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Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility Research Guide

A research guide highlighting library resources useful for research into diversity issues.

Reading Lists by Topic

UMD Libraries Countering Anti-Asian Hate Crimes and Violence

Again, we are faced with horrific violence in our society, this time with escalating attacks on people of Asian descent and a hate-driven murderer targeting Asian and Asian American women in Atlanta. We at the UMD Libraries hope that, for those of you experiencing shock, sadness, and fear over this latest tragedy, you will find solace with loved ones and will join with others in taking action to counter racism, misogyny, and violence in our world.

It is critical that white people recognize that the United States was founded in white supremacy, and that anti-AAPI racism and violence are one painful part of our legacy. Read about a select handful of this history. For more in-depth analysis of anti-Asian racism, see this reading list, and for information on Asian history, solidarity, and feminism, see this reading list. We must learn from the past, acknowledge what is going on today, and collectively act to bring about change for a better tomorrow. For those outside the AAPI community, please see opportunities for bystander intervention and financial support below. 

UMD Bias Incident Support Services

In alignment with the overarching missions and goals of the Office of Diversity & Inclusion, Bias Incident Support Services (BISS) is charged with responding, educating and reporting to the campus about hate-bias incidents. The director for BISS oversees bias reporting and response, the coordination of campus support services to individuals affected by hate-bias incidents, and prevention programming and efforts.

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Read, Learn & Take Action

Training opportunities 

Reading Resources

Mental Health Resources for the AAPI Community

Organizations to Donate to

Justice Advocacy Organizations

Asian American Community Resource and Donation List - this document includes organizations to support by state, volunteer opportunities by state, small business and individual mutual aid opportunities, and upcoming vigils and rallies

BIPOC Mental Health Support

Read about substance use prevention in the BIPOC community:

All of us at the UMD Libraries join in solidarity with campus and community members who are saddened and angered by the brutal killing of George Floyd and other Black people by the police. We join with those who rise up to protest these injustices and who hope to counter Anti-Black racism and other damaging ideologies and systems that dehumanize and oppress people. We affirm the importance of our work together as a higher education community, of creating new knowledge and learning from one another, and doing all we can to create a better society, free from violence, hate, and fear.


Black Lives Matter: 80 Years of Black Americans’ Public Opinion and How the U.S. Public Views Black America - a historical overview provided by Roper Center For Public Opinion Research 

Check the following resources for:
  • Teaching
    • Antiracist Resources compiled by the Modern Language Association (MLA). The website includes historical background on antiracism, theory, assignments and activities, teaching practice, and actions to challenge white supremacy.
    • "Confronting Prejudice: How to Protect Yourself and Help Others" published by Pepperdine University. The resource features information about how one can be an ally and an advocate for change, as well as how people experiencing discrimination can build resilience against these types of behaviors. 
  • Further exploration
  • Going Deeper - It's a dynamic document of articles, guides, books, videos, and images on racism, white privilege, allyship, Black Lives Matter, police violence, incarceration, and more related topics.
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Let us know if you have suggestions for additional resources to be added to the UMD Libraries collections by filling out the Library Diversity Fund Form.


These selected readings are based on the "An Antiracist Reading List" by Ibraham X. Kendi and include some background information and additional material for learning more about antiracism from different perspectives. Additional books from the UMD Libraries' collections are being added regularly. 






The Bright IDEAs blog series is a recurring resource of all things inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility (IDEA)-oriented. This series is brought to you by the IDEA Committee and is intended to jumpstart and/or supplement your exploration of social justice issues. Happy learning!
#28: Anti-Trans Legislation

There has recently been an escalation in anti-trans legislation being introduced to state legislative bodies, much of it focused around sports and trans athletes. Proposed laws have also attacked healthcare for trans people, especially trans children, even going so far as to categorize gender-affirming medical care as child abuse. Explore the links below for more information on what is happening and how you can help. 

#26: Self-Care

This week has been an emotional flood of good and bad news. Before we look into the future to the battles against racism that we have yet to face and the systems of oppression we have yet to tear down, it’s important to remember to pause in the present, process our feelings and thoughts, and practice a moment of self-care. Please use the resources below to take a moment for yourself, and, should you need further help, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the Counseling Center here on campus.

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#24: Microaggressions Take 2

We’ve already had a great post on microaggressions (#2) with tips for identifying and confronting racial microaggressions. But this is such an important and pervasive topic that we thought it might be a good idea to post again, with new resources, to help understand how microaggressions affect colleagues here at UMD and within the Libraries.

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#23: April is National Poetry Month!

April is National Poetry Month! Let’s celebrate poets of color by exploring some of the resources below. I highly recommend the Youtube videos of Rudy Fransisco and Amanda Gorman! The videos aren’t long and they are amazing performances. Amanda Gorman also performed her poem "The Hill We Climb" at President Biden's inauguration this year. 

