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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Culturally Responsive Education: Home

This guide provides a starting point to finding resources on diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-oppression work at Shepherd University.

The Purpose of this Research Guide

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Culturally Responsive Education

This guide provides a starting point to finding resources on diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-oppression work at Shepherd University. This guide is part of ongoing campus-wide conversations on DEI-related issues, efforts, and education. If you have suggestions or feedback, please send them our way. We hope to build this into a robust and relevant resource for our community.

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Image Source: Hand artwork adapted from photos by Jon Tyson, Sharon McCutcheon Tim Mossholder and are all in the Public Domain, CC0

 

Starting Terminology

Oppression = Prejudice + Power. 

  • Prejudice - occur in feelings
  • Stereotypes - occur in thoughts
  • Discrimination - occurs in behavior. Actions of prejudice.

Ways oppression works:

  • Institutionalized or structural oppression works systemically to oppress some groups of people, whether through inequality in the law, access to economic or educational opportunity,
  • Interpersonal or individual oppression occurs between people. Oppression may be overt or covert.
    • Overt oppression is intentional
  • Internalized oppression is the unconscious feeling like one doesn't belong. This helps to perpetuates a cycle of oppression.

Allies: 

  • work to stop oppression
  • work to understand their own privilege
  • Work to help others overcome internalized oppression

Thanks & Credit

This guide was created by Holman Librarians, with thanks and credit also to Simmons College librarians, Highline College librarians, and Green River Librarians. Many thanks for sharing their excellent work! 

Diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-oppression

The Time for Equity is Now

"The American community college system is the most egalitarian system of higher education in the world. We accept the top 100% of every high school graduating class, all of them without exception and without apology. We accept learners of all ages at any point in their life. Our colleges are beacons of hope and opportunity. For some, they are the first chance to go to college, and for others, the last and only chance."

Text source: "Why Diversity and Equity Matter: Reflections from a Community College President" see link to the right


"By substituting diversity and inclusion rhetoric for transformative efforts to promote equity and justice, colleges have avoided recognizable institutional change."

Text source: "Language of Appeasement", March 2017 Inside Higher Ed

DEI Events on Campus

Office for Diversity and Equity

The Office for Diversity and Equity and Shepherd University teams are so very excited about the upcoming Juneteenth and activities throughout our service area! Please read our article and join the celebration!
Dr. Chiquita Howard-Bostic

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