The mission of the Presidential Commission on Racial Equity is to promote focused conversations on racial issues including equality, inclusion, privileges, race relations, and other areas affecting underrepresented populations. The commission will advocate for racial equity in all campus environments.

The Presidential Commission on Racial Equity invites the campus to visit the Featured Resources LibGuide for topical, collected resources & lesson plans from our larger collection. The Featured Resources LibGuide will be updated throughout the semester, and presents a Featured Resource, along with a variety of additional, supporting  resources in various formats to encourage discussion of racial issues in the classroom, and beyond.

Co-Chairs: Vasudeva Aravind, ext. 2713, and Richard Lane,
Treasurer: Leah Chambers, ext. 2587
Secretary: Rachel Newbury, ext. 2746 

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The resources for faculty, staff, and students can be found in the files below.  Those noted with an asterisk can easily be incorporated into classroom instruction and lessons.  If you have additional resources to share and/or would like them added to the database please send them to Dr. Aravind or Dr. Lane's attention.

faculty & staff resources

Articles & Books: 

Films:

  • The Illusionists
  • White Like Me
  • Broken On All Sides
  • Reveal Moments

To use any of these films follow this link: https://clarion.kanopy.com/

  • When you connect from on-campus, it will go straight to the Clarion University Kanopy page without a login.
  • When you connect from off-campus, it will prompt you to login.

Also available from the Office of Social Equity (on DVD and for classroom use):

  • Life on the Line
  • The Bully Project

TED Talks: 

Websites:

  • Achievement Network (ANet)
  • D5 Coalition
  • HAAS Jr.
  • Local and Regional Government Alliance on Race & Equity This website includes:
    • Materials from our events, including national and regional convenings and webinars
    • Issue papers that describe topics and approaches that have impact, as well as examples from cities and counties that provide the opportunity to learn from the experiences of others.
    • Tools for racial equity, including a Racial Equity Tool from the Alliance that captures an overall approach to integrating racial equity into routine decision making, as well as examples from our cohort of jurisdictions at the forefront of racial equity
    • Videos that tell the stories of our work
  • Racial Equity Resource Guide

This website is designed to support people and groups working for inclusion, racial equity and social justice. It displays a wide array of tools, ideas and strategies for racial equity advocates and includes a clearinghouse of resources and links from numerous sources. The Site Map includes an introduction to the theory behind a racial equity lens, community racial equity assessment tools, tools for creating advocacy and implementation plans, and tips on how to remain focused and maintain sustained effort in furtherance of your racial equity goals.

Racial Equity Tools is designed to support individuals and groups working to achieve racial equity. This site offers tools, research, tips, curricula and ideas for people who want to increase their own understanding and to help those working toward justice at every level – in systems, organizations, communities and the culture at large.

Podcasts:

Office Hours is a podcast that features “conversations with top social scientists about their research and the social world.” It is produced by The Society Pages, a great online resource for those interested in the social sciences. Below is a list of some of the episodes that encapsulate the current research being done on race and ethnicity.  

Office Hours #55: Enid Logan on The New Politics of Race

Office Hours #69: Catherine Squires on Race and the Media

Office Hours #94: John Skrentny on Racial Realism and Civil Rights

Office Hours #102: Tim Pippert on Diversity in College Recruitment Brochures

Office Hours #105: Victor Rios on Policing Black and Latino Boys

Office Hours #110: Lisa Cacho on Social Death and the Racialized Construction of Criminals

Office Hours #112: Ellen Berrey on the Enigma of Diversity

Office Hours: #121: Doug McAdam on American Racial Politics and Social Movements

Office Hours #122: Dalton Conley on the Use of Genomic Biology in Sociology

Office Hours #126: Douglas Hartmann on Midnight Basketball

Office Hours #129: Natasha Warikoo on The Diversity Bargain

Science Vs. takes on fads, trends, and the opinionated mob to find out what’s fact, what’s not, and what’s somewhere in between” (https://gimletmedia.com/shows/science-vs).

Race: Can We See It in Our DNA?

All My Relations is a podcast hosted by Matika Wilbur (Swinomish and Tulalip) and Adrienne Keene (Cherokee Nation) to explore our relationships— relationships to land, to our creatural relatives, and to one another. Each episode invites guests to delve into a different topic facing Native peoples today as we keep it real, play games, laugh a lot, and even cry sometimes. We invite you to join us! (allmyrelations.com)

The Nod tells the stories of Black life that don’t get told anywhere else. Our show ranges from an explanation of purple drink’s association with Black culture to the story of an interracial drag troupe that traveled the nation in the 1940s. We celebrate the genius, the innovation, and the resilience that is so particular to being Black — in America, and around the world (https://gimletmedia.com/shows/the-nod). 

Identity Politics is a podcast that features new stories and perspectives about race, gender and Muslim life in America. From pop culture to politics, each episode co-hosts Ikhlas Saleem and Makkah Ali invite guests to talk about issues impacting their lives as Muslims at the intersection of multiple identities (http://identitypoliticspod.com/about/). 

