Resources to Improve Our Racial Climate

Participants discuss diversity topics in a workshop

At this time of current — but certainly not new — calls to address race-based inequities, NC State community members may seek resources and avenues for education about how to process difficult events, how to help stop racial injustice or how to enact inclusive practices within their organizations.

We respect the varying emotional and physical capacities that individual community members may have at this difficult time, including those of our own staff and students.

Our highest priority in the current time is to support our communities of color, and in particular our Black staff, faculty and students. We acknowledge the pain, anger and fear they may be experiencing. To these members of our community, we hope you will attend to your own self-care, safety and protection, and we will not add the burden of having to undertake the additional responsibility of tending to and/or educating others, beyond your normal obligations.

Often, non-marginalized members of society look to the marginalized community members to provide guidance on aspects of society that require change. While we question the fairness of this approach, it is particularly unwanted, and even harmful, in times of crisis.

However, we also acknowledge that non-marginalized members of our community may have the desire, resources and power to begin or continue the work toward social justice, and may be able to make a positive impact. To that end, we provide two lists of suggested resources below.

Resources for Fighting Injustice

From the Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity

DiversityEdu Online Cultural Competence Training

DiversityEdu is an online course focusing on engaging with diversity and growing an inclusive culture. This training is now open to all faculty and staff. Modules for students are coming soon. Register in Reporter. (Also, learn more about our Cultural Competence and Inclusivity Certificate Program for Faculty.)

Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity Online Resources

Visit OIED’s newly-published comprehensive source for diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice resources. These curated resources are free and provide excellent guidance for anyone seeking to learn more from current thought leaders. Let us know if you have additional ongoing resources to add to our list.

From the Office for Faculty Development

RED Inclusive Teaching Certification

The Inclusive Teaching Certification enables faculty and teaching graduate students to reflect on multiple facets of inclusive teaching, encompassing the creation of a welcoming, equitable course climate; the design and implementation of accessible and inclusive classroom practices and assessments; and the selection and implementation of inclusive, diverse course content.

Faculty Forum Blog

The Office for Faculty Development’s blog contains timely information from faculty members relating to current critical needs, including online teaching, the pandemic, social justice, racism and combinations thereof.

Additional Recommended Resources

Critical Racial and Social Justice Education

Robin DiAngelo, multicultural education expert and author of White Fragility, provides a range of resources, including videos and writings, on her website.

Living Room Conversations

The Race and Ethnicity Conversation Series from Living Room Conversations provides a framework for approaching the complexities of race and ethnicity and their impacts on people. We encourage you to use these constructive conversations as a model for your own conversations. See Getting Started for guidance.

Racial Equity Institute

The Racial Equity Institute (REI) describes itself as an alliance of trainers, organizers and institutional leaders who have devoted themselves to the work of creating racially equitable organizations and systems. Their website has a blog and resources as well as services such as workshops and consulting.

Showing up for Racial Justice

This national Showing up for Racial Justice (SURJ) organization has affiliate chapters across the U.S. These chapters work to achieve racial justice goals on the local and national levels through the SURJ Theory of Change. Review their resources, join, start a chapter, or donate.

Talking About Race

The National Museum of African American History and Culture offers this family-friendly resources for the lifelong journey of talking about race and why it matters for everyone, including educators, parents, caregivers, and everyday people. Topics include social identities, systems of oppression, community building, the historical foundations of race and many others.

Teaching Tolerance

The Southern Poverty Law Center provides a comprehensive resource on their systematic approach to anti-bias, social justice and civil rights education for both educators and professionals through its Teaching Tolerance website. Learn about standards and critical practices your organization should adopt.

Resources for Self-Care

Campus Resources

NC State’s Student Health Services and Counseling Center are available for students needing medical help. The Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FASAP) is available for employees who need help. Please call 911 if you have an emergency.

Love is Louder

The JED Foundation provides resources for those who may be struggling, addressing ways to stay calm, active or connected, as appropriate on its Love is Louder website. For those needing immediate assistance, crisis phone line information is available.

Southern Coalition for Social Justice

With a mission to empower communities that change the South, this coalition partners with communities of color to defend and advance political, social and economic rights. Focus areas include policing issues, crossover youth and incarceration.

Anti-Racist Literature

(List courtesy of anti-racist researcher Victoria Alexander. See also her Anti-Racist Resource Guide for more books, articles, documentaries, films and podcasts.)

  • Stamped from the Beginning, Ibram X. Kendi
  • A People’s History of the United States, Howard Zinn
  • White Fragility, Robin Diangelo
  • So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo
  • The Burning House, Anders Walker
  • The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander
  • Just Mercy, Bryan Stephenson
  • The Condemnation of Blackness, Khalid Gibran Muhummad
  • Dying of Whiteness, Jonathan M. Metzl
  • A Different Mirror, Ronald Takari
  • How to Be an Anti-Racist, Ibram X. Kendi
  • Evicted, Matthew Desmond
  • Nobody, Marc Lamont HIll
  • Lies My Teacher Told Me, James. W. Loewen
  • Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?, Beverly Daniel Tatum
  • The Color of Law, Richard Rothstein
  • Blackballed, Darryl Pinckney
  • The Warmth of Other Suns, Isabel Wilkerson
  • The Fire Next Time, James Baldwin
  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X, Aex Haley
  • Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • killing rage, bell hooks
  • Becoming, Michelle Obama
  • How We Get Free, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
  • Black Feminist Thought, Patricia Hill Collins
  • ain’t i a woman: black women and feminism, bell hooks
  • Bad Feminist, Roxane Gay
  • Eloquent Rage, Brittney Cooper
  • In Search of our Mothers’ Gardens, Alice Walker
  • Sister Outsider, Audre Lorde
  • Women, Race and Class, Angela Y. Davis
  • Assata: An Autobiography, Assata Shakur
  • Giovanni’s Room, James Baldwin
  • Zami: A New Spelling of My Name, Audre Lorde
  • Real Life, Brandon Taylor
  • Unapologetic, 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, Stacyann Chin
  • No Ashes in the Fire, Darnell L. Moore
  • The Summer We Got Free, Mia McKenzie