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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Rebecca Skloot
Category: Nonfiction
Summary: "Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, in vitro fertilization, and more. Henrietta’s cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can’t afford health insurance." 

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Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race
Debbie Irving
Category: Nonfiction
Summary: "My hope is that by sharing my sometimes cringe-worthy struggle to understand racism and racial tensions, I offer a fresh perspective on bias, stereotypes, manners, and tolerance. As I unpack my own long-held beliefs about colorblindness, being a good person, and wanting to help people of color, I reveal how each of these well-intentioned mindsets actually perpetuated my ill-conceived ideas about race. I also explain why and how I’ve changed the way I talk about racism, work in racially mixed groups, and understand the racial justice movement as a whole." 

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Thank You for Your Service
David Finkel
Category: Nonfiction
Summary: In the ironically titled Thank You for Your Service, Finkel writes with tremendous compassion not just about the soldiers but about their wives and children. Where do soldiers belong after their homecoming? Is it reasonable, or even possible, to expect them to rejoin their communities as if nothing has happened? And in moments of hardship, who can soldiers turn to if they feel alienated by the world they once lived in? These are the questions Finkel faces as he revisits the brave but shaken men of the 2-16. 

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White Fragility: Why It's So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism
Robin DiAngelo
Category: Nonfiction
Summary: "White Fragility is a state in which even a minimum amount of racial stress becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves. These moves include the outward display of emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and behaviors such as argumentation, silence, and leaving the stress-inducing situation. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium. This book explicates the dynamics of White Fragility and how we might build our capacity in the on-going work towards racial justice."

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Blonde Indian: An Alaska Native Memoir
Ernestine Hayes
Category: Nonfiction
Summary: "Told in eloquent layers that blend Native stories and metaphor with social and spiritual journeys, this enchanting memoir traces the author’s life from her difficult childhood growing up in the Tlingit community, through her adulthood, during which she lived for some time in Seattle and San Francisco, and eventually to her return home. Neither fully Native American nor Euro-American, Hayes encounters a unique sense of alienation from both her Native community and the dominant culture. We witness her struggles alongside other Tlingit men and women—many of whom never left their Native community but wrestle with their own challenges, including unemployment, prejudice, alcoholism, and poverty."

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Fighter in Velvet Gloves
Annie Boochever
Category: Nonfiction
Summary: "'No Natives Allowed!' The sign blared at the young Tlingit girl from southeast Alaska. The sting of those words stayed with Elizabeth Peratrovich all her life. They also made her determined to work for change. In 1945, when Elizabeth was 34 years old, she gave a powerful speech before a packed session of the Alaska Territorial Legislature. Her testimony about the evils of racism crowned years of work by Alaska Native People and their allies and led to passage of Alaska's landmark Anti-Discrimination Act, nearly two decades before President Lyndon Johnson signed the US Civil Rights Act of 1964."

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How To Be An Antiracist
Ibram X. Kendi
Category: Nonfiction
Recommended by: Anonymous
Summary: "Ibram X. Kendi's concept of antiracism reenergizes and reshapes the conversation about racial justice in America--but even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. Instead of working with the policies and system we have in place, Kendi asks us to think about what an antiracist society might look like, and how we can play an active role in building it. In his memoir, Kendi weaves together an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science--including the story of his own awakening to antiracism--bringing it all together in a cogent, accessible form. He begins by helping us rethink our most deeply held, if implicit, beliefs and our most intimate personal relationships (including beliefs about race and IQ and interracial social relations) and reexamines the policies and larger social arrangements we support. How to Be an Antiracist promises to become an essential book for anyone who wants to go beyond an awareness of racism to the next step of contributing to the formation of a truly just and equitable society."

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The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America
Richard Rothstein
Category: Nonfiction
Recommended by: Anonymous
Summary: "In The Color of Law (published by Liveright in May 2017), Richard Rothstein argues with exacting precision and fascinating insight how segregation in America—the incessant kind that continues to dog our major cities and has contributed to so much recent social strife—is the byproduct of explicit government policies at the local, state, and federal levels."

