"You're a racist!" These are words that generate many types of emotion dependent on the experiences you have had on race. Diversity, Equity & Inclusion are delicate topics because we as a society with various experiences have asserted different meanings for the same words. Unfortunately, we do not as a norm provide the time to be critically reflective in general much less on sensitive topics. For this reason, we have curated common Definition of Terms that you can review and share with your colleagues or just familiarize yourself with as you continue this journey to catalyze the brilliance in everyone! We invite you to follow the process that include various steps as a way to engage with the ongoing learning we all have to go through.




Below is an ever-growing collectively curated list of resources (books and films) that we helpful in supporting and expanding our growth and effectiveness as educators. Please share any additional resources/titles with us!


This is a special invitation to deepen your understanding of our humanity by acknowledging the historical & present trauma we are part of and how it manifests based on fear, anger, rage, faith, hope & love. Like any path that one takes, one is able to improve whatever one practices. What one practices also increases one’s belief and awareness. If you already believe in something, you may already be practicing the behaviors needed to reinforce your belief. The purpose of examining & reflecting on these topics is not to generate blame or shame for any one group, rather to push past these emotions and challenge ourselves to see the strength of our humanity as a result of these events and a system designed with the unfortunate consequence to destroy our humanity (More information on the Oppression Matrix can be provided). However, if we do not understand the problem well enough, we are not able to solve the problem. We need each other – those who focus on understanding the problem and those who focus on finding a solution. This is our journey. The first step that never ends is your own personal reflective practice. We invite you to consider our reflective practice tool to guide you through the readings (see visual on last page)

Whatever your professional or personal journey may be, this invitation is meant to explore the following films, books and conferences that deepen our awareness and informs our practice. If you are asking yourself where to begin, we suggest that the beginning is anywhere that peaks your interest. The following is divided into certain categories, followed by films and finally a reading list that is age appropriate. This is limited reading list but one that has guided E3 acknowledging a U.S.-centric focus due to the highly refined level of oppression.


We look forward to hearing from you with a clear intention that we can collectively increase our critical consciousness to see the brilliance in each of us!


o   Authentic Conversation by Jamie & Maren Showkeir

o   Humble Inquiry by Edgar Schein

o   The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

o   Ecology of Democracy & Why Public Schools, Whose Public Schools? by D. Mathews

o   White Privilege, P. McIntosh

o   Why We Can’t Teach What We Don’t Know, G. Howard

o   Pedagogy of the Oppressed by P. Freire

o   The Art of Mindful Facilitation & the Practice of Honoring Diversity, Lee Mun Wah

o   The Art of Effective Facilitation: Reflections from Social Justice Educators by L. Landerman




1)    When God was a Woman, M. Stone & 1421, G. Menzies

2)    An indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, R. Dunbar-Ortiz

3)    Before the Mayflower, L. Bennet

4)    500 years of Chicana History, Elizabeth (Betita) Martinez

5)    Occupied America: A History of Chicanos, R. Acuna

6)    The Classic Slave Narratives, H. L. Gates

7)    Iron Cages, R. Takaki

8)    The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, Anne Fadiman

9)    Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, D. Brown

10) Borderlands: La Frontera, G. Anzaldua

11) Cane River, L. Tademy

12) Souls of Black Folk, W.E.B. DuBois

13) My Larger Education, B. T. Washington

14) Always Running AND It Calls You Back, Luis Rodriguez

15) The Jungle, U. Sinclair




1)    Pedagogy of Freedom & Pedagogy of Hope by P. Freire

2)    Autobiography of Malcom X, A. Haley & M. X and Native Son, J. Baldwin

3)    Guns, Germ & Steel, J. Diamond

4)    Things Fall Apart, C. Achebe & A Small Place, J. Kincaid & Self-Taught, H. Williams

5)    Race Matters, C. West

6)    Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect us all and what we can do by Dr. C. Steele

7)    Race, Class, and Gender, M. Anderson

8)    Deculturalization and the Struggle for Equality: J. Spring

9)    A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America, R. Takaki

10) Post-traumatic Slave Syndrome, J. DeGruy

11) The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander (J.D.)

