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Equity, Diversity, Accessibility, and Inclusion: Welcome!

Main Research Guide of Syracuse University Libraries Diversity and Inclusion Team

Libraries are for Everyone

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. Also includes information for international students and veterans.

"Campus and Local Resources":  Syracuse University resources, student groups, articles about campus, local community resources. For additional information for international students and veterans, please see also the "Library Resources" page.

"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.

On this day: A History of Racial Injustice

Books and E-books! ...find more on Library Resources tab above

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.

Future Alternatives for Educational Leadership

[E-book] This book offers provocations for what's now and what's next in educational leadership, simultaneously bringing the field both back to its basics--of equity, democracy, humanity, and education for all--and forward to productive, innovative, and necessary possibilities. Written during the pandemic reality of 2020, this collection shares the global voices and expertise of prominent and emerging leaders, scholars, and practitioners in education from the UK, the United States, South America, Canada, Europe, Australia, and the Middle East.

Understanding Diversity

A thorough, accessible introduction to the issues and controversies surrounding concepts of class, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and disability.

[Ebook] Authentic diversity : how to change the workplace for good

The nation has transformed. The calls for racial equity are loud and insistent and they are now being listened to. And yet, companies across the country are still far behind when it comes to equity in the workplace. For decades, we've heard variations on the same theme on how to increase diversity and inclusion and we have still not moved. If we want equity to matter inside and outside the workplace, if we want to be real allies for change, then we need a new approach.

[Ebook] Fighting for farming justice : diversity, food access and the USDA

This book provides a detailed discussion of four class-action discrimination cases that have recently been settled within the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and have led to a change in the way in which the USDA supports farmers from diverse backgrounds. These settlements shed light on why access to successful farming has been so often limited to white men and/or families, and significantly this has led to a change for opportunities in the way the USDA supports famers from diverse backgrounds.  

Land Acknowledgment

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 strive to offer inclusive and accessible physical and virtual spaces. We aim to be an equitable and inclusive organization, where all staff are supported, heard and encouraged to share ideas, and where all library users feel welcome, safe and respected as they follow their own academic and creative pursuits." (Read full statement here.)

David Seaman, Ph.D, Dean of Libraries and University Librarian, Syracuse University Libraries

Language Tools

A Language Guide from the Disability Cultural Center here at Syracuse University.  The webpage also contains an extensive list of resources on the topic of "disability language and etiquette."

Selected websites and blogs


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."