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Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
Ibram X. Kendi
Category: Nonfiction
Recommended by: Anonymous
Summary: "In this deeply researched and fast-moving narrative, Kendi chronicles the entire story of anti-Black racist ideas and their staggering power over the course of American history. Stamped from the Beginning uses the life stories of five major American intellectuals to offer a window into the contentious debates between assimilationists and segregationists and between racists and antiracists. From Puritan minister Cotton Mather to Thomas Jefferson, from fiery abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison to brilliant scholar W.E.B. Du Bois to legendary anti-prison activist Angela Davis, Kendi shows how and why some of our leading proslavery and pro-civil rights thinkers have challenged or helped cement racist ideas in America."

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The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
Michelle Alexander
Category: Nonfiction
Recommended by: Anonymous
Summary: "Alexander shows that, by targeting black men through the War on Drugs and decimating communities of color, the U.S. criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control, even as it formally adheres to the principle of colorblindness. The New Jim Crow challenges the civil rights community—and all of us—to place mass incarceration at the forefront of a new movement for racial justice in America."

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Chokehold: Policing Black Men
Paul Butler
Category: Nonfiction
Recommended by: Anonymous
Summary: "Cops, politicians, and ordinary people are afraid of black men. The result is the Chokehold: laws and practices that treat every African American man like a thug. In this explosive new book, an African American former federal prosecutor shows that the system is working exactly the way it’s supposed to. Black men are always under watch, and police violence is widespread—all with the support of judges and politicians."

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So You Want to Talk About Race
Ijeoma Oluo
Category: Nonfiction
Recommended by: Evon Peter in his June 19, 2020 Friday Focus
Summary: "Widespread reporting on aspects of white supremacy–from police brutality to the mass incarceration of Black Americans–has put a media spotlight on racism in our society. Still, it is a difficult subject to talk about. How do you tell your roommate her jokes are racist? Why did your sister-in-law take umbrage when you asked to touch her hair–and how do you make it right? How do you explain white privilege to your white, privileged friend? In So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo guides readers of all races through subjects ranging from intersectionality and affirmative action to “model minorities” in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about race and racism, and how they infect almost every aspect of American life."

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An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
Category: Nonfiction
Recommended by: Evon Peter in his June 19, 2020 Friday Focus
Summary: "Today in the United States, there are more than five hundred federally recognized Indigenous nations comprising nearly three million people, descendants of the fifteen million Native people who once inhabited this land. The centuries-long genocidal program of the US settler-colonial regimen has largely been omitted from history. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz offers a history of the United States told from the perspective of Indigenous peoples and reveals how Native Americans, for centuries, actively resisted expansion of the US empire."

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On Being Included: Racism and Diversity in Institutional Life
Sara Ahmed
Category: Nonfiction
Recommended by: Maureen Hogan
Summary: "What does diversity do? What are we doing when we use the language of diversity? Sara Ahmed offers an account of the diversity world based on interviews with diversity practitioners in higher education, as well as her own experience of doing diversity work. Diversity is an ordinary, even unremarkable, feature of institutional life. Yet diversity practitioners often experience institutions as resistant to their work, as captured through their use of the metaphor of the "brick wall." On Being Included offers an explanation of this apparent paradox. It explores the gap between symbolic commitments to diversity and the experience of those who embody diversity. Commitments to diversity are understood as "non-performatives" that do not bring about what they name. The book provides an account of institutional whiteness and shows how racism can be obscured by the institutionalization of diversity. Diversity is used as evidence that institutions do not have a problem with racism. On Being Included offers a critique of what happens when diversity is offered as a solution. It also shows how diversity workers generate knowledge of institutions in attempting to transform them."

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Black History in the Last Frontier
Ian Hartman with a foreword by Ed Wesley
Category: Nonfiction
Summary: "The book illuminates historical records and oral histories of African Americans who have worked and lived in Alaska for over 150 years – hunting for whales, patrolling the seas, building roads, serving in the military, opening businesses, winning political office, and forging communities."

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Seeing Patients: Unconscious Bias in Health Care
Augustus A. White III with David Chanoff
Category: Nonfiction
Summary: Growing up in Jim Crow–era Tennessee and training and teaching in overwhelmingly white medical institutions, Gus White witnessed firsthand how prejudice works in the world of medicine. While race relations have changed dramatically since then, old ways of thinking die hard. In this blend of memoir and manifesto, Dr. White draws on his experience as a resident at Stanford Medical School, a combat surgeon in Vietnam, and head orthopedic surgeon at one of Harvard’s top teaching hospitals to make sense of the unconscious bias that riddles medical care, and to explore how we can do better in a diverse twenty-first-century America.

