Responding to Racism

Inese Berzina-Pitcher
Western Michigan University
Inese Berzina-Pitcher, Western Michigan University

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published Sep 15, 2017 3:28pm

In response to the events that took place in Charlottesville, we sent ASCN members an email with a subject line – "How shall we respond to racism?" in which we condemned these appalling displays of racism, violence, and ignorance, and discussed how they brought to light the importance of education in fighting racism and promoting equity and inclusion. We also reaffirmed that fighting racism and promoting equity and inclusion are a daily responsibility, and an important priority in our work.

We invited our members to share with us resources that they have been using in their own practice, or have come across recently, so we could share them with wider audiences. We want to thank everyone who replied to our message, and sent resources to share. We have organized these resources in three categories - Charlottesville syllabi, creating supportive campus environments, and personal growth and professional development.

If you have any additional resources that you would like to share, please email them to or use the contribute form.

Charlottesville Syllabi
The Charlottesville Syllabus
Created by the University of Virginia Graduate Student Coalition for Liberation in response to horrific events that took place in Charlottesville. The resources, selected and organized by graduate students, provide information about historical, as well contemporary, contexts and issues.

UC Press. #CharlottesvilleCurriculum, #CharlottesvilleSyllabus: UC Press Edition
University of California Press offers a curated list of publications geared towards faculty looking for readings to be included in their classes. Includes both published and forthcoming books.

JSTOR. Charlottesville Syllabus: Readings on the history of hate in America
This list includes free access essays and articles published by JSTOR Daily. They are organized in six categories: The Legacy of Slavery: Institutionalized Racism and American Culture, Anti-Semitism, The Displacement and Genocide of Native American Peoples, Fascism and Neo-Nazism, Immigration, and Race in American Education.

Beacon Press. A Charlottesville Syllabus for Our Uncertain Times
This collection includes writings by Beacon Press authors, as well links to other resources that help "to empower a reimagining of justice and the societal transformation necessary to dismantle white supremacy and structural violence." 

Creating Supportive Campus Environments 
This collection of resources offers theories, examples, cases, and resources on how to create supportive campus environments for all students, staff and faculty.

AAC&U Committing to Equity and Inclusive Excellence. Spring2017 Vol.19 No.2

Cuyjet, M. J., Howard-Hamilton, M. F., & Cooper, D. L. (Eds.). (2012). Multiculturalism on campus: Theory, models, and practices for understanding diversity and creating inclusion. Stylus Publishing.

Jackson, B. W (2006).Theory and practice of multicultural organization development. In Jones, B. B. & Brazzel, M. (Eds.), The NTL Handbook of Organization Development and Change (pps. 139-154). San Francisco, CA, Pfeiffer.

Tatum, B. D. (2010). Why are all the Black kids sitting together in the cafeteria?: And other conversations about race.

Stewart, D. (2017, March 30). Language of Appeasement. Inside Higher Ed.

Sue, D. W., Capodilupo, C. M., Torino, G. C., Bucceri, J. M., Holder, A., Nadal, K. L., & Esquilin, M. (2007). Racial microaggressions in everyday life: implications for clinical practice. American psychologist, 62(4), 271.

Dismantling Racism Works (dRworks) Web Workbook.
Originally developed by Kenneth Jones and Tema Oku for a 2-day workshop, now available as a resource to the community. 

Personal Growth and Professional Development

Included here are several media articles and books that teach about race, racism, and inequalities present in today's American society.

Gonzalez Van Cleve, N. (August 18, 2019). Opinion: How Do We Talk to Our Children About White Supremacy? NBC News.

Kamenetz A. (August 14, 2017). Resources For Educators To Use In The Wake Of Charlottesville. NPR.

Strauss V. (July 11, 2016). Teaching about race, racism and police violence: Resources for educators and parents. Washington Post.

Coates, T. N. (2015). Between the world and me. Text publishing.

Spring, J. (2017). American education. Routledge. *particularly the chapter on equality of educational opportunity

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