Share, Learn, Grow

Share, Learn, Grow is a resource where you will find books, articles, documentaries, podcasts, conferences, performances, and more on topics related to equity, inclusion, access, and diversity.

This archive will continue to grow and get richer as you, students, faculty, and staff at UAF share resources that have opened your eyes and inspired you.

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Chokehold: Policing Black Men

By Paul Butler
"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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The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

By Michelle Alexander
"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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Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America

By Ibram X. Kendi
"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 Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America

By Richard Rothstein
"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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How To Be An Antiracist

By Ibram X. Kendi
"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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Fighter in Velvet Gloves

By Annie Boochever
"'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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Blonde Indian: An Alaska Native Memoir

By Ernestine Hayes
"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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White Fragility: Why It's So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism

By Robin DiAngelo
"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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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

By Rebecca Skloot
"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

By Debbie Irving
"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."

Thank You for Your Service

By  David Finkel
In his book Thank You For Your Service, David Finkel follows the challenges that face soldiers and their families once they return home from overseas deployments. The author focuses on those suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury, the invisible wounds of war.
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Just Mercy

For the month June 2020, Just Mercy will be available to rent for free on all digital platforms in the U.S.

“Just Mercy is based on the powerful and thought-provoking true story of young lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Jordan) and his history-making battle for justice. After graduating from Harvard, Bryan had his pick of lucrative jobs. Instead, he heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or who were not afforded proper representation, with the support of local advocate Eva Ansley (Larson). One of his first, and most incendiary, cases is that of Walter McMillian (Foxx), who, in 1987, was sentenced to die for the notorious murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite a preponderance of evidence proving his innocence and the fact that the main testimony against him came from a criminal with a motive to lie. In the years that follow, Bryan becomes embroiled in a labyrinth of legal and political maneuverings, as well as overt and unabashed racism as he fights for Walter, and others like him, with the odds—and the system—stacked against them."

Recommended by Carla Browning.

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How Traditional Tattoos are Connecting People to their Inuit Identities

Indie Alaska
"Holly Nordlum and Sarah Whalen-Lunn are Traditional Inuit Handpoke and Skin Stitch Artists. They are working to revive the Inuit tradition and create a space for connection and healing within their Inuit community. INDIE ALASKA is an original video series produced by Alaska Public Media in partnership with PBS Digital Studios. The videos capture the diverse and colorful lifestyles of everyday Alaskans at work and at play. Together, these stories present a fresh and authentic look at living in Alaska."
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Project Chariot

In the late 1950s early 1960s, the US government proposed using nuclear explosions to form a harbor near Point Hope, Alaska. Although the harbor was never created due to the tireless work of Point Hope residents, conservationists, and allies, damage had already been done. Project Chariot explores the consequences of this endevor and the aftermath of nuclear testing/contamination through the eyes of the people who it continues to affect.
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They've Gotta Have Us

"The rise of black actors as they have gone from being the backdrop to calling the shots. This is the inside story of the turning points of black life on both sides of the lens, from Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte, to the present day."
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The Black Panthers - Vanguard of the Revolution

"The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution is the first feature-length documentary to explore the Black Panther Party, its significance to the broader American culture, its cultural and political awakening for black people, and the painful lessons wrought when a movement derails."
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Indian Horse

"In late 1950s Ontario, eight-year old Saul Indian Horse is torn from his Ojibway (Anishnaabe) family and committed to one of Canada’s notorious Catholic Residential Schools. In this oppressive environment, Saul is denied the freedom to speak his language or embrace his Indigenous heritage while he witnesses horrendous abuse at the hands of the very people entrusted with his care. Despite this, Saul finds salvation in the unlikeliest of places and favourite Canadian pastime — hockey. Fascinated by the game, he secretly teaches himself to play, developing a unique and rare skill. Forced to confront his painful past, Saul draws on the spirit of his ancestors and the understanding of his friends to begin the process of healing."
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Hidden Figures

"A new book and movie document the accomplishments of NASA’s black “human computers” whose work was at the heart of the country’s greatest battles."
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The Seventies: Season 1, Episode 6, "Battle of the Sexes"

"Equal rights and the battle of the sexes take center stage as a generation of women demand freedom from second-class citizenship."
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The Freedom to Marry

"An award winning feature documentary that reveals the same sex marriage movement through the eyes of its leaders as they prepare for their final battle before the United States Supreme Court."
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The Eighties: Season 1, Episode 4, "The Fight Against AIDS"

"The '80s witness the terrifying rise of a new disease that claimed coutless lives, sparked bitter prejudices and shifted the cultural landscape."
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Code Switch | NPR

"Remember when folks used to talk about being "post-racial"? Well, we're definitely not that. We're a multi-racial, multi-generational team of journalists fascinated by the overlapping themes of race, ethnicity and culture, how they play out in our lives and communities, and how all of this is shifting."
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ADA Live

"ADA Live! is a free monthly show broadcast nationally on the Internet. Ask questions and learn about your rights and responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Leaders in the field will share their knowledge, experience and successful strategies that increase the participation of persons with disabilities in communities and businesses."
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Making Gay History

"The Making Gay History podcast mines Eric Marcus’s decades old audio archive of rare interviews — conducted for his award-winning oral history of the LGBTQ civil rights movement — to create intimate, personal portraits of both known and long-forgotten champions, heroes, and witnesses to history."
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Coffee & Quaq

