DEI and Anti-Racist Educational Resources

To better support and promote a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive community within and outside of the department, we encourage you to engage with the following educational materials.

Books 

To join DCMB’s book club, please contact Kati Ellis (katilou@med.umich.edu)

Caste Book CoverCaste by Isabel Wilkerson 
  • Caste by Isabel Wilkerson - presents an impressive body of historical and current evidence pointing to the existence of a hidden caste system in America and discusses the implications of this hierarchy on health, culture, politics, and more. This book was discussed at the 2022 departmental retreat, and launched DCMB’s DEI book club. During the retreat, participants watched an interview of Isabel Wilkerson by Trevor Noah. Then they engaged in small-group discussions led with questions related to diversity and racism.
  • The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander – book about how the Jim Crow era has been reborn under the guise of mass incarceration
  • How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi - a book described as a "21st century manual of racial ethics

 

Research Articles  

Other Articles  

Blogs  

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TED Talks  

Documentaries  

  • 13th
    - film by Ava DuVernay exploring the history of racial inequality in America
  • Forgotten Genius - PBS documentary about African-American chemist Percy Julian who broke the color barrier in chemistry. This program not only highlights Julian's trailblazing achievements but as the title of the documentary suggests, sheds light on how achievements by African-Americans in spaces dominated by non-persons of color have historically gone unrecognized or been under-celebrated 

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Podcasts