Diversity Resource Guide

This resource guide includes readings, podcasts, videos, and teaching tools to facilitate your continued growth in the work of diversity. The list is in no way intended to be comprehensive, but instead offers a sample of resources that are organized by a guiding question and categorized by the following levels of engagement:

  • ON-RAMP: Recommendations for those who are new to the work of diversity. These resources serve as an entry point to the ongoing diversity conversation and process of growth.
  • EARLY STEPS: Recommendations for those who have had conversational/lived experience of diversity and are looking for what to do next and where to bring new questions.
  • CONTINUED GROWTH: Recommendations for those who have had ongoing conversational/lived/studied experiences with this topic and are looking for deeper engagement.

Questions

What are some ways to understand diversity?

ON-RAMP

Diversity: What It Isn’t…” by Joe Gerstandt (Workforce Diversity Network, 2009). Article, 9 minute read. Dispels some of the myths about the work of diversity.

"Privileged" by Kyle Korver (The Players Tribune, 2019). Article, 18 minute read. An NBA player shares his realization of racism, privilege, and the need to take responsibility for being part of change.

EARLY STEPS

Diversity in America, 3rd Ed. by Vincent N. Parrillo (Sage Publications, 2009). Book, 240 pages. Uses history and sociology to address “socially constructed myths about our past, misunderstandings from our present, and anxieties about our future.”

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How is diversity connected to my Christian faith?

ON-RAMP

Exclusion and Embrace: A Theological Exploration of Identity, Otherness, and Reconciliation by Miraslov Volf (Abingdon Press, 1996). Book, 306 pages. Describes the process of opening oneself to the “other,” as opposed to acting in fear and anger toward difference.

Prophetic Lament: A Call for Justice in Troubled Times by Soong-Chan Rah (IVP Books, 2015). Book, 224 pages. Unpacks the book of Lamentations as a lens for examining the church’s engagement with struggle, suffering, and injustice.

Roadmap to Reconciliation: Moving Communities into Unity, Wholeness and Justice by Brenda Salter McNeil (IVP, 2016). Book, 139 pages. Provides a process and resources for individuals and groups to address injustice and inequality in their communities.

CONTINUED GROWTH

Empathy, Anger, and the Righting of Injustice” by Nicholas Wolterstorff. Video, 1:17. Explores questions around empathy and anger in response to injustice.

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How have systems like race affected communities, and how do they continue to do so?

ON-RAMP

Segregated Seattle” by the Seattle Civil Rights & Labor History Project (University of Washington). Website. Series of articles, reports, and interactive maps describing the practice and effects of redlining in Seattle.

Episode 32: How Race Was Made (Seeing White, Part 2)” by Scene on Radio (2017). Podcast, :29. Explores the history of the idea of race.

EARLY STEPS

The Future of Church-Race Relations: Why Looking Back Might Be the Best Way for the Church to Look Ahead by Jemar Tisby with Wesley Hill (Comment, 2019). Article, 35 minute read. Discusses the importance of the church knowing and owning its history.

Race & Place: How Urban Geography Shapes the Journey to Reconciliation by David Leong (IVP Books, 2017). Book, 224 pages. Unpacks how physical structures and locations impact efforts toward racial justice.

Race – The Power of an Illusion: How the Racial Wealth Gap Was Created by California News Reel (2003). Video, :29. This excerpt from the three-part documentary series explores historical context for the racial wealth gap in America.

CONTINUED GROWTH

The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the Church’s Complicity in Racism, Jemar Tisby (Zondervan, 2019). Book, 256 pages. Surveys American Christianity’s racialized history and suggests ways to bring equity and justice.

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Why is it important for us to acknowledge the past as we engage the complexities and tensions of diversity today?

ON-RAMP

Remembrance & Witness: A Seattle Pacific Diversity Timeline by the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (Seattle Pacific University, 2019). Visual display located in the Weter Student Lounge. Explores how Seattle Pacific has engaged and experienced diversity over time.

EARLY STEPS

What Census Calls Us: A Historical Timeline” by the Pew Research Center (2015). Website. Explores the categories of race, ethnicity, and origin used in the U.S. census from 1790 to 2010.

CONTINUED GROWTH

Ecclesiastical Reparations” by Duke Kwon (Q Commons). Video, :23. Discusses an opportunity for the Church to engage in radical repair.

Doctrine of Discovery” by Mark Charles. Video, :38. Advocates for common memory about history in order to facilitate healing.

