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

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


Oppression = Prejudice + Power. 

Ways oppression works:


  • Prejudice - occur in feelings
  • Stereotypes - occur in thoughts
  • Discrimination - occurs in behavior. Actions of prejudice.
  • 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.
  • work to stop oppression
  • work to understand their own privilege
  • Work to help others overcome internalized oppression

More Resources @ Scarborough Library

Find other great resources in Scarborough Library.

Consider these subject headings listed below to find books of the topics.

Discrimination in education -- United States
Poor children -- Education -- United States
Children with social disabilities -- Education -- United States
Academic achievement -- Social aspects -- United States
Affirmative action programs in education
Segregation in education
Stereotype Threat
Academic Performance
Inclusive Education

If we don't have what you're looking for, please use InterLibrary Loan to borrow it for free. If you think Holman Library should own a copy, please submit a request to purchase.


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

DEI 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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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


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