DEI Syllabus

On this page, you find a variety resources to help you learn more about DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion). Some self-learning opportunities take less than 5 minutes; others might require setting aside a 30-60 minute block of time. Educating yourself to better understand how the past has impacted the current state of affairs, and learning what you can do to limit your own bias and be more inclusive, is a practice. It is a lifelong journey, not something to simply check off the to-do list. Join us as we learn together and collectively live into our commitment to DEI.

Glossary of Terms

There are a lot of DEI-related terms; too many for us to list here in entirety. This short list is a good starting point, a way to familiarize yourself with some of the most commonly used words, phrases and acronyms that you’re likely to encounter as you are reading, listening and watching the various resources listed below. You can find a comprehensive glossary of terms here.

Someone who makes the commitment and effort to recognize their privilege (based on gender, class, race, sexual identity, etc.) and work in solidarity with oppressed groups in the struggle for justice. Allies understand that it is in their own interest to end all forms of oppression, even those from which they may benefit in concrete ways.


Note: Don’t forget audio books. They’re a great option, especially for when you’re in the car.

The Battle to Stay in America: Immigration’s Hidden Front Line by Michael Kagan

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Measure of a Man by Sidney Poitier

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein

Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen by Jose Varga

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (NOTE: Young Adult)

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together by Heather McGhee

All God’s Dangers: The Life of Nate Shaw by Theodore Rosengarten

Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X Kendi

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabelle Wilkerson


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