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  • The Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: We believe that community, access, transparency, inclusion, diversity, equity and accountability (BobCAT IDEA) are key enablers and critical components to accomplishing our office’s vision. BobCAT IDEA(s) unlock knowledge, produce equity-minded practitioners, and drive meaningful impact and outcomes. These ideas are put into action through our three pillars: Our people, our campus and our brilliance.
  • Office of the Ombuds: The Office of the Ombuds assists the UC Merced community with the informal resolution of any university-related complaint or conflict. In doing so, the ombuds adheres to the standards of practice as described by the International Ombudsman Association (IOA). These four standards are essential to this profession and guide the ombuds' work: Confidentiality, informality, neutrality and independence.
  • Staff and Faculty of Color Association: The Staff and Faculty of Color Association at UC Merced (SFCA) provides opportunities for members to develop a sense of community and strengthen their professional and social networks.  Memberships are prioritized to staff (excluding student staff members) and faculty members who identify as People of Color (people from historically marginalized backgrounds).  The goal of the group is to empower staff and faculty to engage in conversation about campus climate issues and to foster professional development.

Further Reading


Anti-Racist Lit. - Starter Kit

  • So You Want to Talk About Race - IJeoma Oluo
  • White Fragility, Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism - Robin DiAngelo
  • Stamped from the Beginning - Ibram X. Kendi
  • A People's History of the United States - Howard Zinn
  • Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do - Claude M. Steele, PhD
  • Uprooting Racism: How White people can work for racial justice - Paul Kivel
  • Privilege, Power, and Difference - Allan Johnson
  • Readings for Diversity and Social Justice, Edited by Adams, Maurianne, Blumenfeld, Warren, Castaneda, Carmelita, Hackman, Heather, Peters, Madeline and Zuniga, Ximena
  • Franchise: Golden Arches in Black America - Dr. Marcia Chatelain
  • Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-1963 - Taylor Branch

Anti-Racist Lit. - Intermediate Kit

  • The Burning House: Jim Crow and the Making of Modern America - Anders Walker
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness - Michelle Alexander
  • Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America's Heartland - Jonathan M. Metzl
  • A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America - Ronald Takaki
  • How to Be an Anti-Racist - Ibram X. Kendi
  • The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America - Khalil Gibran Muhammad
  • Racism without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America - Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Rowman
  • Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption - Bryan Stevenson

Anti-Racist Lit. - Topic Specifics

  • Poverty Housing : Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City - Matthew Desmond
  • Police Violence/Mass Incarceration : Nobody -Marc Lamont Hill
  • Education/Colonialism/Ahistoricism : Lies my Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong - James W. Loewen
  • Education/Discrimination/Bias : Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? - Beverly Daniel Tatum, PhD
  • Segregation/Housing/Discrimination/Redlining : The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America - Richard Rothstein
  • Voter Suppression/Black Voting : Blackballed: The Black Vote and US Democracy - Darryl Pinckney

Anti-Racist Lit. - Biographies, Non-Fiction Novels, Personal Narratives

  • The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration - Isabel Wilkerson
  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X - Alex Haley
  • Between the World and Me - Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Killing Rage: Ending Racism - Bell Hooks
  • Becoming - Michelle Obama
  • The Fire Next Time - James Baldwin
  • Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption - Bryan Stevenson
  • When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir - Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele

Anti-Racist Lit. - Black Feminism

  • How We Get Free - Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
  • Black Feminist Thought - Patricia Hill Collins
  • Bad Feminist - Roxane Gay
  • Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers her Superpower - Brittney Cooper
  • Ain’t I A Woman: Black Women and Feminism - Bell Hooks
  • In Search of our Mothers’ Gardens - Alice Walker
  • Sister Outsider - Audre Lorde
  • Women Race and Class - Angela Y. Davis
  • Assata an Autobiography - Assata Shakur
  • A Black Women's History of the United States: ReVisioning American History - Daina Ramey Berry & Kalie Nicole Gross

Anti-Racist Lit. - Black LGBTQ+

  • Giovanni’s Room, by James Baldwin
  • Zami: A New Spelling of my Name - Audre Lorde
  • Real Life - Brandon Taylor
  • Unapologetic: A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements - Charlene A. Carruthers
  • No Tea, No Shade: New Writing in Black Queer Studies - E. Patrick Johnson
  • Since I Laid my Burden Down - Brontez Purnell
  • The Other Side of Paradise - Staceyann Chin
  • No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black & Free in America - Darnell L. Moore
  • The Summer We Got Free - Mia Mckenzie

Anti-Racist Lit. - Black Centered Fiction

  • The Bluest Eye - Toni Morrison
  • The Hate U Give - John Green
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God - Zora Neale Hurston
  • Homegoing - Yaa Gyasi
  • Native Son - Richard Wright
  • Beloved - Toni Morrison
  • Half of a Yellow Sun - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • The Water Dancer - Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Queenie - Candice Carty-Williams

Source: Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; Inspired by Victoria Alexander’s Anti-Racist Resource Guide

Articles & Websites

From UC Berkeley Center for Teaching and Learning. As colleges and universities become increasingly more diverse, faculty must understand the needs and behaviors of a broad range of students and develop techniques for working effectively with them. This page provides information and strategies for teaching international students, but happen to also translate well to the success of all our students.

Shari Saunders and Diana Kardia. University of Michigan, Center for Learning and Teaching, 2012. Topics covered: inclusive course content and instructional practices; recognizing and addressing instructor assumptions; getting to know diverse students.

Collection of research articles used to inform the arguments in the public statement on the events in Ferguson.

Teaching Students with Disabilities

Center for Teaching Excellence, Cornell University, 2014. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a way of thinking about teaching and learning that helps give all students an equal opportunity to succeed. This approach offers flexibility in the ways students access material, engage with it and show what they know.

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