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Microaggressions in Everyday Life: Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation
Derald Wing Sue
Category: Nonfiction
Summary: "This book insightfully looks at the various kinds of microaggressions and their psychological effects on both perpetrators and their targets."

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Author(s): First Nations Development Institutte
Summary: "The staff members of First Nations Development Institute have compiled a list of what they consider to be essential reading for anyone interested in the Native American experience."

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Black Girl Dangerous on Race, Queerness, Class and Gender
Author: Mia McKenzie
Category: Nonfiction
Recommended by: Alyssa Quintyne during her 02/15/2022 Shine a Light: Black Organizing in Alaska talk.
Summary: "Mia McKenzie, creator of the enormously popular website Black Girl Dangerous, writes about race, queerness, class and gender in a concise, compelling voice filled at different times with humor, grief, rage, and joy. In this collection of her work from BGD (now available only in this book), McKenzie’s nuanced analysis of intersecting systems of oppression goes deep to reveal the complicated truths of a multiply-marginalized experience. McKenzie tackles the hardest questions of our time with clarity and courage, in language that is accessible to non-academics and academics alike. She is both fearless and vulnerable, demanding and accountable. Hers is a voice like no other." 

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Hood Feminism
Author: Mikki Kendall
Category: Nonfiction
Recommended by: Alyssa Quintyne during her 02/15/2022 Shine a Light: Black Organizing in Alaska talk.
Summary: "In her searing collection of essays, Mikki Kendall takes aim at the legitimacy of the modern feminist movement, arguing that it has chronically failed to address the needs of all but a few women. Drawing on her own experiences with hunger, violence, and hypersexualization, along with incisive commentary on politics, pop culture, the stigma of mental health, and more, Hood Feminism delivers an irrefutable indictment of a movement in flux. An unforgettable debut, Kendall has written a ferocious clarion call to all would-be feminists to live out the true mandate of the movement in thought and in deed." 

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Brown Girl, Brownstones
Author: Paule Marshall
Category: Fiction
Recommended by: Alyssa Quintyne during her
02/15/2022 Shine a Light: Black Organizing in Alaska talk.
Summary: "Set in Brooklyn during the Great Depression and World War II, Brown Girl, Brownstones chronicles the efforts of Barbadian immigrants to surmount poverty and racism and to make their new country home. Selina Boyce is torn between the opposing aspirations of her parents: her hardworking, ambitious mother longs to buy a brownstone row house while her easygoing father prefers to dream of effortless success and his native island’s lushness." 

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Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice that Shapes What We See, Think, and Do
Author: Jennifer L. Eberhardt
Category: Nonfiction
Recommended by: Anonymous
Summary: "How do we talk about bias? How do we address racial disparities and inequities? What role do our institutions play in creating, maintaining, and magnifying those inequities? What role do we play? With a perspective that is at once scientific, investigative, and informed by personal experience, Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt offers us the language and courage we need to face one of the biggest and most troubling issues of our time. She exposes racial bias at all levels of society—in our neighborhoods, schools, workplaces, and criminal justice system. Yet she also offers us tools to address it. Eberhardt shows us how we can be vulnerable to bias but not doomed to live under its grip. Racial bias is a problem that we all have a role to play in solving." 

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Stop Talking: Indigenous Ways of Teaching and Learning and Difficult Dialogues in Higher Education
Author(s): Ilarion (Larry) Merculieff and Libby Roderick
Summary: "This book describes a unique higher education project that broke some difficult silences between academic and Native communities by introducing a small group of non-Native faculty members to traditional Alaska Native ways of teaching and learning. It presents a model for a Native-designed and run faculty development intensive, strategies for applying indigenous pedagogies in western learning environments, reflection on education by Alaska Native Elders, and reports from participants on what they learned and what they tried in their classrooms. It is intended to stimulate discussion and reflection about best practices in higher education."

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Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others
Author(s): Laura van Dernoot Lipsky with Connie Burk, Foreword by Jon R. Conte
Summary: "This book is written for anyone who is doing work with an intention to make the world more sustainable and hopeful—all in all, a better place—and who, through this work, is exposed to the hardship, pain, crisis, trauma, or suffering of other living beings or the planet itself. It is for those who notice that they are not the same people they once were, or are being told by their families, friends, colleagues, or pets that something is different about them."

