking part in #BlackLivesMatter protests” (2020)

Tema Okun, “White Supremacy Culture” (1999)

Larissa Pham, “Caring for Yourself to Care for Others: A Burnout and Vicarious Trauma Toolkit” (2020)

Meilan Solly, “158 Resources to Understand Racism in America” (2020)

Transform Harm: a resource hub about ending violence (date unknown)

University of Minnesota, curator, “Immigrant Stories”(2020)

Updated Spring 2023