Layla F. Saad, Me and White Supremacy: The Workbook
This PDF workbook is available free by sending an email; you’ll get the book back almost immediately. The workbook focuses on white privilege and internalized racism, and includes a number of exercises to be done alone or with others.
“People from different backgrounds have varying ways of looking at problems, what I call ‘tools.’ The sum of these tools is far more powerful in organizations with diversity than in ones where everyone has gone to the same schools, been trained in the same mold and thinks in almost identical ways.”
– Scott E. Page, Professor of Complex Systems, Political Science and Economics, University of Michigan
“The point isn’t to get people to accept that they have biases, but to get them to see [for themselves] that those biases have negative consequences for others.”
— Theresa McHenry, HR Director at Microsoft UK
“Unconscious perceptions govern many of the most important decisions we make and have a profound effect on the lives of many people in many ways…. Unconscious patterns can play out in ways that are so subtle they are hard to spot.”
— Howard Ross, Founder of Cook Ross Inc.
“Inclusion is not a matter of political correctness. It is the key to growth.”
— Rev. Jesse Jackson (2007)
University of Color, “Decolonize the University”
A (now closed) petition that calls for democratizing and decolonizing the university. It’s a very comprehensive list–something here to provoke pretty well everyone on campus. Much of it addresses curriculum, but it also deals with other practices.
Universities Canada, “Universities Canada Principles on Indigenous Education”
A statement from Universities Canada that addresses, in point form, everything from governance structures to content and curriculum–all as responses to both indigenous presence on campus and “social and cultural imperatives” to think about indigenous inclusion.
Ellen Boucher, “It’s Time to Ditch Our Deadlines,” Chronicle of Higher Education (August 22, 2016).
Boucher considers how structures like deadlines presume “who” is in the classroom, and might inadvertently result in the exclusion of many students; this connects to our ongoing discussion at UPEI about both “what” and “who” university is for (the comments are really interesting too!).