Here are offices, resources and programs that may be helpful to you as we move forward with this important work.
Resources for students, staff and faculty
Ibram X. Kendi, PhD, Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities and Founding Director of the BU Center for Antiracist Research, was asked in a recent interview what people could do to support our communities of color and try to change a system deeply rooted in inequality, racism, and murder.
There is no single answer, he responded, except this: “Get involved after the marches and rallies. Invest your time and money in community-based programs that work. Support Black and brown-owned businesses.”
Current Research, Events & News
CNN: Racial discrimination may harm Black people’s cognitive health, study finds
Inverse: Study on over 17,000 black women shows how racism changes the brain
Newsweek: Racism Linked to Memory Problems in Study on African American Women
Massachusetts Patch: Boston Gravestone Dedicated To First Black Female Doctor In US
NBC News: First Black female doctor in the U.S. receives long-overdue recognition
Selected Research Centers
Diversity Offices & Resources
Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Glossary
Provided by the University of Washington Department of Epidemiology Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee. Glossary of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Terms. 2019.
Responding to/Managing Inappropriate Behavior & Treatment
Boston University Ombuds
The Office of the Ombuds is an independent, impartial, informal problem-solving resource serving BU faculty, staff, and students on both Campuses. The Office maintains strict confidentiality, and provides a safe place for off-the-record conversations on issues related to life, work, or study at Boston University.
EthicsPoint is an independent hotline for anonymous and confidential reporting of activities that may involve improper conduct or violations of Boston University policies for all BU faculty, staff and students.
All reports are investigated promptly and discreetly by the University, receiving careful consideration with the objective of addressing any improper conduct or violation of University policy.
This hotline is not a substitute for other existing reporting methods or protocols for handling concerns and complaints. If you would like to report your concern to Boston University directly and are uncertain how to begin, contact Compliance Services (firstname.lastname@example.org; 617-358-8090) for assistance.
Appropriate Treatment in Medicine
BUSM is committed to providing a supportive and respectful learning environment that fosters mutual trust among all community members. Such an educational environment engenders optimal teaching, learning, and professional development.
Professionalism Resource Service
The Professionalism Resource Service (PRS) promotes the development of professional attitudes, behaviors, and practices at BUSM and BMC in order to support a learning environment where all are treated with respect, humility, and compassion.
A confidential, independent, non-adjudicating service available at no cost, PRS can assist individuals, groups, and departments at BUSM and BMC in developing remediation strategies that preserve relationships and careers. PRS also monitors and reports on professionalism within the learning environment, supporting education activities and assessments.
Faculty Professional Development
Books, Videos, Podcasts
Angelique C. Harris, PhD, Associate Dean for Diversity & Inclusion, BUMC Director of Faculty Development and Director of Faculty Development and Diversity, Department of Medicine, suggests the resources listed below.
- A Black Women’s History of the Unites States – Daina Ramey Berry and Kali Nicole Gross
- A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America – Ronald Takaki
- A People’s History of the United States – Howard Zinn
- Ain’t I A Woman: Black Women and Feminism – Bell Hooks
- An African American and Latinx History of the United States – Paul Ortiz
- An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States – Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
- Assata, an Autobiography – Assata Shakur
- Bad Feminist – Roxane Gay
- Becoming – Michelle Obama
- Being White, Being Good: White Complicity, White Moral Responsibility, and Social Justice Pedagogy – Barbara Applebaum
- Be an Inclusive Leader: Your Role in Creating Cultures of Belonging Where Everyone Can Thrive – Jennifer Brown
- Better Allies: Everyday Actions to Create Inclusive, Engaging Workplaces – Karen Catlin
- Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment – Patricia Hill Collins
- Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do
- Blackballed: The Black and White Politics of Race on America’s Campuses – Lawrence Ross
- Color-Blind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity – Tim Wise
- Critical Race Theory: The Key Writings That Formed the Movement – Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw
- Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment is Killing America’s Heartland – Jonathan Metzel
- Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower – Brittney Cooper
- Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City – Matthew Desmond
- Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement – Angela Davis
- How to be an Anti-Racist – Ibram X. Kendi
- How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective – Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
- In Search of Our Mothers Gardens – Alice Walker
- Intersectionality – Patricia Hill Collins
- Intersectionality as Critical Social Theory – Patricia Hill Collins
- Killing Rage: Ending Racism – Bell Hooks
- Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Teacher Got Wrong – James Loewen
- March (Graphic Novel) – John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell
- Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present – Harriet A. Washington
- No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black & Free in America – Darnell L. Moore
- No Tea, No Shade. New Writings in Black Queer Studies – E. Patrick Johnson
- Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, From Ferguson to Flint and Beyond – Marc Lamont Hill
- Pedagogy of the Oppressed – Paulo Freire
- Queer People of Color: Connected but Not Comfortable – Angelique Harris, Juan Battle, Antonio Pastrana, Jr.
