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"3 Things To Consider When Choosing Between Calling Someone Out Or Calling Them In." Maisha Z. Johnson. March 21, 2015. Everyday Feminism.
Article discusses effective actions to address oppressive behavior even among fellow activists.
“You Won’t Believe What They Said in Class Today”: Professors’ Reflections on Student Resistance in Multicultural Education Courses." Alyssa Hadley Dunn, Erica K. Dotson, Jillian C. Ford, and Mari Ann Roberts. April 30, 2014. Multicultural Perspectives.
This article discusses the ways the authors, as professors of multicultural education with different identities and experiences, attempt to understand and respond to students’ implicit or explicit resistance in the classroom. The authors explore more from a personal, experiential place than an empirical approach. Consideration is given to who the authors are and how they bring various identities to the classroom, which help to shape student commentary.
"In These Times of Racial Strife, A White Professor Explores the Prevalence of ‘White Fragility’." Nick Chiles. Atlanta Black Star. March 18, 2015.
Robin DiAngelo, a professor of multicultural education, explores the prevalence of white fragility. White fragility is the state when white people cannot deal with the stress of facing racism or white supremacy. They often act out or shut down and become defensive. She argues that some white people consciously get defensive, but many white people have a severe emotional reaction. She links this to white supremacy and how society has been constructed to favor and privilege white people from the time they are born.
"Straight Talk For White Men." Nicholas Kristof. The New York Times. February, 21, 2015.
The evidence is overwhelming that unconscious bias remains widespread in ways that systematically benefit both white people and men. White men get a “double dividend” or payoff from racial and gender biases. The author explores the concepts of race without racism and misogyny without misogynists, where well-meaning people who believe in equal rights actually make decisions that transmit racism and sexism. He urges white men, in particular, to step up and acknowledge that they have unconscious bias and not deny it when it is brought to their attention.
"Kyriarchy 101: We’re Not Just Fighting the Patriarchy Anymore." Sian Ferguson. Everyday Feminism. April 2014.
In 1989, Kimberle Crenshaw coined the term “intersectional feminism” to explain the social order that privileges and oppresses people based on race, gender, language, class, sexual orientation, (dis)ability, culture, and so on. This article uses the term kyriarchy, which is more in line with the idea of intersectional feminism and not as problematic as the term patriarchy can be. Kyriarchy seeks to redefine the the analytic category of patriarchy in terms of multiplicative intersecting structures of domination.
"Faculty Diversity: We Still Have A Lot To Learn." Lucinda Roy. The Chronicle of Higher Education. November 18, 2013.
This article asserts that if the desire for diversity is the primary motive for hiring, however well meaning it might be, minority faculty should proceed with caution. The author explains ways that minority faculty members can actually be welcomed and supported, rather than just given lip service about diversity.
"Joyful White Guys Finish Ahead of Struggling Woman and Black Man in this University’s Catalog." Travis Gettys. March 19, 2015. Raw Story.
University of North Georgia’s catalog depicted white men winning a race, with the women and black man lagging behind on the cover of their course catalog. The University pulled the remaining catalogs and said that this “isolated incident” was not representative of the university’s commitment to diversity.
"The Best States for Women in 11 Maps and Charts." Niraj Chokshi. Washington Post. May 20, 2015.
This article highlight a new report called “The Status of Women in the States.” It shows a quantification of gender inequality in the U.S. broken down by state.
"From Cruelty to Goodness." Philip Hallie.
Hallie considers institutionalized cruelty and how it not only physically assaults its victims, but also assaults their dignity and self respect. For Hallie, the opposite of being cruel , nor is it fighting cruelty with violence and hatred, Rather, it is the unpretentious and unambiguous goodness who follow positive injunctions like the biblical, “Defend the fatherless” and “be your brother’s keeper.”
"In Promoting Campus Diversity, Don’t Dismiss Religion." Eboo Patel. March 11, 2015. The Chronicle of Higher Education.
This article talks about how higher education has done the difficult work of engaging diversity issues related to gender, race, ethnicity, and sexuality, but religious identity is often dismissed or treated with derision. The author argues that celebrating diversity is not just about dealing with differences that you like, but about dealing with the differences that are central to the nation, to students, and to the world.
"Why America’s Obsession with STEM Education is Dangerous." Fareed Zakaria. March 26, 2015. Washington Post.
Article discusses the perils of national understandings that abandon a liberal education in favor of technical training to ensure that Americans survive in an age defined by technology and global competition. Dismissal of broad-based learning comes from a fundamental misreading of facts that puts American on a dangerously narrow path for the future. Defense of a broad general education argues it fosters critical thinking and creativity, and that exposure to a variety of fields (including science & technology) produces synergy and cross-fertilization.
Racial Disparities in Higher Education: an Overview
By: Beckie Supiano
The Chronicle of Higher Education, November 10, 2015
This article looks at the statistics of racial disparities across college campuses in the U.S., in light of current events.
Microaggressions: More than Just Race
By: Derald Wing Sue
Psychology Today, November 17, 2010
This article explains microaggressions and how they can encompass more than just race. It gives the definition of microaggressions and goes on to make the point that racial-based microagressions are only one type and there are many more.
Diversity Training Is in Demand. Does It Work?
By: Steve Kolowich
The Chronicle of Higher Education, November 20, 2015
This articles highlights research done on the effectiveness of diversity training programs on college campuses and other workplaces. Findings conclude that while diversity trainings help to change the way people think, they do not always change the way people feel. There is no strong evidence to suggest that diversity training changes people’s attitude over the long term. The researchers did, however, learn that people can learn new ways of thinking about things like race and that thinking can lead people to act against their feelings and instincts. The research finds that real change takes time and commitment and diversity training should not just be used as a checkbox.
‘Microaggression’ Is the New Racism on Campus
By: John McWhorter
Time, March 21, 2014
This opinion piece explores microaggression as a current concept that is replacing the way people think about racism on college campuses. It also points to the ways racism continues to persist, even in our present era.