Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI)

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The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) webpage is a resource for community members, educators, and students to promote further engagement, learning, and awareness around DEI.  Here, you will find historical documents, books, articles, podcasts, videos, and more related to the history, the various movements, associated terms, the scholarship, and tools related to DEI.

Suggested use is only limited by the imagination, but a book club might be a great place to start for anyone looking to gain more knowledge in this area. For teachers, some of these resources may be useful to incorporate into K-16 curriculum. For community members, these resources may be useful in understanding the diversity locally and the ways in which to build bridges and forge networks to foster greater unity and belonging.

Resources from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO)

  1. The CCCCO 2020 Vision for Success Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force report can be found here.
  2. The CCCCO Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Integration Plan can be found here.
  3. The CCCCO Call to Action Letter can be found here.
  4. The CCCCO Glossary of DEI terms can be found here.
  5. The CCCCO Board Resolution Declaring Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Awareness Month can be found here.
  6. The CCCCO Recommendations from the Vision for Success Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Taskforce can be found here.

Resources from the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges (ASCCC)

  1. The ASCCC Senate Rostrum of July 2020 addresses DEI issues and can be found here.
  2. The ASCCC Position Paper “Anti-Racism Education in California Community Colleges” can be found here.
  3. The ASCCC Diversity and Action Committee webpage can be found here.
  4. The ASCCC Develop Resources on Effective Practices for Anti-Racist, Equitable, and Inclusive Instructional Strategies Resolution can be found here.
  5. *The Student Senate for California Community Colleges (SSCCC) “Anti-Racism: A Student Plan of Action” can be found here.

Taft College Board Policies Related to DEI

The following board policies address issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion from an institutional level:

  1.  To read about our policy against workplace discrimination, review this board policy: Nondiscrimination, Board Policy 3410;
  2.  To learn about our policy regarding equal employment, check out this board policy: Equal Employment Opportunity, Board Policy 3420;
  3.  To learn about our policies against harassment of all kinds, check out these board policies:
    1. Prohibition of Harassment, Board Policy 3430,
    2. Prohibition of Sexual Harassment under Title IX, Board Policy 3433, and
    3.  Sexual and Other Assaults on Campus, Board Policy 3540
  4.  To learn more about our zero tolerance on bullying, check out this board policy: Prohibition of Bullying, Board Policy 3436;
  5.  Learn more about academic freedom with this board policy: Academic Freedom, Board Policy 4030;
  6.   This board policy addresses speech: Speech: Time, Place, and Manner, Board Policy 3900; and
  7.   Read about our board policy prohibiting workplace violence: Workplace Violence, Board Policy 3510.

A Curated List of Resources and Materials on DEI

  1. White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin Di Angelo and Michael Eric Dyson
  2. How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
  3. What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker: A Memoir in Essays by Damon Young
  4. Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice that Shapes What We See, Think and Do by Jennifer Eberhardt
  5. So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  6. Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
  7. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindess by John Lewis and Michael D’Orso
  8. White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson, Ph.D.
  9. The Invention of the White Race by Theodore W. Allen
  10. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  11. Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II by Douglas A. Blackmon
  12. Choke Hold: Policing Black Men by Paul Butler
  13. Engaging the Race Question in U.S. Higher Education by Alicia C. Dowd and Estela Mara Bensimon
  14. From Equity Talk to Equity Walk: Expanding Practitioner Knowledge for Racial Justice in Higher Education by Tia Brown McNair, Estela Mara Bensimon, and Lindsey Malcom-Piqueux
  15. Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do by Claude M. Steele
  16. Overcoming Our Racism: The Journey to Liberation by Derald Wing Sue
  1. About Race.”
  2. Another Round.”  Apple Podcasts. 
  3. Campu.Densho.
  4. Caught.” WNYC Studios.
  5. Chicano Squad.” Voxmedia Podcast Network. 
  6. Codeswitch.” NPR. 
  7. Come Through with Rebecca Carol.” WNYC Studios.
  8. Counter Stories.” Apple Podcasts.
  9. Dear White Women.”
  10. Floodlines.” The Atlantic.
  11. Good Ancestor Podcast.”
  12. Intersectionality Matters.” Apple Podcasts.
  13. La Brega.” WNYC Studios.   
  14. The Nod.Gimlet.
  15. Nice White Parents.” The New York Times.
  16. No Country For Young Women.” BBC. 
  17. Pod Save the People.” Apple Podcasts. 
  18. Scene on Radio.” Apple Podcasts. 
  19. Still Processing.” The New York Times.
  20. The Stoop.”
  21. Teikirisi.” Teikirisi.
  22. Revisionist History.”
  23. Soo Many White Guys.” WNYC Studios.
  24. Speaking of Racism.” Apple Podcasts. 
  25. The United States of Anxiety.” WNYC Studios.
  26. Yo, Is This Racist?Earwolf.
Social Media Videos, Speeches, Interviews

Crime and Responsibility: War, Indiscriminate Bombing and Mass Killing—Yuki Tanaka” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpRTXfN6iDA


“Angela Davis Speaking at UCLA, 1969.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxCqTEMgZUc


“Amanda Gorman Reads Inauguration Poem: ‘The Hill We Climb.’” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZ055ilIiN4


“Black Leaders Discussion Feat: Angela Davis, Kwame Ture & Fannie Lou Hamer, 1973.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MojDoeloUTc


“Cesar Chavez Speaking at UCLA, 1972.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlLs_fVBWzM


“Fannie Lou Hamer’s Powerful Testimony, Freedom Summer.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07PwNVCZCcY


“Firing Line with William F. Buckley: Mohammed Ali and the Negro Movement”



“Free and the Brave: A Speech by James Baldwin, 1963.”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMYgOfcgMaI


“How to Deconstruct Racism One Headline at at Time—Baratunde Thurston.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZgkjEdMbSw


“I Have a Dream Speech, Martin Luther King Jr. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vP4iY1TtS3s


“James Baldwin Debates William F. Buckley.”



“Malcom X Interview at UC Berkley.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZMrti8QcPA


“What to The Slave is the Fourth of July?’: Descendants Read Frederick Douglass’ Speech via NPR.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBe5qbnkqoM&t=169s

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