Rhodes Perry offered several workshops throughout the spring 2021 semester. Mr. Perry describes the initial session as, “Racism is pervasive in the United States. It is deeply woven into the fabric of every institution and system, including higher education. It also exists on an interpersonal level, challenging the relationships we cultivate with our peers and colleagues. During this introductory workshop, we will examine how racism arises in our daily exchanges and practice ways we can safely disrupt it using the skills and resources we will gain. Our goal will focus on the ways we can begin undoing the learned and everyday behaviors that reinforce racism. Together we will move towards building a healthier campus culture that centers those on campus least likely to feel safe.”
Further information on these sessions, including recordings of his presentations is available.
LITS offers a series of videos and discussion boards, through Blackboard, designed to allow opportunity to ask questions or share experiences and explore issues of diversity, inclusion, equity, and belonging. We want you to feel safe and secure in sharing, to engage in dialogue through open discussions, and take this opportunity to stretch yourself, question assumptions, and perhaps step outside your comfort zone.
Universal Design (UD) is a strategy for making products, environments, operational systems and services welcoming and usable to the most diverse range of people possible. The Seven Principles of Universal Design, originally developed with architecture and product design in mind, are: equitable use, flexibility in use, simple and intuitive use, perceptible information, tolerance for error, low physical effort, and size and space for approach and use.
For more information on Universal Design, please consult the following resources:
Burgstahler, Sheryl. Universal Design in Higher Education: Promising Practices Seattle: DO-IT, University of Washington, 2013.
- The most current version is freely available on the DO-IT website. It is presented as a series of accessible PDF files to make it easy for users to print or download various sections for courses, presentations, and training.
- Funded by the US Department of Labor, PEAT’s mission is to “foster collaborations in the technology space that build inclusive workplaces for people with disabilities. Our vision is a future where new and emerging technologies are accessible to the workforce by design.”
- Details how to design web pages and online forms at Hamilton College for people with a range of sight disabilities.
Recommended DEI Resources
Beheshti, Naz. “The Pandemic is taking an Enormous Toll on Working Moms but here’s How Employers Can Help With Gender Equity.” Forbes. July 29, 2020.
Dalton, Shamika, and Michele Villagran. (2018). Minimizing and Addressing Implicit Bias in the Workplace. C&RL News. 79(9): 478-481.
EDUCAUSE Inclusive, Bias-Free, Equitable Language Guide. v1.2. October 22, 2021.
Holeton, Richard. (2020). “Toward Inclusive Learning Spaces: Physiological, Cognitive, and Cultural Inclusion and the Learning Space Rating System.” Educause.
Levander, Caroline and Peter Decherney. “Education in the Time of Corona: The COVID-igital Divide.” Inside Higher Ed. June 10, 2020.
St. Amour, Madeline. “How Neurodivergent Students Are Getting Through the Pandemic.” Inside Higher Ed. May 13, 2020.
Torres, Monica. “Instead Of Saying 'Hey, Guys!' At Work, Try These Gender-Neutral Alternatives.” HuffPost. August 3, 2020.
Ward, Marguerite and Rachel Premack. “What is a microaggression? 14 things people think are fine to say at work — but are actually racist, sexist, or offensive.” Business Insider. June 3, 2020.
Wojciechowski, Robbie. “Worklife 101: Where 75% of Workers are on the Autistic Spectrum.” BBC. October 20, 2019.
Brown, Brené. Dare To Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. NY: Random House 2018. Burke HD57.7 .B764 2018.
Brown, Jennifer. How to be an inclusive leader: your role in creating cultures of belonging where everyone can thrive. Oakland, CA: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc., 2019.
Catlin, Karen. Better Allies: Everyday Actions to Create Inclusive Engaging Workplaces. CA: Better Allies Press, 2019. Burke HD6955 .C385 2019
DiAngelo, Robin. White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism. Boston: Beacon Press, 2018. HT1521 .D486 2018
Steele, Claude M. Whistling Vivaldi: And Other Clues to How Stereotypes Affect Us. NY: Norton, 2011. Burke HM1096 .S736 2010
Dr. Rochelle Newton's Diversity Chats. Youtube Channel.
GMA Team. “The GMA Inspiration List: Who's Making Black History in 2021?” February 4, 2021.
“Managing remote teams” - May 1, 2020 webinar sponsored by LLAMA (Library Leadership and Management Association).
McIntosh, Peggy. White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack. National Seed Project. 1989.