*This list is certainly not exhaustive, but rather a starting place for diversity, equity, and inclusion continuing education resources, in alignment with Colorado State University’s definition of diversity. If you have any recommendations for the list, please email inclusiveexellence@colostate.edu. Any bias in the resources represented are not intentional nor representative of the Office for Inclusive Excellence or Colorado State University.

Books and Publications (Alphabetized by Topic)**

**Many of the books listed are intersectional in nature, addressing multiple topics or identities, but we have grouped them according to their main focus.

Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education

  1. Closing the Opportunity Gap: Identity-Conscious Strategies for Retention and Student Success, by Vijay Pendakur and Shaun R. Harper
  2. Creating Multicultural Change on Campus, by Raechele L. Pope, Amy L. Reynolds, John A. Mueller, Caryn McTighe Musil
  3. Disability in Higher Education: A Social Justice Approach, by Nancy J. Evans, Ellen M. Broido, Kirsten R. Brown, Autumn K. Wilke
  4. Diversity’s Promise for Higher Education: Making It Work, by Daryl G. Smith
  5. Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities, by Craig Steven Wilder
  6. Educating About Religious Diversity and Interfaith Engagement: A Handbook for Student Affairs, by Kathleen M. Goodman, Mary Ellen Giess, and Eboo Patel
  7. Ethnicity in College: Advancing Theory and Improving Diversity Practices on Campus, by Anna M. Ortiz and Silvia J. Santos
  8. Improving Trans Lives on Campus by Bri Sérráno, Douglas H. Lee, Kari Dockendorf, and D-L Stewart
  9. Life of the Mind Interrupted: Essays on Mental Health and Disability in Higher Education, by Katie Rose Guest Pryal
  10. No Longer Invisible: Religion in University Education, by Douglas Jacobsen and Rhonda Hustedt Jacobesen
  11. Straddling Class in the Academy: 26 Stories of Students, Administrators, and Faculty from Poor and Working-Class Backgrounds and Their Compelling Lessons for Higher Education Policy and Practice, by Sonja Ardoin and becky martinez
  12. Strategic Diversity Leadership: Activating Change and Transformation in Higher Education, by Dr. Damon A. Williams
  13. Trans* in College: Transgender Students’ Strategies for Navigating Campus Life and the Institutional Politics of Inclusion, by Z Nicolazzo

Perspectives on Oppression in the U.S. (organized thematically)

  1. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West, by Dee Brown
  2. Custer Died For Your Sins, by Vine Deloria, Jr.
  3. An Indigenous People’s History of the United States, by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
  4. In the Light of Justice: The Rise of Human Rights in Native America and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, by Walter Echo-Hawk
  5. Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice, by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
  6. A Disability History of the United States, by Kim E. Nielsen
  7. Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation, by Eli Clare
  8. A Queer History of the United States, by Michael Bronski
  9. Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity, by C. Riley Snorton
  10. Transgender History: The Roots of Today’s Revolution, by Susan Stryker
  11. Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  12. This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, by Gloria Anzaldúa and Cherríe Moraga
  13. Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower, by Brittney Cooper
  14. The Fire Next Time, by James Baldwin
  15. How to Be An AntiRacist, by Ibram X. Kendi
  16. Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty, by Dorothy Roberts
  17. Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present, by Harriet A. Washington
  18. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander
  19. Sister Outsider, by Audre Lorde
  20. So You Want to Talk About Race, by Ijeoma Oluo
  21. Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, by Ibram X. Kendi
  22. This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America, by Morgan Jerkins
  23. When They Call You A Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir, by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele
  24. Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria: and Other Conversations about Race, by Beverly Daniel Tatum
  25. Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza, by Gloria Anzaldúa
  26. The Making of Asian America, by Erika Lee
  27. Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White, by Frank H. Wu
  28. A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America, by Ronald Takaki
  29. A People’s History of the United States, by Howard Zinn
  30. American Islamophobia: Understanding the Roots and Rise of Fear, by Khaled A. Beyfoun
  31. How Does it Feel to Be a Problem? Being Young and Arab in America by Moustafa Bayoumi
  32. Islamophobia, Race, and Global Politics, by Nazia Kazi
  33. Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation, by Rev. angel Kyodo williams, Lama Rod Owens, Jasmine Syedullah
  34. The Body is Not An Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love, by Sonya Renee Taylor
  35. Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny, by Kate Manne
  36. Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good, by adrienne maree brown
  37. Identify and Countering White Supremacy Culture in Food Systems by Duke Sanford World Food Policy Center