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Fugitive Pedagogy: Carter G. Woodson and the Art of Black Teaching
Author: Jarvis R. Givens
Summary: "Black education was a subversive act from its inception. African Americans pursued education through clandestine means, often in defiance of law and custom, even under threat of violence. They developed what Jarvis Givens calls a tradition of “fugitive pedagogy”—a theory and practice of Black education in America. [...] There is perhaps no better exemplar of this heritage than Carter G. Woodson―groundbreaking historian, founder of Black History Month, and legendary educator under Jim Crow. [...] Fugitive Pedagogy chronicles Woodson’s efforts to fight against the “mis-education of the Negro” by helping teachers and students to see themselves and their mission as set apart from an anti-Black world. "

Facebook adds Alaska’s Inupiaq as Language Option (PDF)
Source: PBS News Hour
Author: Rachel D'Oro
Date: Sept. 8, 2018
Summary: "A new Inupiaq language option recently went live on Facebook for those who employ the social media giant’s community translation tool."

UAF Opens Door to New All-Gender Bathroom (PDF)
Source: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
Author: Erin Granger
Date: Feb. 26, 2018

The Case for Reparations (PDF)
Source: The Atlantic
Author: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Date: June 2014
Recommended by: Anonymous
Summary: "Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole."

Amplifying Indigenous Voices (PDF)
Source: Hybrid Pedagogy
Author: Sue Renes
Date: Oct. 21, 2014
Recommended by: Anonymous
Summary: "It is not too hard to recognize that educational institutions, to a large degree, determine the process of engagement with learning and engagement with the learners. It should come as no surprise that unrepresented students might be tentative about actively participating in this process when their previous experiences with other schools or other social institutions might not have been positive. What underrepresented students are often asked to do, whether it is recognized or not, is leave their true identities — their true voices — at the door."

Pledging to Disrupt Systemic Racism in Higher Education Advocacy (PDF)
Source: Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Author: Kyle Southern
Date: June 12, 2020
Recommended by: Anonymous
Summary: Kyle Southern specifies actionable steps to disrupt systemic racism as a white male in higher education.

Student-Athletes’ Experiences with Racial Microaggressions in Sport: A Foucauldian Discourse Analysis (PDF)
Author: Lee et al.
Date: May 6, 2018
Summary: "This study sheds light on how racial microaggressions manifest in the lives of student-athletes and how the discourses and practices we take for granted constitute racial subjectivities."

Is Your Degree Program Too Complicated? (PDF)
Source: The Chronicle for Higher Education
Authors: Beth McMurtrie

Identity Alaska
Source: Identity, Inc.
Summary: Alaskan LGBT organization, Identity, Inc. (est. in 1977), maintains an archive of their newsletter, NorthView, from 1980-2013. These newsletters provide a glimpse into Alaskan queer history through opinion pieces, accounts of Pride and local Balls, advertisements, photos, event calendars, and reports on queer news. Other Identity, Inc. records can be accessed through the UAA/APU Consortium Library's Special Collections.

Deloitte: Six traits of inclusive leadership
Author: Janet Brice
Summary: "Six signature traits to becoming an inclusive business leader in today’s diverse and challenging workplace have been identified in a report from consultants Deloitte."

Extending the Knapsack: Using the White Privilege Analysis to Examine Conferred Advantage and Disadvantage
Author: Peggy McIntosh
Summary: "This article describes a self-awareness activity that utilizes a directed reading on privilege and a small-group discussion format to examine unearned disadvantage and unearned advantage in one’s life. This exercise can help clinicians to better understand systemic and individual sources of power and privilege in society."
Free to read with UA login.

White Scholars, Black Spaces
Author(s): Jennie Williams and Janelle Peifer


A ‘Real Good’ Story The R.G. and Onnie Bouchum Scholarship (PDF)
Source: UAF Aurora Fall 2008 (p 14-17)
Author: LJ Evans


Honoring Elizabeth Peratrovich: We Walk in the Footsteps of Strong Alaska Native Women (PDF)
UAS Sitka
Summary: "This series of short profiles honors the accomplishments of a handful of Alaska Native women. Elizabeth Peratrovich’s legacy is strong, forward moving, and being furthered by other strong Alaska Native women.This collection aims to inspire us all to recognize the many who are following in her footsteps, and explores the achievements of 27 Alaska Native women, across many communities, sectors, and industries."

