DEI Teaching


September 12, 2019

Diversity & Inclusion Dictionary

See these definitions for some common DEI-related terms.

September 10, 2019

Discrimination in America

From The Forum video series by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health: ​African American Experiences (October 24, 2017).   How do African Americans experience discrimination in daily life? A new poll by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health illuminates reports from African Americans who share their personal…

Native Land Interactive Map

“Native Land Digital is a Canadian not-for-profit organization, incorporated in December 2018. It is designed to be Indigenous-led, with an Indigenous Board of Directors who oversee and direct the organization.” Use this interactive app to identify native territories, languages, and treaties in North America and throughout other parts of the word.  You can also read…

August 25, 2019

Race Matters? Examining and Rethinking Race Portrayal in Pre-clinical Medical Education

This article addresses a pervasive and important challenge in health sciences education–how and why do we present a patient’s race when we know race is a social construct? Tsai J, Ucik L, Baldwin N, Hasslinger C, George P. Race Matters? Examining and Rethinking Race Portrayal in Preclinical Medical Education. Acad Med. 2016;91(7):916-920. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000001232

Levels of Racism: A Theoretical Framework & a Gardener’s Tale

Dr. Camara Jones clearly describes and differentiates 3 levels of racism and their effects on health in this highly cited article: Jones CP. Levels of racism: a theoretic framework and a gardener’s tale. Am J Public Health. 2000;90(8):1212–1215. doi:10.2105/ajph.90.8.1212

Society of Teachers of Family Medicine’s Resource Library

The STFM’s Resource Library provides different activities in multiple formats and on various topics (hint: enter key terms such as ‘racism’ or ‘LGBTQ’ in the search field in the top right of the page and refine from there)

August 19, 2019

Racial discrimination, educational attainment, and biological dysregulation among midlife African American women

Allen AM, Thomas MD, Michaels EK, et al. Racial discrimination, educational attainment, and biological dysregulation among midlife African American women. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2019;99:225-235. Abstract: Objective: To examine the association between self-reported racial discrimination and allostatic load, and whether the association differs by socioeconomic position. Methods: We recruited a purposive cross-section of midlife (ages 30–50) African American…

Mediators of the relationship between race and allostatic load in African and White Americans

Tomfohr LM, Pung MA, Dimsdale JE. Mediators of the relationship between race and allostatic load in African and White Americans. Health Psychology. 2016;35(4):322-332. doi:10.1037/hea0000251 Abstract: OBJECTIVE: Allostatic load (AL) is a cumulative index of physiological dysregulation, which has been shown to predict cardiovascular events and all-cause mortality. On average, African Americans (AA) have higher AL…

The protective role of ethnic identity for urban adolescent males facing multiple stressors

Williams JL, Aiyer SM, Durkee MI, Tolan PH. The Protective Role of Ethnic Identity for Urban Adolescent Males Facing Multiple Stressors. Journal of Youth and Adolescence. 2014;43(10):1728-1741. Abstract: Having a connection to one’s ethnic heritage is considered a protective factor in the face of discrimination; however, it is unclear whether the protective effects are persistent…

Discrimination, Racial Bias, and Telomere Length in African-American Men

Chae DH, Nuru-Jeter AM, Adler NE, et al. Discrimination, Racial Bias, and Telomere Length in African-American Men. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2014;46(2):103-111. Abstract: Background: Leukocyte telomere length (LTL) is an indicator of general systemic aging, with shorter LTL being associated with several chronic diseases of aging and earlier mortality. Identifying factors related to LTL…

Supportive Family Environments Ameliorate the Link Between Racial Discrimination and Epigenetic Aging A Replication Across Two Longitudinal Cohorts

Brody GH, Miller GE, Yu T, Beach SR, Chen E. Supportive Family Environments Ameliorate the Link Between Racial Discrimination and Epigenetic Aging: A Replication Across Two Longitudinal Cohorts. Psychol Sci. 2016;27(4):530–541. doi:10.1177/0956797615626703 Abstract: This study tested the hypothesis that supportive family environments during adolescence buffer exposure to racial discrimination, reducing its impact on biological weathering and its…

Maternal and pediatric health and disease: integrating biopsychosocial models and epigenetics

Rubin LP. Maternal and pediatric health and disease: integrating biopsychosocial models and epigenetics. Pediatric Research. 2015;79:127. Abstract: The concepts of allostasis (stability through adaptation) and accumulated life stress (McEwen’s allostatic load) aim to understand childhood and adult outcomes. Chronic malnutrition, changes in social condition, and adverse early-life experiences may program phenotypes and contribute to long-lasting…

Discrimination, segregation, and chronic inflammation: Testing the weathering explanation for the poor health of Black Americans

Simons, R. L., Lei, M.-K., Beach, S. R. H., Barr, A. B., Simons, L. G., Gibbons, F. X., & Philibert, R. A. (2018). Discrimination, segregation, and chronic inflammation: Testing the weathering explanation for the poor health of Black Americans. Developmental Psychology, 54(10), 1993-2006. Abstract: Several studies have reported a relation between race-related stressors and…

August 16, 2019

Integrating Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Into a Research Course

See this recent publication on ways to integrate DEI into a research methods course: O’Connor R.(2019). Integrating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Topics Into an Undergraduate Nursing Research Course. J Nurs Educ. 58(8) 494. doi: 10.3928/01484834-20190719-13.

Power, Privilege, & Difference Activities

Check out these in-class activities from the University of Texas-Austin.

Activities for Change

Check out Training for Change’s ‘energizers and games’ and ‘teamwork’ tool boxes for in-class activity ideas.

Interactive Activities to Explore Difference

This booklet from Stockton University provides additional ideas for in-class activities.

Guide to Discussing Identity, Power, and Privilege

From the University of Southern California, this guide includes activities to use in class with students.

