Welcome to the Sanford School of Pubic Policy's resource library for issues related to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. We hope these items are useful to you.

Educational Resources

Building a Multi-Ethnic, Inclusive & Antiracist Organization

This toolkit includes discussion questions, diagrams, and definitions for teaching about diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace from an antiracist perspective. Toolkit; Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence

Talking about Race Toolkit

This toolkit is a collection of the key strategies that we have found are necessary in combating the race wedge and advancing racial equity. Effectively talking about race is an essential skill for advancing racial equity. Toolkit; Center for Social Inclusion 

Racial Equity Tools

This website is designed to support individuals and groups working to achieve racial equity - it offers tools, research, tips, curricula and ideas for people who want to increase their own understanding and to help those working toward justice at every level - in systems, organizations, communities, and the culture at large. Toolkit; Racial Equity Tools

Center for Social Inclusion

This website features a variety of resources (reports, toolkits, policy papers, etc.) on racial equity. Toolkit; Center for Social Inclusion

The Groundwater Approach: Building a Practical Understanding of Structural Racism

This policy framework introduces strategies for addressing racial inequity through a structural approach. Rather than examining individual-level discrimination and life outcomes, the "groundwater approach" examines how existing systems perpetuate structural racism and reframes anti-racist policymaking to focus on institutional practices and cultures. Policy Framework, The Racial Equity Institute; Authors: Bayard Love and Deena Hayes-Greene 

Heavy: An American Memoir

In this memoir, Laymon writes eloquently and honestly about growing up as a hard-headed black son to a complicated a brilliant black mother in Jackson Mississippi. He writes about his experiences with sexual violence, college suspension, working as a college professor in New York, family relationships, anorexia, obesity, sex, writing, and gambling. He pushes readers to consider how to responsibly love and be truly free. Book by Kiese Laymon 

Discrimination in America: Experiences and Views of Latino

Findings from a nationally representative sample of U.S. adults illustrate that Latinos perceive significant discrimination across a wide range of areas of life. They also highlight that younger Latinos, non-immigrant Latinos, and Latinos with college degrees are significantly more likely to report personal experiences of many forms of discrimination. Research report; NPR

The Brutal History of Anti-Latino Discrimination in America

This article provides historical knowledge on school segregation, lynchings and mass deportations of Spanish-speaking U.S. citizens are just some of the injustices Latinos have faced. The piece concludes by citing examples of how anti-Latino discrimination in the U.S. is far from over. OpEd; History

Discrimination in America: Experiences and Views of Asian Americans

Findings from a nationally representative sample of U.S. adults illustrate that Asian Americans report and perceive discrimination across a wide range of areas of life. They also highlight that lower income and non-immigrant Asian Americans are more likely to report various experiences and perceptions of discrimination. Report; NPR

Race in America 2019

According to a new Pew Research Center survey, more than four-in-ten U.S. adults say the country hasn’t made enough progress toward racial equality. The report includes findings of opinions on the current state of race relations, the difference in Republicans' and Deomocrats' views on racial progress, and experiences with racial discrimination. Report; Pew Research

The Position of the Unthought

In this interview with Saidiya Hartman conducted by Frank B. Wilderson III, Hartman explains the trouble of agency-giving language used in narratives of slavery. Because the slave occupies the "position of the unthought" she is unable to have control over any part of her life. Stories that see the slave taking her life into her own hands, then, obscure the truth that the slave never had free will in any aspect of her life because she was owned by another human being. 


This article offers a critique of the concept of “people of color,” highlighting a form of blindness to the singularity of racial slavery internal to its articulation. The disseminated misrecognition of modern slavery is then traced in the discourse of post–civil rights racial politics, especially in the aftermath of September 11, 2001. Research Article by Jared Sexton

White Identity Politics

In White Identity Politics, Ashley Jardina offers a landmark analysis of emerging patterns of white identity and collective political behavior, drawing on sweeping data. White Identity Politics shows that disaffected whites are not just found among the working class; they make up a broad proportion of the American public - with profound implications for political behavior and the future of racial conflict in America. Book by Ashley Jardina

Proprieties of Coalition: Blacks, Asians, and the Politics of Policing

This article takes a critical look at the framing of urban multiracial coalition politics by professional intellectuals during the aftermath of the 1992 Los Angeles uprising, specifically academics in the field of Asian American Studies that attempted to explain the nature and sources of conflict between African Americans and Asian Americans. Research Article by Jared Sexton

Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life

While most people assume that the face of race gives rise to the practice of racism, sociologist Karen E. Fields and historian Barbara J. Fields argue otherwise: the practice of racism produces the illusion of race, through what they call “racecraft.” So pervasive are the devices of racecraft in American history, economic doctrine, politics, and everyday thinking that the presence of racecraft itself goes unnoticed. Book by Karen E. Fields and Barbara J. Fields

The Case for Reparations

Ta-Nehisi Coates, a writer for the Atlantic, argues that the idea of reparations ought to have an important place in discussions of race in America. In practice, it is not possible to come up with a monetary sum that would pay for centuries of enslavement and abuse. Coates argues that the idea of reparations is what’s important: that we need to begin by asking the question, by seriously considering what the nation might owe its black population after everything that’s been done to them. Op-ed; The Atlantic

Seeing White

Scene on Radio host and producer John Biewen, with regular guest Dr. Chenjerai Kumanyika, takes a deep dive into the questions: Where did the notion of “whiteness” come from? What does it mean? What is whiteness for?

Pod Save the People

Organizer and activist DeRay Mckesson explores news, culture, social justice, and politics through deep conversations with influencers and experts.

Intersectionality Matters

Intersectionality Matters! is a podcast hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw, an American civil rights advocate and a leading scholar of critical race


Our National Conversation About Conversation About Race

The hosts, Anna Holmes, Baratunde Thurston, Raquel Cepeda and Tanner Colby, engage in lively multiracial, interracial conversation about culture, identity, politics, power, and privilege in our pre-post-yet-still-very-racial America.

Still Processing

Wesley Morris and Jenna Wortham, two culture writers for The New York Times devour TV, movies, art, music and the internet to find the things that move them — to tears, awe and anger.

Sooo Many White Guys

Host Phoebe Robinson hosts intimate, funny and super honest conversations with musicians, actors, writers and comedians who are killing it in their fields--AND who aren’t white dudes!

Code Switch

NPR journalists of color discuss issues about race honestly, empathetically, and sometimes uncomfortably.


Nine American citizens describe their struggle to belong in a nation that both embraces and rejects them. Short non-fiction series, dir. Bayeté Ross Smith

I Am Not Your Negro

Director Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, Remember This House. It is a journey into black history that connects the Civil Rights movement to #BlackLivesMatter. It questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. Documentary, dir. Raoul Peck


In this thought-provoking documentary, scholars, activists and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom. Documentary, dir. Ava DuVernay

White Like Me: Race, Racism, and White Privilege in America

White Like Me, based on the work of acclaimed anti-racist educator and author Tim Wise, explores race and racism in the US through the lens of whiteness and white privilege. Documentary, dir. Jeremy Young