Start somewhere: Resources on equity and inclusion for STEM and higher education

Kate White
Temple University
Naneh Apkarian
Arizona State University
Kate White (Western Michigan University), ASCN Research Director
Naneh Apkarian (Western Michigan University)

published Jun 9, 2020 8:30am

These recent articles and resources are meant to serve as a starting point for learning about equity, inclusion, diversity, and justice - with a particular focus on addressing systemic anti-Black racism - within STEM and higher education. This list of resources is long, but not by any means exhaustive. As change agents and scholars, we know that effecting change requires informed action. We hope you will use these and other resources to develop concrete and informed action plans. Please use the comments to share additional resources and concrete actions being taken by you and your institution.

We also invite you to join the conversation in our Equity and Inclusion Working Group. If you would like to join, please fill out the form to Join the Network and indicate that you would like to join Working Group 5 (Equity & Inclusion).

On Wednesday, June 10, we join the movement to #ShutdownSTEM ( This site may be offline. ) .

#ShutDownAcademia and #ShutDownSTEM is the time for white and non-Black People of Color (NBPOC) to not only educate themselves, but to define a detailed plan of action to carry forward. On June 10 2020, take a day away from these activities, and make a plan for how you will act to eliminate anti-Black racism.

For Black academics and STEM professionals, #ShutDownAcademia and #ShutDownSTEM is a time to prioritize their needs— whether that is to rest, reflect, or to act— without incurring additional cumulative disadvantage.

Recent articles

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Inside Higher Ed






General resources

  • Course Materials: Introduction to Critical Race Theory (2017), Brown University, by Adrienne Keene
  • Conference Address: "How Do We Language So People Stop Killing Each Other, or What Do We Do about White Language Supremacy?" Chair's Address by Asao B. Inoue at the Conference on College Composition & Communication (2019)
  • Discussion: Dialogues on Race and Class from the American Evaluation Association (AEA)
  • Newsletter: Better Allies weekly newsletter, focused on allyship in the workplace
  • Report: "Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education: A Status Report" from the American Council on Education (ACE)
  • Article: "I Don't Need 'Love' Texts From My White Friends: I need them to fight anti-blackness" by Chad Sanders
  • Podcast: Engineering Education Research Briefs
    • Episode: "How do we know if our research matters?" with Dr. Jeremi London
  • Podcast: PhDivas
    • Episode: "Can We Be Academics AND Activists?" with Dr. Xine Yao and Dr. Liz Wayne
    • Episode: "COVID-19 Anti-Asian & Anti-Black Racism" with Professor Charissa Cheah
  • Podcast: Opinion Science
    • Episode: "Systemic Racism with Phia Salter"

Resource Lists

  • Resources & Guide: Becoming an Anti-Racist Educator from Wheaton College
  • Resources: Communicating Your Support For #Blacklivesmatter - Dos, Don'ts, And Resources from 500 Women Scientists
  • Resources: "Justice in June", a daily and weekly challenge based on how much time you have to devote per day, by Autumn Gupta and Bryanna Wallce for the purpose of providing a starting place for individuals trying to become better allies.
  • Resources: Scaffolded Anti-Racist Resources for allies
  • Resources: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Resources from EDUCAUSE
  • Resources: Recommended resources from Particles of Justice, a community of Black Physicists
  • Resources & Tools: Racial Equity Tools, the merger of three sites focused on tools, learning and evaluation

Reading Lists

  • Reading List: Diversity and Social Justice Reading List from Iowa State University Library
  • Reading List: Recommended Readings from the Heller School at Brandeis University
  • Reading List: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Reading List from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Library
  • Reading List: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Science: A Reading List by Priya Shukla

In the classroom

  • Resources: Talking About Racism & Protest by Breana Bayraktar at Northern Virginia Community College
  • Book of Resources: Mathematics for Social Justice: Resources for the College Classroom, edited by Gizem Karaali and Lily S. Khadjavi
  • Guide: CBE-Life Sciences Education's Inclusive Teaching Guide
  • Article: "Toward Inclusive Learning Spaces: Physiological, Cognitive, and Cultural Inclusion and the Learning Space Rating System" by Richard Holeton
  • Article: "What Does Trauma Informed Teaching Look Like" by Beth McMurtrie
  • Article: "Leveraging the Neuroscience of Now: Mays Imad explores seven ways professors can help students thrive in class in times of trauma" by Mays Imad
  • Article: "Bias in grading" by John Malouff
  • Blog Post: "Closing Class Amid National Rage, Sorrow" by Jason Schreiner and Lee Rumbarger at the University of Oregon
  • Blog Post: "Diversity And Inclusive Teaching Practices In STEM" by Lindsay Wheeler
  • Tool: Implicit Association Test from Project Implicit