- Race, Work, and Leadership: New Perspectives on the Black Experience – Laura Morgan Roberts
- Racism Without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in the United States – Eduardo Bonilla-Silva
- Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America – Melissa Harris-Perry
- Sister Outsider – Audre Lorde
- So You Want To Talk About Race – Ijeoma Oluo
- Stamped from the Beginning – Ibram X. Kendi
- Subtle Acts of Exclusion: How to Understand, Identify, and Stop Microaggressions – Tiffany Jana, Michael Baran
- The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley – Malcolm X
- The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America – Richard Rothstein
- The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap – Mehrsa Baradaran
- The Myth of the Model Minority: Asian Americans Facing Racism – Rosalind S. Chou
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness – Michelle Alexander
- The Souls of Black Folk – W.E.B. Du Bois
- This Bridge Called My Back: Writing by Radical Women of Color – Cherry Moraga
- The Burning House: Jim Crow and the Making of Modern America – Anders Walker
- When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in 20th Century America – Ira Katznelson
- When the Irish Became White – Noel Ignatiev
- White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Race – Robin DiAngelo
- White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son – Tim Wise
- White Rage – Carol Anderson
- Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together In the Cafeteria? – Beverly Daniel Tatum
- Women, Race, & Class – Angela Y. Davis
- Working Toward Whiteness: How America’s Immigrants Became White: The Strange Journey from Ellis Island to the Suburbs – David R. Roediger
- Zami: A New Spelling of My Name – Audre Lorde
- Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi C
- Beloved – Toni Morrison.
- Giovanni’s Room – James Baldwin
- I Know Why The Caged Birds Sing – Maya Angelou
- Inclusion Diversity: The New Workplace and the Will to Change – Jennifer Brown
- Native Son – Richard Wrig ht
- Other Side of Paradise – Staceyann Chin
- The Bluest Eye – Toni Morrison
- The Hate You Give – Angie Thomas
- Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston
1619 (New York Times)
- An audio series on how slavery has transformed America, connecting past and present through the oldest form of storytelling.
- Co-discussants Anna Holmes, Baratunde Thurston, Raquel Cepeda and Tanner Colby host a lively multiracial, interracial conversation about the ways we can’t talk, don’t talk, would rather not talk, but intermittently, fitfully, embarrassingly do talk about culture, identity, politics, power, and privilege in our pre-post-yet-still-very-racial America.
Code Switch (NPR)
- The fearless conversations about race that you’ve been waiting for! Hosted by journalists of color, our podcast tackles the subject of race head-on. We explore how it impacts every part of society — from politics and pop culture to history, sports and everything in between. This podcast makes ALL OF US part of the conversation — because we’re all part of the story.
- A podcast hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw, an American civil rights advocate and a leading scholar of critical race theory.
Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast
- This podcast features movement voices, stories, and strategies for racial justice. Co-hosts Chevon and Hiba give their unique takes on race and pop culture, and uplift narratives of hope, struggle, and joy, as we continue to build the momentum needed to advance racial justice in our policies, institutions, and culture. Build on your racial justice lens and get inspired to drive action by learning from organizational leaders and community activists.
Pod For The Cause (The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights)
- This podcast was created for those of you wanting to effect change, who understand the importance of restoring our democracy and want to engage in deep conversation around the issues. From the courts to immigration, we’re seeing unprecedented attacks on the values we hold near and dear. At Pod for the Cause, we’re going to tackle these issues and more. Our friends in the movement will be stopping by to have these conversations, and they promise to be real, straightforward and honest.
Pod Save the People (Crooked Media)
- Activism. Social Justice. Culture. Politics. DeRay Mckesson explores news, culture, social justice, and politics with Sam Sinyangwe, Kaya Henderson and De’Ara Balenger. They offer a unique take on the news, with a special focus on overlooked stories and topics that often impact people of color. There’s also a weekly one-on-one interview with DeRay and special guests. The experts, influencers, and diverse local and national leaders who come on the show go deep on social, political, and cultural issues.
- Just what is going on with white people? Police shootings of unarmed African Americans. Acts of domestic terrorism by white supremacists. The renewed embrace of raw, undisguised white-identity politics. Unending racial inequity in schools, housing, criminal justice, and hiring. Some of this feels new, but in truth it’s an old story.Why? Where did the notion of “whiteness” come from? What does it mean? What is whiteness for?Host and producer John Biewen took a deep dive into these questions, along with an array of leading scholars and regular guest Dr. Chenjerai Kumanyika, in this fourteen-part documentary series, released between February and August 2017.
Speaking of Racism
The United State of Anxiety
- A show about the unfinished business of our history and its grip on our future. It works to connect the present with the past. Underlying almost every cultural divide and fervent debate as we approach the 2020 election is one basic question: Who is the USA for? Who’s allowed to live here? Who has control over whose body? Who gets to vote? Who gets access to a good public education? Who sets the definition of justice? Our states may be united into a nation, but we have never agreed on answers to these basic questions. At times, it feels like a civil war. The arguments we’re having now started in the aftermath of the actual Civil War, when Americans set out to do something no other country had tried before: to build the world’s first multiracial democracy.
The Wilderness (Crooked Media)
- What will it take to defeat Donald Trump in November? In season 2 of The Wilderness, Jon Favreau looks for the path to victory in 2020 by talking to voters, strategists, organizers, and candidates in the battleground states that will decide the election.
- COVID-19 and Communities of Color: Understanding Social Inequities and Building Community Immunity for Future Pandemics, David R. Williams
- The Urgency of Intersectionality, Kimberle Crenshaw
- Danger of Silence, Clint Smith III
- Ibram X Kendi on the Solution for America’s “Metastatic” Racism, Ibram X. Kendi
- How To Deconstruct Racism, One Headline At A Time, Baratunde Thurston
- Three Myths About Racism, Candis Watts Smith
- Let’s Get To The Root of Racial Injustice, Megan Ming Francis
- What Beyonce Taught Me About Racism, Brittany Baron
- How Studying Privilege Systems Can Strengthen Compassion, Peggy McIntosh
- The Power of Privilege, Tiffany Jana
- Trauma, COVID-19 Vaccine Concerns, and the Way Forward, HealthCity