12) Privilege, Power, and Difference, by A. Johnson




1)    Community Educators, P. Moore Harbour

2)    Diversity and Citizenship Education, J. Banks

3)    Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race & Sex, K. Crenshaw

4)    It’s All in the Family: Intersections of gender, race & nation, Hill-Collins

5)    Other People’s Children, L. Delpit

6)    Courageous Conversations on Race, G. Singleton

7)    Savage Inequalities, J. Kozol and The American School, J. Spring

8)    The People's History of the United States, H. Zinn

9)    Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? B. Tatum

10) Why Race and Culture Matter in Schools, T. Howard

11) The DreamKeepers, G. Ladson-Billings

12) Teaching to Trangress, b. hooks

13) Pedagogy of Confidence, Y. Jackson

14) Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain, Z. Hammond




1)    Why We Can’t Teach What We Don’t Know, G. Howard

2)    Affirming Diversity, S. Nieto

3)    Courage to Teach, P. Palmer & Teaching Tips, S. Rogers

4)    Creating Learning Communities, R. Miller

5)    Cultural Responsive Teaching, G. Gay

6)    Multicultural Education, J. Banks

7)    Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice, M. Adams, L. Bell and P. Griffin

8)    We can have better Urban Schools, P. Walker

9)    The Art of Critical Pedagogy, J. Duncan-Andrade and E. Morrell

10) White Teachers/Diverse Classrooms, J. Landsman & C. Lewis

11) *Teaching Truly: A curriculum to Indigenize Mainstream Education, Four Arrows

12) Dismantling Privilege, M. Hobgood




1)    Becoming Americans, Edited by I. Stavans

2)    Children of Immigration, C. Suarez-Orozco & M. Suarez-Orozco

3)    Ethnic Labes-Latino Lives, S. Oboler

4)    Hidden in the Heartland, N. Brown Diggs

5)    Made in America, L. Olsen

6)    Teachers, Human Rights, and Diversity, A. Osler

7)    Why the Cocks Fight, M. Wucker

8)    The Spirit Level, R. Wilkinson

9)    Voices of Queer Youth in Urban Schools, Blackburn & McCready

10) Just Mercy: A story of justice & redemption, B. Stevenson




1)    The Stranger, A. Camus, The Alchemist, P. Coelho, The Little Prince, A. de Saint-Exupery

2)    Imagined Communities, B. Anderson

3)    Blink AND Outliers, M. Gladwell, and A Whole New Mind, D. Pink

4)    Achieving Our Country, R. Rorty

5)    For Love or Country, M. Nussabaum

6)    Global Achievement Gap, T. Wagner

7)    Leadership for Social Justice: Making Revolution in Education, C. Marshal & M. Oliva

8)    Salsa, Soul, and Spirit: Leadership for a Multicultural Age

9)    The World is Flat, T. Friedman
10)  We make the road by walking, M. Horton, P. Freire, B. Bell, J. Gaventa, J. Peters
11)  The Black History of the White House, C. Lusane
12)  Washington: A Life, by Ron Chernow
13)  Diversity Calling-An anthology by the DICE group-edited by Dr. J. McManus
14)  Case Studies on Diversity & Social Justice Education, P. Gorski

15) Stamped from the Beginning, Ibram X. Kendi

16) The Prince, N. Machiavelli



Educational Methods

  • Multiple Intelligence Theory- (Gardner)
  • Youth Development Theory-(Pittman, Catalano)
  • Emotional Intelligence Theory- (Goleman)
  • Social and Emotional Learning-(Elias, Zims)
  • Multicultural Education Theory- (Banks, Gay)
  • Pedagogy of Hope & Education for Critical Consciousness (Freire)
  • Theater of the Oppressed (Boal)
  • Critical Race Theory (Delgado, Ladson-Billings)
  • Civic Activism as a Component of Youth Development (Sullivan)
  • Pedagogy of Confidence (Y. Jackson)



  • American History X
  • Bamboozled
  • The Believer
  • The Chamber
  • The Color Purple
  • Crazy in Alabama
  • Do the Right Thing
  • Get on the Bus
  • The Glass Shield
  • Glory
  • He Got Game
  • Pleasantville
  • Pocahontas
  • Rabbit Proof Fences
  • Hotel Rwanda
  • True Lies
  • Usual Suspects
  • Daughters of the Dust
  • Like Water for Chocolate
  • Bend it Like Beckham
  • Indecent Proposal
  • Mad Dog
  • In the time of Butterflies
  • Blindspotting



**Storytelling & Truth-telling

**Humanity’s Cup: Tales from the inner circle by Dr. Kecia Brown

**Poems about this Roller-Coaster Ride called LIFE by Kaira Portillo-Espinoza

**Cracking the Code by Dr. S. Butler (film)

**Color of Fear (Lee Mun Wah)

**PBS-Power of Illusion & Harvard-Implicit Bias Test






Websites for more Resources