Black Life Matters: Anti-Racism Resources for Social Workers and Therapists
Social Work Career
Recommended by: Anonymous
Summary: This is a collection of anti-racist resources (infographics, YouTube videos, books, TV shows, podcasts, etc.).

You Are On Indigenous Land: Resources & Considerations for Recognizing Indigenous People through Land Acknowledgment (PDF)
Melissa Shaginoff
Summary: Land acknowledgement resource created by Melissa Shaginoff, an Ahtna Athabascan and Paiute artist, social activist, and curator of Alaska Pacific University’s Art Galleries.

Alaska Native Knowledge Network
"The Alaska Native Knowledge Network (ANKN) is an AKRSI partner designed to serve as a resource for compiling and exchanging information related to Alaska Native knowledge systems and ways of knowing. It has been established to assist Native people, government agencies, educators and the general public in gaining access to the knowledge base that Alaska Natives have acquired through cumulative experience over millennia."

Red Pen Syndrome: Ailments, Diagnosis, Treatments and Vaccines
Authors: Stefanie Ickert-Bond, Mario Muscarella, Sarah Stanley, Ute Kaden, and Christine Davenport
Date: March 24, 2021
Summary: "The Red Pen Syndrome is a set of barriers to access, engagement, and success for underrepresented groups in STEM. This poster session identifies when an expert suffers from Red Pen Syndrome (the ailment), what symptoms are the manifestation of the ailment (the diagnosis), how to provide resources that might help prevent this Syndrome from becoming more widespread (vaccines), and the fact that there is no cure: Our work must be ongoing and intentional work (treatments)."

Building Diverse Campuses Report (PDF article | PDF report)
Source: The Chronicle of Higher Education
Sarah Brown

SafeZone Participant Packet (PDF)
Source: Nanook Diversity & Action Center

2021 Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Inclusive Language Guidelines (PDF article)
Souce: APA
Summary: "These guidelines aim to raise awareness, guide learning, and support the use of culturally sensitive terms and phrases that center the voices and perspectives of those who are often marginalized or stereotyped. They also explain the origins for problematic terms and phrases and offer suitable alternatives or more contemporary replacements. This document will be flexible and iterative in nature, continuing to evolve as new terminology emerges or current language becomes obsolete."

Transforming Trajectories for Women of Color in Tech (2022)
Source: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Committee on Addressing the Underrepresentation of Women of Color in Tech
Summary: This book outlines the barriers faced by Women of Color who are interested in, attempting to enter, or are currently in STEM fields and provides recommendations to improve recruitment, retention, and advancement of Women of Color in STEM.
PDF can be downloaded for free by creating an account or signing in as a guest.

Frequently Asked Questions about Transgender People
Source: National Center for Transgender Equality

Rules for White Mentors
Author(s): Sandra Sanchez and Erik Anderson

Anti-Racism Action Guides
Source: Emory University School of Medicine
Summary: This series of amazing anti-racism action guides, created by Emory University, provides clear and concise actions people can take to be anti-racist. These guides cover a wide variety of topics and are a great place to begin your own anti-racist journey. The non-medical field specific guides are:

  • Recognizing and Responding to Microaggressions 
  • Self-Exploration
  • What can I do as a White Person?
  • Talk to Your Kids about Race (available in various languages)
  • How to Talk with Colleagues about Race, Racism, and Anti-Racism
  • Reducing Bias in Recommendation Letters, Candidate Evaluations and Assessments of Academic Products
  • ACT for Anti-Racism

Racial Equity Tools
Summary: Racial Equity Tools provides "tools, research, tips, curricula, and ideas for people who want to increase their own understanding and to help those working for racial justice at every level – in systems, organizations, communities, and the culture at large."

How to Hold an Inclusion Moment (PDF)
Source: American Chemical Society

Inclusion Icebreakers
Source: Colorado School of Mines

Advancing Antiracism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in STEMM Organizations (2023)
Source: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Committee on Advancing Antiracism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in STEM Organizations