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How do I respectfully engage all people?

ON-RAMP

Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces that Keep Us Apart by Cristena Cleveland (IVP Books, 2013). Book, 220 pages. Examines the dynamics that separate us from others and gives tools to address this separation

EARLY STEPS

"Tool: Interrupting Microaggressions", adapted from Greta Kenney (2014), Ron Kraybill (2008), Michelle LeBaron. Article, 11 minute read. Provides interventions and alternative communication approaches to address microaggressions.

The Good News About Conflict: Transforming Religious Struggle Over Sexuality by Jannell Paris (Wipf & Stock, 2016). Book, 120 pages. Explores the nature of religious conflict and presents this as a venue for strengthening faith and community.

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What is the current diversity landscape in higher education?

ON-RAMP

For A Black Mathematician, What It’s Like to Be the ‘Only One’” by Amy Harmon (The New York Times, 2019). Article, 17 minute read. Explores the experience of a Black mathematician as a tenured professor at a major research university.

Diversity Matters: Race, Ethnicity, and the Future of Christian Higher Education edited by Karen A. Longman (Abilene Christian University Press, 2017). Book, 386 pages. Collection of case studies, strategies, and practitioner insights, focusing on the call to diversity in Christian higher education.

EARLY STEPS

An Inclusive Academy: Achieving Diversity and Excellence by Abigail J. Steward and Virginia Valian (MIT, 2018). Book, 528 pages. Addresses practices of exclusion and barriers to inclusion in the academy.

CONTINUED GROWTH

On Being Included: Racism and Diversity in Institutional Life by Sara Ahmed (Duke University Press, 2012). Book, 256 pages. Explores the difficulties and dilemmas that practitioners experience in “doing diversity.”

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How does diversity connect to my work organizationally?

ON-RAMP

What If?: Short Stories to Spark Inclusion & Diversity Dialogue by Steve Robbins (Nicholas Brealey Publishing, 2018). Book, 272 pages. Explores unconscious bias within individuals and organizations.

Six Simple Things You Can Do to Support Workplace Diversity and Inclusion” by Paolo Gaudiano and Ellen Hunt (Forbes, 2016). Article, 7 minute read. Discusses practical ways you can contribute to the work of diversity in your daily and professional life.

EARLY STEPS

Network Diversification: 15 Tips for Expanding Your Professional Contacts” by Forbes Coaches Council (Forbes, 2018). Article, 10 minute read. 15 entrepreneurs share practical strategies for developing more diverse professional networks.

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What can I do to engage diversity in the classroom?

ON-RAMP

Inventory of Inclusive Teaching Strategies” by the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (University of Michigan, 2017). Article, 10 minute read. Provides a helpful inventory to reflect on your current practices and to identify new strategies.

Classroom Critical Incident Questionnaire (CIQ)” by the Texas A&M Center for Teaching Excellence. Article, 5 minute read. An evaluative tool that can be used to "check in" with students and find out how they are experiencing their learning in the classroom.

EARLY STEPS

The Interest Inventory” by Jennifer Garrett and Mary Clement (Faculty Focus, 2018). Article, 7 minute read. Includes a variety of suggested questions for learning more about your students.

Diversity and Inclusion Syllabus Statements” by The Harriet W. Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning (Brown University). Article, 8 minute read. Describes how to articulate a commitment to diversity and communicate a desire to foster an inclusive classroom environment.

Promote a Growth Mindset” by the Eberly Center (Carnegie Mellon University). Article, 5 minute read. Provides strategies for fostering a growth mindset among students.

What strategies are you currently using to engage diversity in the classroom? Submit your examples here.

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What else can I do for continued personal reflection and learning?

ON-RAMP

White Awake: An Honest Look at What It Means to Be White by Daniel Hill (IVP Books, 2017). Book, 192 pages. Describes a discipleship process of personal identity development which focuses on personal and social realities in the areas of race, culture, and identity.

Pondering Privilege: Toward a Deeper Understanding of Whiteness, Race and Faith by Jody Wiley Fernando (Next Step Resources, 2016). Book, 85 pages. Utilizes personal reflection to explore the importance of talking about race.

EARLY STEPS

Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong by James W. Loewen (The New Press, reprint edition, 2018). Book, 480 pages. Addresses the historical myths in our national memory.

CONTINUED GROWTH

Read an article or book, or listen to a podcast by someone in your field who comes from a different life-experience than you. Share what you are reading and listening to.

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