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Race, Racism and Social Justice - Grand Challenge

Library support for the Grand Challenge.


Welcome to the Race, Racism and Social Justice Grand Challenge Guide!

Penfield Library supports SUNY Oswego's second Grand Challenge: Race, Racism and Social Justice. This resource guide contains recommended library resources and online resources for faculty members as you and your students work on projects related to the many issues surround race, racism and social justice. 

This guide is by no means exhaustive, but rather serves as a starting place for finding information from a variety of sources. 

The purpose of this resource guide is to provide faculty, staff, and students with a primer for understanding racism, antiracism, white privilege, allyship, and antiracist pedagogy. This guide also offers starting material on racism and antiracism in each field of study offered at SUNY Oswego, divided by subject areas. Some of the sections have been combined or are shorter than others due to the scarcity of sources in that field of study. We have also included a section dedicated to support materials for Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC).


In no way does this guide summarize the resources available related to all oppressed identities. We welcome feedback and suggestions for this research guide. Please email your suggestions to



Racelighting Webinar

Description Recently, Drs. Frank Harris III and J. Luke Wood had an article published in Diverse Issues in Higher Education on Racelighting. They discussed “racelighting” as a unique type of gaslighting experienced in the daily, normalized realities of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. Racelighting refers to the process whereby People of Color question their own thoughts and actions due to systematically delivered racialized messages that make them second guess their own lived experiences with racism. This webinar will be an informal discussion between Drs. Harris III and Wood on how Racelighting manifests in schools, community colleges, and universities.


Kate Slater's Website:
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In-Depth on Inclusion - Ending Polite Silence | University of New Hampshire

Description "There are so many rules that were not created by or for women; nevertheless, we often comply without asking questions. It is time we break the cycle, create guidelines, identify core values and end the silence about injustice. Funmi Oyekunle '12 will moderate a panel of UNH alumnae including Carol Tonge Mack '97G, '99G, Jacquesline Walker ’10, and Susan Yen '15 as they discuss the structural “-isms” that show up for Black women every day in the workplace and other settings. Cultural competency strategies to support Black women colleagues and gain a better understanding of diversity and inclusion in the workplace will be shared. We must End Polite Silence™ to begin the healing process before moving forward."

Racism and Antiracism

Racism is prejudice plus power based on race. In the United States, racism is the result of white supremacy. It is a system of power and oppression/advantage and disadvantage based on race and it takes several forms:

  • Individual racism 
  • Interpersonal racism 
  • Institutional racism 
  • Structural racism 

All of these forms are explained in the following link:

Talking about Race: What is Racism and Antiracism? - Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture

Antiracism is actively fighting against racism in all of its forms.


"Racial Microaggressions are commonplace verbal or behavioral indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, which communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative slights and insults in relation to race. They are structurally based and invoke oppressive systems of racial hierarchy. Racial Microinvalidations, Microinsults, Microassaults are specific types of microaggressions.

Note: The prefix “micro” is used because these are invocations of racial hierarchy at the individual level (person to person), where as the "macro" level refers to aggressions committed by structures as a whole (e.g. an organizational policy). "Micro" in no way minimalizes or otherwise evaluates the impact or seriousness of the aggressions." - Simmons University, Anti-Racism Guide

Eliminating Microaggressions: The Next Level of Inclusion | Tiffany Alvoid | TEDxOakland

TEDTalks: Kimberlé Crenshaw: The Urgency of Intersectionality

Now more than ever, it's important to look boldly at the reality of race and gender bias -- and understand how the two can combine to create even more harm. Kimberlé Crenshaw uses the term "intersectionality" to describe this phenomenon; as she says, if you're standing in the path of multiple forms of exclusion, you're likely to get hit by both. In this moving talk, she calls on us to bear witness to this reality and speak up for victims of prejudice.

So You Want To Talk About Race

Ijeoma Oluo: "So You Want to Talk About Race" | Talks at Google

Conversations About Race

A Conversation With Native Americans on Race | Op-Docs | New York Times

A Conversation With Black Women on Race | Op-Docs

A Conversation With White People On Race | Op-Docs | The New York Times

ASIAN | How You See Me

I Am Not Your Asian Stereotype | Canwen Xu | TEDxBoise

A Conversation About Growing Up Black | Op-Docs | The New York Times

A Conversation With Latinos on Race | Op-Docs | New York Times

Colorism in the Latinx Community! Ft. Lee Chin | Decoded | MTV

Confronting Racism and Bigotry: 2020 National Book Festival | Library of Congress

Description: From Ibram X. Kendi, the National Book Award-winning author of "How to Be an Antiracist" (One World), comes a groundbreaking approach to understanding and uprooting racism and inequality. From Saeed Jones, winner of the 2019 Kirkus Prize in nonfiction, comes "How We Fight for Our Lives: A Memoir" (Simon & Schuster), a devastating memoir about power (who has it, how and why we deploy it) and frailty. Moderated by NPR correspondent Michel Martin.

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