"The mission of Coffee & Quaq is to celebrate, share, and explore the collective experience of contemporary Native life in urban Alaska. Coffee & Quaq aims to incite discussion on topics of interest for young Alaska Native people and bring awareness to the various facets of modern Indigenous life. It's a podcast show for Indigenous people, by Indigenous people to help provide an accurate representation of Alaska Native life in urban and rural settings."
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TED Radio Hour: Why We Hate

"From bullying to hate crimes, cruelty is all around us. So what makes us hate? And is it learned or innate? This hour, TED speakers explore the causes and consequences of hate - and how we can fight it."
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TED Radio Hour: The Consequences of Racism

"What does it mean to be judged before you walk through the door? What are the consequences? This week, TED speakers delve into the ways racism impacts our lives, from education, to health, to safety."
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TED Radio Hour: Beyond Tolerance

"Most of us were raised to believe that tolerance is a good thing, but is it enough or just the bare minimum? This hour, TED speakers on how to move beyond tolerance to a place of deeper understanding."
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NPR Hidden Brain: "Man Up"

"You've certainly heard some variations of the phrase 'be a man." But what does that even mean? This week we question our existing definitions of masculinity."
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NPR Hidden Brain: Stereotype Threat

"Annie Duke was often the only woman at the poker table, which influenced the way people saw her, and the way she saw herself. Feeling like an outsider can come at a cost, but also can be an advantage."
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#ThinkArctic Episode 19: Ronald Brower Sr., University of Alaska Fairbanks

"In this episode of #ThinkArctic, we chat with Ronald Brower Sr., an instructor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, about teaching native language and growing up in the Arctic."
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Native Movement | Trainings/Workshops

"Native Movement believes that in order to make meaningful and lasting change it is critical to address root-causes and dismantle oppressive systemic power structures. Grassroots leadership rooted in responsibility to community and utilizing strategies grounded in an Indigenized worldview and decolonizing frameworks is a powerful path forward. Our trainings, workshops, and camps are not exclusive to Indigenous peoples; rather our leadership model is shaped from an Indigenous worldview, which emphasizes deep acknowledgment of place-based knowledge and the joy and responsibility of building community."
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The White Privilege Conference

"For the past 20 years the WPC has examined challenging concepts of privilege and oppression and offers solution and team building strategies to work towards a more equitable world. WPC is a conference designed to examine issues of privilege beyond skin color. WPC is open to everyone and invites diverse perspectives to provide a comprehensive look at issues of privilege including: race, gender, sexuality, class, disability, etc."
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Addressing Challenges and Opportunities to Diversity & Inclusion

David Williams | BoardSource Leadership Forum 2017
"David Williams, PhD, MPH, an internationally recognized authority on social influence on health, is the Florence and Laura Norman Professor of Public Health at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health and professor of African and African American studies and sociology at Harvard University. His research has enhanced our understanding of the complex ways in which socioeconomic status, race, stress, racism, health behavior, and religious involvement can affect health. The Everyday Discrimination Scale that he developed is one of the most widely used measures of discrimination in health studies. This presentation will provide an overview of scientific evidence regarding the levels and extent of inequality in the U.S. It will discuss theory and evidence regarding the influence of institutional, interpersonal, and individual factors that create these inequities. It also will describe promising, practical strategies that work to promote equity and build a culture of inclusion. And it will indicate that moving an equity, diversity and inclusion agenda forward is central to the personal and national interests of all Americans."
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How To Be An Antiracist

Ibram X. Kendi
"Not being racist is not enough. We have to be antiracist. Ibram X. Kendi's incendiary polemic is stirring, provocative and impossible to ignore. Here he explains why it's not enough to simply say you're not racist."
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Why I love a country that once betrayed me

George Takei
"When he was a child, George Takei and his family were forced into an internment camp for Japanese-Americans, as a "security" measure during World War II. 70 years later, Takei looks back at how the camp shaped his surprising, personal definition of patriotism and democracy."
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The enchanting music of sign language

Christine Sun Kim
"Artist Christine Sun Kim was born deaf, and she was taught to believe that sound wasn't a part of her life, that it was a hearing person's thing. Through her art, she discovered similarities between American Sign Language and music, and she realized that sound doesn't have to be known solely through the ears — it can be felt, seen and experienced as an idea. In this endearing talk, she invites us to open our eyes and ears and participate in the rich treasure of visual language."
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Deaf in the military

Keith Nolan
"Keith Nolan was told that he couldn’t enlist in the army because he was deaf -- but he didn’t take no for an answer. After he finally convinced a commander to let him audit ROTC classes, he proved himself a top student and earned his uniform. Although a standard military hearing test prevents him from enlisting, his continued fight has inspired many would-be soldiers with disabilities -- and a vigorous online campaign on his behalf."
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Festival of Native Arts

"The Festival of Native Arts provides cultural education and sharing through traditional Native dance, music, and arts. The Festival continues the University of Alaska Fairbanks student-led tradition that began in 1973 of bringing together artists, performers, and performance groups in a celebration of Native cultures."
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Erase Me

By Quinn Christopherson
"Quinn Christopherson is an Athabaskan and Inupiaq artist. He uses vulnerability to connect with those around him through songwriting. This video, filmed for the 2019 NPR Tiny Desk Contest, takes place at the Anchorage Museum in front of a painting of Mt. Denali. The name “Denali” stems from the Athabaskan language, Koyukon."
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Lost Voices

By Darius Simpson and Scout Bostley