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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Resources

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The information below is intended to serve as resources and is split up into sections in which you can donate, petitions you can sign, books, articles, videos, podcasts and resources to assist in your personal education.

Activist and filmmaker, Sarah Sophie Flicker, and writer, Alyssa Klein, compiled the majority of the information listed below for public use in May 2020. And, two members of the Salus University Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, Alyshah Hassam, ‘22OD, and Ruth Shoge, OD, MPH, assisted in the compilation in addition to Cassandre Luberus, MBA, MSA and Christina Harris, PhD.

  • Ally - any person that actively promotes and aspires to advance the culture of inclusion through intentional, positive and conscious efforts that benefit people as a whole.
  • Sponsor - a person or institution that vocally and actionably supports the work of those from underrepresented groups in all contexts, but specifically in situations that will help boost their standing and reputations.
  • Bias
    • Explicit (conscious) - a person is very clear about their feelings and attitudes, and related behaviors are conducted with intent. This type of bias is processed neurologically at a conscious level as declarative, semantic memory, and in words. Conscious bias in its extreme is characterized by overt negative behavior that can be expressed through physical and verbal harassment or through more subtle means such as exclusion.
    • Implicit (unconscious) - operates outside of a person’s awareness and can be in direct contradiction to a person’s espoused beliefs and values. What is so dangerous about implicit bias is that it automatically seeps into a person’s affect or behavior and is outside of the full awareness of that person. 
  • Cultural competency - a set of congruent behaviors, attitudes, and policies that come together in a system, agency or among professionals and enable that system, agency or those professions to work effectively in cross-cultural situations.
  • Cultural humility - the ability to maintain an interpersonal stance that is other-oriented (or open to the other) in relation to aspects of cultural identity that are most important to the person
  • Privilege - a special right, advantage, or immunity granted or available only to a particular person or group
  • Race vs. Ethnicity 
    • Race - a social construct that categorizes people by skin color.
    • Ethnicity - a category of people who identify with each other, usually on the basis of presumed similarities such as a common language, ancestry, history, society, culture, nation or social treatment within their residing area.  
  • Prejudice - a preconceived belief/thought about a group/individual based on stereotypes.
  • Discrimination - the act of treating someone differently based on some aspect of their identity.
  • Racism - a conscious or unconscious belief in the superiority of a certain race coupled with the power to determine one’s own reality and influence the reality of others.
  • Racial Reconciliation - the spiritual practice of seeking loving, liberating and life-giving relationship with God and one another, and striving to heal and transform injustice and brokenness in ourselves, our communities, institutions, and society.
  • Restorative Justice - a theory of justice that emphasizes repairing the harm caused by criminal behavior (the term injustice is preferred). It is best accomplished through cooperative processes that include all stakeholders. This can lead to transformation of people, relationships and communities. 
Books to Read
Films and TV Series to Watch
  • 500 Years Later (MK Asante) 
  • 13th (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix
  • American Son (Kenny Leon) — Netflix
  • Black American Since MLK: And Still I Rise - Amazon Prime
  • Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 — Available to rent
  • Blindspotting (Carlos López Estrada) — Hulu with Cinemax or available to rent
  • Clemency (Chinonye Chukwu) — Available to rent
  • Dear White People (Justin Simien) — Netflix
  • Do the Right Thing (Spike Lee) 
  • Explained: The Racial Wealth Gap - Netflix
  • Eyes on the Prize - PBS
  • Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler) — Available to rent
  • I Am Not Your Negro (James Baldwin doc) — Available to rent or on Kanopy
  • If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins) — Hulu
  • Just Mercy (Destin Daniel Cretton) — Available to rent for free in June in the U.S.
  • King In The Wilderness  — HBO
  • Rosewood 
  • Roots (Alex Haley)
  • Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland - HBO
  • See You Yesterday (Stefon Bristol) — Netflix
  • Selma (Ava DuVernay) — Available to rent
  • Slavery by Another Name - PBS
  • The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution — Available to rent
  • The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson - Netflix 
  • The Hate U Give (George Tillman Jr.) — Hulu with Cinemax
  • Time: The Kalief Browder Story - Netflix
  • When They See Us (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix
  • Whose Streets - Amazon Prime 
Organizations to Follow on Social Media
Topics to Google
  • Civil Rights 
    • Jim Crow
    • Sharecropping
    • Sundown Towns 
  • Criminal Justice System 
    • Bail System 
    • Mass Incarceration 
    • Plea Bargaining for Racial Minorities 
    • School to Prison Pipeline 
    • War on Drugs
  • Economics 
    • Part-time/Unemployment/Underemployment in the Black Community 
    • Shift Work in the Black Community 
    • Generational Wealth from Businesses/Land ownership, systems that prevented
    • Welfare System 
  • Education 
    • The Opportunity Gap
    • Funding for Public Schools 
    • Access to Pre-K 
    • Read 
      • Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools  by Monique Morris
      • Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together In The Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race by Beverly Tatum
      • Miseducation of the Negro by Carter G. Woodson
  • Healthcare
    • Flint Water Crisis
    • Henrietta Lacks’ Stolen Cells 
    • HIV in the Black Community
    • Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment
    • Health Insurance, lack of access
    • Maternal Health disparities
    • Read Medical Apartheid by Harriet Washington
  • Housing
    • Gentrification
    • Lead Poisoning
    • Racism & Discrimination in, 
    • Redlining
  • Systematic Family Breakdown 
    • Assassination of Black Leaders
    • Crack Epidemic 
    • Destruction of the Black Family Unit 
    • Media portrayal of Black People
    • Welfare System prohibiting men from being in the home
    • The Moynihan Report