Webinars & Workshops

  • Webinar: "Responding to Racial Bias and Microaggressions in Online Environments" from CORA Learning
  • Webinar: "Equity-Minded Student Services in the Online Environment" from CORA Learning
  • Webinar: "Employing Equity-Minded & Culturally-Affirming Teaching Practices in Virtual Learning Communities" from CORA Learning
  • Workshop: "Teaching for Retention - Diversity Issues" with Dr. James Stith

Reading Lists

  • Reading List: Recommended readings on Inclusive Teaching from the University of Michigan
  • Reading List: Antiracist Pedagogy Reading List, compiled by Andrea Aebersold

On your campus

  • Report: "Our Separate & Unequal Public Colleges - How Public Colleges Reinforce White Racial Privilege and Marginalize Black and Latino Students" from the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University
  • Report: "Supporting Faculty During & After COVID-19 - Don't let go of equity." from Leslie D. Gonzales and Kimberly A. Griffin, Co-Leads of the Aspire Alliance Research Team
  • Case Studies: Case studies on equity in assessment from NILOA
  • White Paper: "Responding to microaggressions with microresistance: A framework for consideration" from the POD Network
  • Statement: "Statement Against Police Violence and Anti-Black Racism" from the Association of Black Anthropologists
  • Article Collection: Higher Education Today's Series, "Campus Climate and STEM Success"
  • Article: "Institutional Barriers, Strategies, and Benefits to Increasing the Representation of Women and Men of Color in the Professoriate" by Kimberly A. Griffin
  • Video: "ACE2019: Talking About Race", a plenary session with Beverly Daniel Tatum and Robin DiAngelo at the American Council on Education 2019 Conference


  • Webinar: "60 minutes of DEI" from EDUCAUSE
  • Webinar: "Leading an Institution Through an Unprecedented Crisis", a virtual roundtable with the Chronicle of Higher Education

For your discipline

  • Conference Address: "Rehumanizing mathematics: A vision for the future" by Rochelle Gutierrez at the Latinx in the Mathematical Sciences Conference (2018)
  • Article: "Promoting equity in CTE" by Ellie Ashford
  • Article: "Addressing STEM Culture and Climate to Increase Diversity in STEM Disciplines" by Kimberly A. Griffin
  • Article: "What racial, gender, and sexual orientation bias still exists in physics and what can I do about it?" by Ramon S. Barthelemy
  • Article: "The Role of Professional Societies in STEM Diversity" by Vernon R. Morris and Talitha M. Washington
  • Blog Post: "Can mathematics be antiracist?" by Tian An
  • Blog Post + Guide: "Inclusive Approaches to Reviewing Scholarship: A New Guide" by Naneh Apkarian, Kathy Quardokus Fisher and Brian A. Burt
  • Statement + Resources: Reclaiming STEM

Perspectives on STEM & higher ed

  • Article: "We are not okay. And you shouldn't be either" by Meg K. Guliford
  • Article: "I'm a black climate expert. Racism derails our efforts to save the planet" by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson
  • Article: "For a black mathematician, what it's like to be the 'only one'" by Amy Harmon
  • Article: "What White Colleagues Need to Understand" by Clarice Brazas & Charlie McGeehan
  • Article: "Do We All Look Alike?" by Frank Wu
  • Article: "Do You Know What It's Like?" by David Harris
  • Article: "The Coming Campus Protests" by Johnathan Charles Flowers
  • Article: "Diversity and Inclusion Are Not Enough" by Benjamin D. Reese

Twitter hashtags & accounts to follow



Thank you to Holly Cho, Pat Marstellar, Kacy Redd, and Ruthmae Sears for reviewing this list and contributing additional resources. Thank you to all those who have developed these resources and/or made us aware of them through their writing, speaking, and dissemination efforts.

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