Readings on Anti-Racism: A Resource

This year, conversations throughout the college among students, staff, administration, and faculty focused on creating a more inclusive and anti-racist academic environment. Many of these dialogues and their outcomes can be explored through the links provided below. The School of Visual, Media, and Performing Arts participated in this work by holding workshops with Inspire Justice, an organization that specializes in transformative justice training and social impact advising. The college’s Office of Diversity and Equity Programs also led anti-racism and anti-bias training for our faculty and students. These sessions allowed us to come together and discuss how to better create safe and inclusive environments, to support dialogue, and to encourage an exchange of ideas and opinions. Other committees, at both the school and department levels focused on readings and pedagogical resources to help decolonize the curriculum. This work is just the beginning, but are the necessary steps that will lead us to greater understanding and equality as a school and as an institution.

The following sources serve as an introductory guide about practices to create an anti-racist classroom. This is not a complete list, but simply a work in progress. Additional readings, websites, podcasts, books, and articles will be added as our work continues.

Developing an Anti-Racist Pedagogy

  • Ahmed, S. Speaking about racism. In S. Ahmed On being included: Racism and diversity in institutional life. 141-71. Duke U.P., 2012.
  • Ash, A. Hill, R., Risdon, S.N., & Jun, A. Anti-racism in higher education: A model for change. Race and Pedagogy Journal, 4(3), 1–35. 2020.
  • Blakeney, A.M. Antiracist pedagogy: Definition, theory, purpose, and professional development. Journal of Curriculum & Pedagogy 2(1), 119–32. 2011.
  • Bolgatz, J. Talking Race in the Classroom. New York: Teachers College Press, 2005.
  • DeChavez, Y. (October 8). It’s time to decolonize that syllabus. The Los Angeles TimesBooks. 2018
  • Desai, M. A. (May 31). You Too Can—and Must—Lead Class Discussions on Social Justice Issues, Lessons Learned from Writing and Teaching a Case About the Tulsa Massacre. 2021.
  • Gupta, S. (May 21). Your Asian and AAPI Students Want to Hear from You. Actions Educators Can Take to Support Students—and Amplify Their Voices. 2021.
  • Haynes, C. Dismantling the White supremacy embedded in our classrooms: White faculty in pursuit of more equitable educational outcomes. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 29(1), 87–107. 2017.
  • Hooks, B. Teaching community: A pedagogy of hope (Vol. 36). Psychology Press. 2003.
  • Hooks, B. Teaching to transgress. Routledge. 2014.
  • Jett, C.C. Culturally responsive collegiate mathematics education: Implications for African-American students. Interdisciplinary Journal of Teaching and Learning, 3, 102–116. 2013.
  • Kernahan, C. Teaching about race and racism in the college classroom: Notes from a white professor. West Virginia U.P. 2019.
  • Kishimoto, K. Anti-racist pedagogy: From faculty’s self-reflection to organizing within and beyond the classroom. Race Ethnicity and Education, 21(4), 540–554. 2018.
  • Kleinrock, E. (June 30). Anti-racist work in schools: Are you in it for the long haul? Teaching Tolerance. 2020.
  • Laboiron, M. (August 10). Decolonizing your syllabus? You might have missed some steps. 2019.
  • Love, B. L. We want to do more than survive: Abolitionist teaching and the pursuit of educational freedom. Beacon Press. 2019.
  • McKamey, P. (June 17). What anti-racist teachers do differently. The Atlantic 2020.
  • McMurtrie, B. (July 2). Interrogating your discipline, and other ways into anti-racist teaching. The Chronicle of Higher Education. 2020.
  • Pollock, M. Colormute: Race Talk Dilemmas in an American School. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. 2004.
  • Pollock, M. (Ed.) Everyday Antiracism: Getting Real About Race in School. New. York: The New Press. 2008.
  • Smith, L., Kashubeck-West, S., Payton, G., & Adams, E. White professors teaching about racism: Challenges and rewards. The Counseling Psychologist, 45(5), 651–68. 2017.
  • Steele, Claude M. Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do. New York: W. W Norton & Company, 2010.
  • Taylor, S.D., Veri, M.J., Eliason, M., Hermoso, J.C.R., Bolter, N.D., & Van Olphen, J.E. The social justice syllabus design tool: A first step in doing social justice pedagogy. Journal Committed to Social Change on Race and Ethnicity (JCSCORE), 5(2), 133–66. 2019.
  • Warren-Grace, A. (August). Show don’t tell: Decolonize your classroom, syllabus, rules, and practices. Liberated Genius Blog. 2019.
  • Zheng, Lily, (May 27). To Dismantle Anti-Asian Racism, We Must Understand Its Roots, In the wake of the Atlanta shootings, corporate America struggled to meet the moment. Harvard Business Review. 2021.


