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.
Read, Learn & Take Action
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
|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
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!|
“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.
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!
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!
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!
“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
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)
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?
“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
“Implicit bias refers to the process of associating stereotypes or attitudes toward categories of people without conscious awareness” (Center for Urban Education, 2020).
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.
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!
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.
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.
Antiracism (June 2020)
30 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act (June 2020)
Black History Month (Feb. 2020)