Diversity and Inclusion Resources

A REading list

from Jolene Lane, Vice President for Inclusion and
Equity, Chief Diversity Officer, Title IX Coordinator, The University of
Akron

Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates

Black Fatigue: How Racism Erodes the Mind, Body, and Spirit, Mary-Frances Winters

Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People, Mahzarin Banaji and Anthony Greenwald

Brown is the New White: How the Demographic Revolution Has Created a New American Majority, Steve Phillips

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, Isabel Wilkerson

Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America, Eugene Robinson

Emotional Intelligence for the Modern Leader: A Guide to Cultivating Effective Leadership and Organizations, Christopher Connors

Engaging the "Race Question": Accountability and Equity in U.S. Higher Education, Alicia Dowd and Estela Mara Bensimon

Equity Talk to Equity Walk, Tia Brown McNair, Estela Mara Bensimon, et al.

Everyday White People Confront Racial and Social Injustice: 15 Stories, Edited by Eddie Moore Jr., Marguerite W. Penick-Parks, Ali Michael

For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood... and the Rest of Y'all Too: Reality Pedagogy and Urban Education, Christopher Emdin

The Guide for White Women Who Teach Black Boys, Eddie Moore Jr., Ali Michael, Marguerite W. Penick-Parks

How To Be An Antiracist, Ibram X. Kendi

How to Be An Inclusive Leader: Your Role in Creating Cultures of Belonging Where Everyone Can Thrive, Jennifer Brown

Inclusive Conversations: Fostering Equity, Empathy, and Belonging Across Differences, Mary-Frances Winters

I’ve Known Rivers: Lives of Loss and Liberation, Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot

The Leader's Guide to Unconscious Bias: How to Reframe Bias, Cultivate Connection, and Create High-Performing Teams, Pamela Fuller, Mark Murphy and Anne Chow

Microaggressions in Everyday Life, Derald Wing Sue

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, Michelle Alexander

One Teacher in Ten in the New Millennium: LGBT Educators Speak out about What’s Gotten Better and What Hasn’t, Kevin Jennings

Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing, Joy Degruy

Project Implicit: The Implicit Association Test (IAT), https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/education.html

Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence, Derald Wing Sue

Racism Without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Equality in America, Eduardo Bonilla-Silva

Shifting: The Double Lives of Black Women in America, Charisse Jones and Kumea Shorter-Gooden

The Warmth of Other Suns, Isabel Wilkerson

Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect US and What We Can Do, Claude Steele

White Fragility, Robin DiAngelo

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack (downloadable pdf), Peggy McIntosh

Why are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations about Race, Beverly Daniels Tatum

We Can't Talk about That at Work!: How to Talk about Race, Religion, Politics, and Other Polarizing Topics, Mary-Frances Winters

A Challenge

from Robert DeJournett, Vice
President, Opportunity & Inclusion, Greater Akron Chamber

The Greater Akron Inclusion Challenge is designed to leverage the momentum underway in the region to drive action around diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts within companies.

Register your organization here

After you register, for 21 days, your organization will be asked to reflect on its current diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts and commit to doing something tangible to advance them by the end of 2020.


Leadership Akron hosted a 4-part series titled Supporting Leaders Toward Racial Equity in the summer and fall of 2020. The series is summarized under the Alumni menu tab on our web site

Access the page here

Thank you to our panel of experts who presented at our Supporting Leaders Toward Racial Equity session on October 28, 2020, about specific ways you, as a leader, can take action to move yourself, your organization, and our community toward racial equity.

Bios of panel of experts

Where Civic Engagement Meets Personal Growth

white men's caucus

slides from Wayne Pignolet, VP of
Operations and Consultant, White Men as Full Diversity Partners

Access pdf version here