  Theory and Social Justice Reference Collections

  1. Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism, by bell hooks
  2. Critical Mentoring: A Practical Guide, by Torie Weiston-Serdan
  3. Critical Race Theory: An Introduction, by Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic
  4. Critical Race Theory: The Key Writings That Formed the Movement, by Kimberlé Crenshaw and Neil Gotanda
  5. Decolonizing Methodologies, by Linda Tuhiwai Smith
  6. Disability Studies: An Interdisciplinary Introduction, by Dan Goodley
  7. The Disability Studies Reader, by Lennard J. Davis
  8. Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds, by adrienne maree brown
  9. The Feminist Philosophy Reader, edited by Alison Bailey and Chris Cuomo
  10. Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center, by bell hooks
  11. Freedom is a Constant Struggle, by Angela Y. Davis and Frank Barat
  12. Microaggressions in Everyday Life: Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation, by Derald Wing Sue
  13. Pedagogy of the Oppressed, by Paulo Freire
  14. Privilege, Power, and Difference, by Allan G. Johnson
  15. The Racial Contract, by Charles W. Mills
  16. Readings for Diversity and Social Justice, by Maurianne Adams (Editor), Warren Blumenfeld (Editor), Carmelita Castaneda (Editor), Heather W. Hackman (Editor), Madeline L. Peters (Editor), Ximena Zuniga (Editor)
  17. The Stonewall Reader, edited by The New York Public Library
  18. Trans Bodies, Trans Selves: A Resource for the Transgender Community, edited by Laura Erickson Schroth
  19. The Transgender Studies Reader 2, by Susan Stryker and Aren Z. Aizura
  20. Unapologetic: A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements, by Charlene Carruthers
  21. Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do, by Claude Steele

Whiteness and White Privilege

  1. Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority, by Tim Wise
  2. Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor, by Layla F. Saad
  3. Understanding White Privilege: Creating Pathways to Authentic Relationships Across Race, by Frances Kendall
  4. Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race, by Debby Irving
  5. White Fragility: Why It’s so Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, by Robin DiAngelo
  6. White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son, by Tim Wise
  7. White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide, by Carol Anderson


  1. We Are Water Protectors, by Carole Lindstrom
  2. Love in the Library, by Maggie Tokuda-Hall
  3. Berry Song, by Michaela Goade
  4. Not My Idea, by Anastasia Higginbotham
Middle Grade:
  1. Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
  2. The House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros
  3. Go With the Flow, by Lily Williams and Karen Schneemann
  4. Celebrate Your Body (And its Changes, Too!) by Sonya Renee Taylor
  5. Ghost (Track #1) by Jason Reynolds
  6. Number the Stars, by Lois Lowry
Young Adult:
  1. Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson
  2. Children of Blood and Bone, by Tomi Adeyemi
  3. The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas
  4. I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, by Erika L. Sanchez
  5. Juliet Takes a Breath, by Gabby Rivera
  6. Dear Martin, by Nic Stone
  1. All the Birds in the Sky, by Charlie Jane Anders
  2. Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  3. The Antelope Wife, by Louise Erdrich
  4. The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
  5. The Book of Unknown Americans, by Cristina Henríquez
  6. Breath, Eyes, Memory, by Edwidge Danticat
  7. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
  8. The Fifth Season, by N.K. Jemisin
  9. Go Tell It on the Mountain, by James Baldwin
  10. Good Kings, Bad Kings, by Susan Nussbaum
  11. Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi
  12. The Joy Luck Club, by Amy Tan
  13. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
  14. Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides
  15. The Namesake, by Jhumpa Lahiri
  16. So Far from God, by Ana Castillo
  17. Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston