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#22: Trans Day of Visibility 2021

The International Transgender Day of Visibility occurs annually on March 31. It’s a day set aside for celebrating the achievements and the voices of transgender individuals, while raising awareness of the barriers and discrimination trans people face worldwide. 

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#21: The Celebration of Black History Continues!

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#20: Save the Date: Tuesday, February 16 is the Second Annual Black History Month Read-a-Thon!

The UMD Libraries’ Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA) Committee, in partnership with the Office of Multicultural Involvement and Community Advocacy (MICA) is very excited to announce the Second Annual Black History Month Read-a-Thon, to be held virtually on Tuesday, February 16th from 11AM-2PM. The theme of this year’s Black History Month events is “Black Joy” and we look forward to celebrating historical moments of joy across the African diaspora.

Faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members are all invited to sign up as a reader at this event! 

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This Zoom event will be live-streamed via the UMD Libraries YouTube page, and is open to all members of the community. We are looking to host a variety of readers to highlight speeches, quotes, and other works by inspiring Black leaders, innovators, authors, entertainers, scientists, and scholars, and more. We also look forward to fostering a *Brave space (see below) where participants and audience members can engage in lively discussions and reflection.

Bring your favorite books or poems to read! If you need reading recommendations and/or access to free, online texts, please refer to HathiTrust:

#19: Celebrating Black Joy

This Black History Month, UMD is celebrating Black Joy, and the IDEA Committee invites you to participate! Learn more about why Black Joy is important and what can you do to celebrate Black Joy or uplift someone else’s Joy without co-opting or appropriating. And don’t forget to celebrate Black Joy with us at this year’s Black History Month Read-a-Thon! Sign up for a reading spot, check out recommended readings, or just listen in! We can’t wait to celebrate with you!

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#17: LGBT Equity Center Presents: “Data Utilization for the LGBTQ+ Community”

The LGBT Equity Center will be facilitating a Zoom event titled: Data Utilization for the LGBTQ+ Community on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 5-6:30PM EST. This event consists of a panel discussion with several different sectors represented by Jay Davis, Stephanie Lampkin, and M Pease about how data is utilized for advocacy and allyship within the LGBTQ+ community.

Panelists’ Bios: 

  • M Pease is an undergraduate studying public health who is a leader of the LGBTQ+ Students and Allies in Public Health
  • Stephanie Lampkin is a business owner and founder with experience in business at the intersection of data and business
  • Jay Davis is a political consultant and data analyst who works at the intersection of politics and data.

RSVP to attend here:

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  • Gender Pronouns” YouTube video created by UMD grad student, Cooper Lee Kidd
#16: Celebrating MLK Day with the IDEA Committee

As many of you know, Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and, while the University gives us the day as a holiday, we invite you to join us in celebrating King's Legacy. Traditionally a day of service, it's difficult to go out during COVID (and we encourage you to stay in lockdown!), so here are a few ways you can celebrate from home.

  • Serve: AmeriCorps is a traditional venue for finding service opportunities on the MLK Day of Service. This year, many of the opportunities are virtual. Find one that works for you!
  • Write a Protest Song: The Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville is offering a free webinar on how to write your own protest song.
  • Join a Parade: From the safety of your own home! Washington DC is hosting a virtual parade (among other events) on Monday. Register to take part!
  • Read: The Autobiography of Martin Luther King Jr from Hathi Trust.
  • Most importantly: Do the work on this day and every other day, this month and every other month, to better understand racism in America and what you can do about it! Make a commitment and then check out the other Bright IDEAs Blog posts for more information
#15: Disabilities and Opportunities for Growth and Innovation

The human body is not perfect—it may be perfect at birth but over time it tears off. Many hidden disabilities happen over time and one should focus on the positive side of the issue. Don’t focus on the negative! Offer opportunities and push talent forward!  

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#13: Identifying Spaces Where Anti-Racism Work Happens

“White people and people of color each have work to do separately and together” (Racial Equity Tools, n.d.). As 2020 winds down, and we look to 2021, there are so many opportunities to re-commit ourselves and grow into our anti-racist work together. The resources below highlight only a few of many entry points into anti-racist work.

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#11: Identifying Spaces Where Anti-Racism Work Happens

“White people and people of color each have work to do separately and together” (Racial Equity Tools, n.d.). As 2020 winds down, and we look to 2021, there are so many opportunities to re-commit ourselves and grow into our anti-racist work together. The resources below highlight only a few of many entry points into anti-racist work.

