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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

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. 
  • 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!
#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)