  1. Ask Me About My Uterus: A Quest to Make Doctors Believe in Women’s Pain, by Abby Norman
  2. The Autobiography of a Transgender Scientist, by Ben Barres
  3. The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley, by Malcolm X and Alex Haley
  4. The Best We Could Do, by Thi Bui
  5. Black is the Body: Stories from My Grandmother’s Time, My Mother’s Time, and Mine, by Emily Bernard
  6. Braiding Sweetgrass, by Robin Wall Kimmerer
  7. The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness, by Elyn R. Saks
  8. The Diary of a Young Girl, by Anne Frank
  9. Hunger, by Roxane Gay
  10. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou
  11. Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson
  12. Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina, by Misty Copeland
  13. Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela, by Nelson Mandela
  14. Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood, by Marjane Satrapi
  15. Proud: My Fight for an Unlikely American Dream, by Ibtihaj Muhammad with Lori Tharps
  16. Rain of Gold/Lluvia de Oro, by Victor Villaseñor
  17. Real Queer America: LGBT Stories from Red States, by Samantha Allen
  18. The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism, by Naoki Higashida
  19. Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More, by Janet Mock
  20. Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism, by Temple Grandin and Oliver Sacks


  1. We Believe You, produced by Colorado State University’s Women and Gender Advocacy Center and 90.5 KCSU
  2. Do You Even Lift Bro: Men Exercising Social Justice, produced by Colorado State University’s Women and Gender Advocacy Center and 90.5 KCSU
  3. 1619, produced by The New York Times
  4. All My Relations, produced by All My Relations
  5. Code Switch, produced by NPR
  6. Ear Hustle, produced by Radiotopia
  7. Good Ancestor Podcast, produced by Layla F. Saad
  8. Hoodrat to Headwrap: A Decolonized Podcast, produced by Ebony Donnley and Ericka Hart
  9. Latino USA, produced by NPR
  10. Nancy, produced by WNYC Studios
  11. Parenting is Political, produced by Jasmine and Mo
  12. Seeing White, produced by Scene On Radio
  13. The Sexually Liberated Woman, produced by Ev’Yan Whitney
  14. SunStorm, produced by the National Domestic Workers Alliance
  15. This Land, produced by Crooked Media
  16. UnErased, produced by Focus Features, Stitcher, and Limina House


  1. America’s Forgotten Working Class (J.D. Vance)
  2. An Artist’s Unflinching Look at Racial Violence (Sanford Biggers)
  3. The Danger of a Single Story (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)
  4. How We Talk About Sexual Assault Online (Ione Wells)
  5. Immaculate Perception (Jerry Kang)
  6. Implicit Bias, Stereotype Threat, and Higher Education (Russell McClain)
  7. An Interview with the Founders of Black Lives Matter (Alicia Garza, Opal Tometi, Patrisse Cullors)
  8. Islamophobia Killed My Brother. Let’s End the Hate (Suzanne Barakat)
  9. It’s Time for Women to Run For Office (Halla Tomasdottir)
  10. Microaggressions in Everyday Life (Derald Wing Sue)
  11. A Prosecutor’s Vision for a Better Justice System (Adam Foss)
  12. The Urgency of Intersectionality (Kimberlé Crenshaw)
  13. We Should All Be Feminists (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)
  14. What If Gentrification Was About Healing Communities Instead of Displacing Them? (Liz Ogbu)
  15. What Would You Do: Bike Theft


  1. 13th
  2. Cracking the Codes
  3. Dawnland
  4. The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson
  5. Dolores
  6. Hale
  7. The Hunting Ground
  8. Resistance at Tule Lake
  9. Strong Island
  10. When They See Us


  1. The National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education (NCORE)
  2. The Social Justice Training Institute (SJTI)
  3. The White Privilege Conference