TED Talks

Managing Stress


  • Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem. (2020). Don’t Understand the Protests? What You’re Seeing is People Pushed to the Edge. Los Angeles Times.
  • Bell, Lee Ann, “Expanding Definitions of ‘Good Teaching’,” Everyday Anti-Racism: Getting Real about Race in School edited by Mica Pollock, New York, 2008.
  • DiAngelo, Robin. (2017). Why It’s So Hard to Talk to White People About Racism. Huffington Post.
  • DiAngelo, Robin. White Fragility, Boston, 2018.
  • Fleming, Crystal. How to Be Less Stupid About Race: On Racism, White Supremacy, and the Racial Divide. New York: Penguin Random House, 2019.
  • Kendi, Ibram X. How to Be an Antiracist. New York: One World, 2019.
  • Leonardo, Zeus and Alicia Broderick. Smartness as Property: A Critical Exploration of Intersections Between Whiteness and Disability Studies, 2011.
  • McIntosh, Peggy. White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack. Antiracist Alliance, 1990.
  • Serwer, Adam. (2020). The Coronavirus Was an Emergency Until Trump Found Out Who Was Dying. The Atlantic.
  • Singleton, Glenn. Courageous Conversations about Race: A Field Guide for Achieving Equity in Schools. Los Angeles: Corwin, 2015.
  • Tatum, B. D. “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?” and Other Conversations About Race. New York: Harper/Collins. 1997.
  • Tatum, B.D. “Can We Talk About Race?” and Other Conversations in an Era of School Resegregation. New York: Beacon Press, 2007.
  • West, Cornel. Race Matters. Boston: Beacon Press, 1993.
  • Williams, Chad, Kidada E. Williams, and Keisha N. Blain. (Eds.) Charleston Syllabus: Readings on Race, Racism, and Racial Violence. Athens: The University of Georgia Press, 2016.
  • Wing Sue, Derald. Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence: Understanding and Facilitating Difficult Dialogues on Race. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2015.


  • Cora Learning. (2020, April 28). Responding to racial bias and microaggressions in the online environment, YouTube video.
  • Daniel G. Solórzano (Author), Lindsay Pérez Huber (Author) Racial Microaggressions Using Critical Race Theory to Respond to Everyday Racism (Multicultural Education Series, 2020.
  • Torino, Gina C. David P. Rivera, Christina M. Capodilupo, Kevin L. Nadal, Derald Wing Sue, Everything You Wanted to Know About Microaggressions but Didn’t Get a Chance to Ask, 2018.
  • Wing Sue, Derald , Christina M. Capodilupo, Gina C. Torino, Jennifer M. Bucceri, Aisha M. B. Holder, Kevin L. Nadal, and Marta Esquilin, Racial Microaggressions in Everyday Life, American Psychologist, 2007.

Art Resources

  • Kraehe, A., R. Gaztambide-Fernandez, B.S. Carpenter. The Palgrave Handbook of Race and the Arts in Education, 2018.
  • Levine, G. Art and Tradition in a Time of Uprisings, 2020.
  • Olson, K, Social Practice Art in Turbulent Times, 2019.
  • Pinder, K. N. Racing-Art History: Critical Readings in Race and Art History. New York, 2002.

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