Latinos Who Lunch is a podcast that was created to provide a digital media platform that reflects the intersectionality between queer, Latinx, and Spanglish voices in an Anglo dominated podcast world. FavyFav and Babelito approach the topics of identity, food, family and history in a responsible yet humorous way. Latinos Who Lunch intends to blend all these ideas together by placing into context everything from the piñata as a symbol of multiculturalism in Mexico, to the politics of Frida Kahlo as an icon of Mexicanidad. By maintaining visibility, accessibility and a philosophy of de-centering white male dominating cultural practices at the core mission of their content, Latinos Who Lunch strives to open a dialogue with their listeners about topics that many podcasts will not address (http://www.latinoswholunch.com/). 

See Something, Say Something: Each week, Ahmed Ali Akbar covers everything that American Muslims are talking about right now — misrepresentation in the media, equality in the mosque, Asahd memes, and much more (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/see-something-say-something/id1169261799).

OUR NATIONAL CONVERSATION ABOUT CONVERSATIONS ABOUT RACE: Co-discussants Anna Holmes, Baratunde Thurston, Raquel Cepeda and Tanner Colby host a lively multiracial, interracial conversation about the ways we can’t talk, don’t talk, would rather not talk, but intermittently, fitfully, embarrassingly do talk about culture, identity, politics, power, and privilege in our pre-post-yet-still-very-racial America. This show is "About Race." (https://www.showaboutrace.com/). *This show has been cancelled, but the backlog of episodes is still available.* 

Still Processing: Step inside the confession booth of Wesley Morris and Jenna Wortham, two culture writers for The New York Times. They devour TV, movies, art, music and the internet to find the things that move them — to tears, awe and anger. Still Processing is where they try to understand the pleasures and pathologies of America in 2019 (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/still-processing/id1151436460).

Code Switch: Ever find yourself in a conversation about race and identity where you just get...stuck? Code Switch can help. We're all journalists of color, and this isn't just the work we do. It's the lives we lead. Sometimes, we'll make you laugh. Other times, you'll get uncomfortable. But we'll always be unflinchingly honest and empathetic. Come mix it up with us (https://www.npr.org/podcasts/510312/codeswitch).

Sooo Many White Guys: Phoebe Robinson is tired of being the token black woman in an ocean of white dude comedians. So in this podcast, Phoebe's calling the shots. She'll host intimate, funny and super honest conversations with musicians, actors, writers and comedians who are killing it in their fields--AND who aren't white dudes! Stay tuned for the one token white guy (it's only fair), cameos by Phoebe's ball-busting executive producer Ilana Glazer, and a whole lot of hijinks.

Yo, Is This Racist? , hosted by Andrew Ti, creator of the popular blog of the same name, is now a weekly podcast! Every Wednesday, Ti, co-host Tawny Newsome, and their guests answer questions from fan-submitted voicemails and emails about whether or not something is, in fact, racist (https://www.earwolf.com/show/yo-is-this-racist/).

Another Round, produced by Buzzfeed, stars Heben Nigatu and Tracey Clayton. The hosts explore relevant topics in regards to the black American experience, race across the spectrum, culture, gender and a whole flux of other topics (https://www.wnyc.org/shows/another-round).

Invisibilia, “The Culture Inside” episode: Is there a part of ourselves that we don't acknowledge, that we don't even have access to and that might make us ashamed if we encountered it? We begin with a woman whose left hand takes instructions from a different part of her brain. It hits her, and knocks cigarettes out of her hand and makes her wonder: who is issuing the orders? Is there some other "me"in there I don't know about? We then ask this question about one of the central problems of our time: racism. Scientific research has shown that even well meaning people operate with implicit bias - stereotypes and attitudes we are not fully aware of that nonetheless shape our behavior towards people of color. We examine the Implicit Association Test, a widely available psychological test that popularized the notion of implicit bias. And we talk to people who are tackling the question, critical to so much of our behavior: what does it take to change these deeply embedded concepts? Can it even be done? (https://www.npr.org/programs/invisibilia/532950995/the-culture-inside)

Race Matters addresses race in a world that is often afraid to even say the word. Their approach in naming and addressing oppressive systems head on results in many rich conversations with leading intellectuals like Dr. George Yancy, Patricia Hill Collins, and Doctor Mariana Ortega where they explore things that aren’t discussed by main stream media like black, Latina and white feminism and what the difference in those ideologies is and why they’re separate to begin with. (Description from https://www.livingcities.org/blog/1214-goodreads-podcasts-we-re-listening-to-on-racial-equity)

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EVENT:  AACU Conference


Poster presented by Dr. Sharon Montgomery, Mr. Rogers Laugand, and Dr. Jane Walsh

The poster describes three steps Clarion University has taken to raise consciousness across campus.  The three initiatives discussed are:

  1. The online race equity training course that Jane and I offered last summer
  2. The Building Bridges program run by Rogers Laugand
  3. The newsletter entitled This is Our Neighborhood
Last Updated 1/27/20