Sample Activities & Templates for Exploring Privilege, Power, and Oppression

From the University of Michigan, these sample in-class activities will help students explore privilege, power, and oppression

Teaching Tolerance

Teaching Tolerance is a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center and provides a wealth of resources related to teaching social justice and anti-bias, including lesson plans and opportunities for professional development online and in person. The site is geared towards K-12, but many of the resources are applicable to higher education as well.


This video series hosted by Paola Ramos explores the experiences of the LGBTQ Latinx community.

August 15, 2019

The 1619 Project

The 1619 Project is a major initiative from The New York Times observing the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to re-frame the country’s history, understanding 1619 as our true founding, and placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of the story we…

August 13, 2019

Book Lists

Check out these various book lists: Mahogany Books & Very Smart Brothas Book Club includes a reading list of Black authors and opportunities to engage in monthly book discussions So you want to be woke: a reading guide for White people from Book Riot, the largest independent editorial book site in North America 24 books…

Nonfiction & Novels To Consider

Here are some books to consider: A Clinician’s Guide to Gender-Affirming Care by Chang, Singh, & dickey The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin Kindred…

All My Relations

“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…

Levels Of Racism: A Theoretical Framework And A Gardener’s Tale

Jones CP. Levels of racism: a theoretic framework and a gardener’s tale. Am J Public Health. 2000;90(8):1212–1215. doi:10.2105/ajph.90.8.1212 Open access link here. Abstract: The author presents a theoretic framework for understanding racism on 3 levels: institutionalized, personally mediated, and internalized. This framework is useful for raising new hypotheses about the basis of race-associated differences in…

August 12, 2019

Having At Least One Black Teacher Can Keep Black Kids In School

Papageorge, Nicholas W. “The Long-Run Impacts of Same-Race Teachers.” Vol. 10630, 2017. Open Access available here. Abstract: Black primary-school students matched to a same-race teacher perform better on standardized tests and face more favorable teacher perceptions, yet little is known about the long-run, sustained impacts of student-teacher demographic match. We show that assigning a black…

Are Emily & Greg More Employable Than Lakisha & Jamal?

Bertrand M & Mullainathan S. Are Emily and Greg More Employable than Lakisha and Jamal? A Field Experiment on Labor Market Discrimination. The American Economic Review. 2004: 94(4); 991-1013. Abstract: We study race in the labor market by sending fictitious resumes to help-wanted ads in Boston and Chicago newspapers. To manipulate perceived race, resumes are…

Deconstruction White Privilege

Dr. Robin DiAngelo’s “20 minute TEDx-style video is a great introduction to understanding key concepts in white racial socialization and why it’s often so hard for white people to talk about racism.”

Debunking The Most Common Myths White People Tell About Race

“Dr. Robin DiAngelo, author of White Fragility, unpacks common excuses white people make about race–and how to address them” in this short video.

White Privilege: Unpacking The Invisible Knapsack

Read Peggy McIntosh’s impactful article about white privilege here.

I Am Not Your Asian Stereotype

“Bad driver. Math wizard. Model minority. In this hilarious and insightful talk, eighteen-year-old Canwen Xu shares her Asian-American story of breaking stereotypes, reaffirming stereotypes, and driving competently on her way to buy rice” in this TEDx Talk.

Allegories on Race and Racism

“Dr. Camara Jones shares four allegories on “race” and racism in this TEDx Talk. She hopes that these “telling stories” empower you to do something different, and that you will remember them and pass them on.”

I’m Prejudiced

Read this Op-Ed and watch this clip in the article from CSPAN when Heather McGhee of DEMOS thanks a caller for admitting his racism and gently advises him on how to improve his view of black people.

Confronting Racist Objects

From the New York Times: “What is the place of racist objects today, when racial tensions and racial attacks are on the rise? Here are some of your stories about reconciling, reclaiming and reinterpreting racist objects.”

A Conversation on Race

From the New York Times: “This series of short films features everyday people as they discuss issues of race and identity in America.”

Under Our Skin

“Under Our Skin grew out of conversations about how we at The Seattle Times cover race at a time when national and local events — the furor over police shootings, the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, protests on college campuses and charged campaign rhetoric — dominate headlines.” In these short videos, interviewees share…

The People’s Institute

“The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond (PISAB), is a national and international collective of anti-racist, multicultural community organizers and educators dedicated to building an effective movement for social transformation.” They provide Undoing Racism trainings throughout the US, check them out here.

World Trust

“World Trust Educational Services is a non-profit social justice organization that provides deep learning, tools and resources for people interested in tackling unconscious bias and systemic racial inequity in their workplace, community and in their lives.” Learn more at the site here.

Race Equity Tools

“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.” Check out…

August 6, 2019

Culture/news Podcasts

Check out these culture/news podcasts hosted by folks from various marginalized communities: 2 Dope Queens “Join Phoebe Robinson Jessica Williams, along with their favorite comedians, for stories about sex, romance, race, hair journeys, living in New York, and Billy Joel…” It’s Been a Minute with Sam Sanders “A recap of the week’s news, culture and…

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’.” Download episodes here.

August 5, 2019

How Racism Impacts Families of Color Infographic

Download Living Cities graphic description of how racism impacts families of color  ‘A Day in the Life’ Infographic

Black Nursing Leaders

Learn about 12 Black Leaders in Nursing and Medicine here

Nursing Colonialism in America

See the 2017 Waite & Nardi article on colonialism in nursing: Waite R, Nardi D. Nursing colonialism in America: Implications for nursing leadership. Journal of professional nursing : official journal of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. 2019;35(1):18-25.

Anti-Racist Reading List

Access the New York Times Anti-Racist Reading List here

Code Switch

From NPR: “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…