Diversity and Inclusion

It’s important to consider diverse points of view when creating and facilitating your course. Shaun Simon, Associate Director of the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center has compiled a wealth of resources to consider.

If you’d like more information about inclusion and diversity, we encourage you to contact one of these campus Offices:

Ledonia Wright Cultural Center

ECU Office for Equity and Diversity


?Books to Consider

  • Racism without racists by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva
  • Me and white supremacy by Layla F Saad
  • White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
  • How we fight white supremacy by Akiba Solomon
  • We want to do more than survive by Dr. Bettina Love
  • Stamped from the beginning by Ibram X Kendi 
  • A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn
  • So you want to talk about Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  • How to be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X Kendi 
  • The Condemnation of Blackness by Khalil Gibran Muhahammad
  • Dying of Whiteness by Jonathan M Metzl
  • Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper 
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Why are all the Black kids sitting together by Beverly Daniel Tatum 
  • Blackballed: the Black vote and US Democracy by Darryl Pinkney




?TED Talks

  • Racism has a cost for everyone – Heather C. McGhee
  • Why it’s so hard to talk about the N-word – Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor
  • The Real Story of the Black Panther Party – Curtis Austin
  • How we can make racism a solvable problem – and improve policing
  • Get comfortable with being uncomfortable – Luvvie Ajayi
  • Interview with the founders of Black Lives Matter – Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi
  • Danger of a single story- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

?Black Creators

  • @chescaleigh – actress, author, video blogger host of MTV’s “Decoded” 
  • @Doitlikedua – non-binary muslim, muscian, actor, activist and spoken word poet from Minneapolis 
  • @raquel_willis – writer, speaker, activist formerly with Out magazine and Trans Law Center 
  • @amandaseales – actress, author, comedian, activist, creator of Smart, Funny and Black 
  • @akilahh- comedian, author, Youtuber, 
  • @angryarrows – non-binary social media and TV personality, model, producer 
  • @ashleemariepreston – Political analyst, journalist, activist, 1st openly trans person to run for office in California 
  • @rudyfrancisco – Spoken word poet and poetry author

Faculty-to-Faculty Ideas

Topics to help breach the conversation from a more macro level as that sometimes helps within a classroom setting so it leaves little room for debate:

  • History of the Police
  • Redlining
  • Structural Racism vs Individual Racism

Related Literature


  • Lewis, A., Chesler, M., & Forman, T. (2000). The Impact of “Colorblind” Ideologies on Students of Color: Intergroup Relations at a Predominantly White University. The Journal of Negro Education, 69(1/2), 74-91. Retrieved June 12, 2020, from www.jstor.org/stable/2696266
    • Abstract: This article examines some post-admissions issues related to collegiate affirmative action. Specifically, it focuses on the experiences and interactions of students of color with their White peers on predominantly White college campuses. Focus group interviews with African American, Latino/a, Asian American, and Native American students were conducted to explore and analyze student intergroup relations. The data reveal White student behaviors that often have a negative impact on students of color, especially patterns of White “colorblindness” and color consciousness, along with racial or ethnic stereotyping. They suggest that problematic intergroup peer relations on college campuses can be best understood by placing them within the larger organizational and social contexts that frame and support them.


  •   Benz, T. A. (2019). Toxic Cities: Neoliberalism and Environmental Racism in Flint and Detroit Michigan. Critical Sociology, 45(1), 49–62. https://doi.org/10.1177/0896920517708339
    • Abstract: The consequences of neoliberal colorblind policies concerning environmental justice in Michigan are explored using critical race theorist Alan Freeman’s victim and perpetrator perspectives on legal decision-making. The victim perspective allows evidence of disparate impact to be proof of unequal protection under the law. The dominant perpetrator perspective requires proof of the intent to discriminate for a racial discrimination claim to be valid. Michigan’s environmental legal history is examined through the lens of these two perspectives, tracing how Michigan as a state, with the aid of the federal government, has institutionalized a racialized caste system of ‘worthiness’ for environmental protection through strict adherence to the perpetrator perspective. Specific attention is paid to the water crisis in Flint and a Marathon Oil refinery in Detroit. The injustices occurring at these locations are less the result of racist individuals than the product of decades of neoliberal colorblind policymaking supported and upheld in our court rooms.