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#10: Economic Inequity and the Racial Wealth Gap

The racial wealth gap has significant impacts on all levels of society. It's a complicated issue and stems from classism to racism. But what is the racial wealth gap? Are there ways to improve the gap? And where did it come from? Check out the resources below to learn more!

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#9: Self-Care for Women of Color

It's important to take care of yourself - not just your body, but also your mind. Check out these resources for tips on how to take care of yourself and keep yourself healthy. If things are a little too much and you're struggling with your mental health, consider reaching out to a medical professional. Your health is important; you are worthy of feeling happy, healthy, and loved! 

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#8: BIPOC Women in the Workforce

The work environment is not always equitable when it comes to employees of color. Learn more about how to build an anti-racist workplace and how to be an advocate for your BIPOC Women colleagues and friends. Check out these resources to find out how to be an advocate and why being an advocate is so important!

#7: How is COVID-19 affecting BIPOC Women?

“The COVID-19 pandemic is wreaking havoc worldwide, but its disproportionate impact on specific communities and groups of people follow along familiar lines, reflecting existing societal inequalities.” ~ Lucy Erickson, PhD

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#6: Disability/Ability OR You Can't Judge a Book by its Cover

When we look at someone and perceive a disability, we start to make assumptions about a person’s ability to do something. When we don’t perceive a disability, we make different assumptions and are more tolerant of a person’s needs. Either way, be open-minded and receptive of all people with disabilities (visible and invisible).

Additional Resources: 2020 UMD Disability Awareness month (recordings of virtual events)

#5: Exploring the Intersections of Race & Dis/ability

What can it look like for educators to unpack discrimination from a combined racial and dis/ability lens? How do we begin to confront our internalized ableism (i.e., attitudes/beliefs and behaviors/actions), while interrogating its ties to anti-Blackness?

#4: Antiracism is NOT a Trendy Buzzword

“One either allows racial inequities to persevere, as a racist, or confronts racial inequities, as an antiracist.There is no in-between safe space of “not racist.” The claim of “not racist” neutrality is a mask for racism.” — Ibram X. Kendi, How to Be an Antiracist

#3: Assessing and Addressing Your Implicit & Explicit Racial Biases

“Implicit bias refers to the process of associating stereotypes or attitudes toward categories of people without conscious awareness” (Center for Urban Education, 2020).

#2: Tips for Identifying & Confronting Racial Microaggressions

Are racial microaggressions really all that micro? While the “micro” prefix could imply otherwise, microaggressions, or: “everyday verbal, nonverbal, and environmental slights, snubs, or insults whether intentional or unintentional, which communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to target persons based solely upon their marginalized group membership” (Sue, 2010) often take a significant emotional and/or psychological toll on the people who are subjected to them.

#1: Helpful Strategies for Engaging in Race Conversations

While many of us may feel intimidated to broach high-emotion topics such as racial identity with our friends, family, or colleagues, we hope these tools will offer insight on how to prepare for such important and necessary conversations. Happy learning!

Ableism and Disability

These selected readings include some background information and additional material for learning more about ableism, disability culture, and other disability issues.  Let us know if you have suggestions for additional resources by filling out the Library Diversity Fund Form.

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Safe Spaces, Brave Spaces & Microaggressions
What is the Diversity Fund? 

The UMD Libraries Diversity Fund improves access to resources related to diversity, inclusion, accessibility, and equity. We welcome your suggestions for purchasing materials to diversify our collections. All members of the UMD community may nominate materials for purchase using the Request for Purchase Form. Eligible items: One-time purchase with a fixed price.

Recent Purchases

Antiracism (June 2020)

30 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act  (June 2020)

Black History Month (Feb. 2020)

Public Policy and Antiracism


A collection of scholarly articles

related to antiracism, diversity, and inclusion

in the field of public policy

EDUCAUSE Inclusive, Bias-Free, Equitable Language Guide

Language embodies values and perspectives, some of which are rooted in systems that discriminate against certain groups of people. Over time, specific terms and ways of using language become established parts of the lexicon, and although their association with discriminatory ideas might no longer be obvious, they continue to be harmful. EDUCAUSE is committed to starting and sustaining a dialogue about the ways in which we can uncover and understand the harm that language can cause and to developing a common set of guidelines to help us use language inclusively. 

Caveat: Although these discussions are deeply important, many of the questions won’t be answered with a single solution that is acceptable to everyone. One person’s sense of inclusive language can be another person’s definition of thin-skinned hypersensitivity. Writers and editors should approach these issues with curiosity and use discretion when choosing words.

Language and cultural norms change, so this guide will be a living document.

Please share suggestions, resources, comments, or questions by completing this short form:

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Read more about what terminology to use and which one to avoid for gender/sex, LGBTQIA+, race/ethnicity, ability/disability, socioeconomics, ageism, and IT terminology.