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Equity, Diversity, Accessibility, and Inclusion: Welcome!

Research guide of SUL Diversity and Inclusion Team

Table of contents

"Welcome" (this page): recent SU announcements,  language tools, and selected books, videos, and web resources.

"Library Resources":  library services, selected print and electronic materials, databases, and research guides

"Campus and Local Resources":  Syracuse University resources, student groups, articles about campus, local community resources

"Diversity in Higher Ed":  news from Schools and Colleges and around SU campus, teaching resources, national organizations (administration, faculty, student), articles, statistics

"Taking Action / Getting Help": report bias and access concerns, get support, take action.

"Diversity for Library Staff":  committee information, organizations, articles, training resources

The SUL Diversity and Inclusion Team presents this guide as a springboard to recognizing, appreciating, and valuing all our diversities, without necessarily agreeing with or endorsing everything contained.

Recent Announcements from SU News

April 2021: Our colleagues in the College of Arts and Sciences have created a Virtual Teach-In that discusses issues surrounding surrounding the trial of Derek Chauvin, and the murder of George Floyd, for which Chauvin will be sentenced, from racialized domination, to the interactions between Black communities and police, to police reform and self-care for traumatic stress. You can find the Virtual Teach-In here:

On this day: A History of Racial Injustice

Books! ...find more on Library Resources tab above

The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee

Beginning with the tribes' devastating loss of land and the forced assimilation of their children at government-run boarding schools, he shows how the period of greatest adversity also helped to incubate a unifying Native identity. 

The Politics of Belonging in Contemporary India

Drawing on rigorous academic research and pop culture phenomenon, the volume brings together themes of nationhood, motherhood, disability, masculinity, ethnicity, kinship and sexuality and attempts to understand them within a more complex web of issues related to space, social justice, marginality and communication.

Muslim Environmentalisms

How might understandings of environmentalism and the environmental humanities shift by incorporating Islamic perspectives? In this book, Anna M. Gade explores the religious and cultural foundations of Islamic environmentalisms.

Transnational Psychology of Women

This book presents groundbreaking scholarship on new approaches to women's psychology. Transnational psychology pushes beyond traditional Western, androcentric frameworks to provide theorists, researchers, and practitioners with tools to identify and deconstruct hegemonies, give voice to the marginalized, and critically examine the dynamic nature of identity in local and global contexts.

Making and Unmaking Disability

In this brave new theoretical approach to human physicality, Julie E. Maybee traces societal constructions of disability and impairment through Western history along three dimensions of embodiment: the personal body, the interpersonal body, and the institutional body.

Kinds Come First - Age, Gender, Class, and Ethnicity Give Meaning to Measures

In Kinds Come First, the distinguished psychologist Jerome Kagan argues that--contrary to the common assumption--age, gender, social class, and ethnicity affect the outcomes of psychological measures, and he questions the popular practice that uses statistical procedures to remove the effects of these categories to confirm a favored predictor-outcome relation.

Indigenous Food Sovereignty in the United States

Centuries of colonization and other factors have disrupted indigenous communities' ability to control their own food systems. This volume explores the meaning and importance of food sovereignty for Native peoples in the United States, and asks whether and how it might be achieved and sustained.

Politics and Society in the Contemporary Middle East

The rise and decline of ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Deepening authoritarianism in Turkey. The return to military-led rule in Egypt. The impact of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman in Saudi Arabia. These are among the many current topics covered in the third edition of the acclaimed Politics and Society in the Contemporary Middle East.

Black Is the Body

I am black - and brown too," writes Emily Bernard. "Brown is the body I was born into. Black is the body of the stories I tell." And the storytelling, and the mystery of Bernard's storytelling, of getting to the truth, begins with a stabbing in the gut in a coffee shop in a New England college town. 

Rising Out of Hatred

From a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, the powerful story of how a prominent white supremacist changed his heart and mind.

Selected websites and blogs


Syracuse University Libraries would like to acknowledge with respect the Onondaga Nation, firekeepers of the Haudenosaunee, the indigenous peoples on whose ancestral lands Syracuse University now stands.

Syracuse University Libraries Statement

"The Libraries must serve as welcoming havens of safety, respect, openness, and accessibility to all members of our University community. Our doors are open to all who wish to pursue their creativity, research, and learning, no matter their skin color, ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender identity, or disability."

David Seaman, Ph.D, Dean of Libraries and University Librarian, Syracuse University Libraries (see full statement)

Language Tools


A series of very short documentaries, "A conversation on race", from the New York Times features numerous people speaking about their personal experiences.  Some videos contain words that may offend viewers. Note: if you have a problem loading videos, try a different browser.


Below are just a few of the thousands of videos from We offer these as starting points for reflection, and do not necessarily agree with or endorse the viewpoints of the speakers. Captions in multiple languages are available by clicking on the small box with three dots once the video starts.  Additional videos can be found under "Library Resources."