Resources and supports to help students, faculty, and staff advance equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism.

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Fostering equity, diversity, and inclusion involves change at both the individual and systemic level. For us, it is important that we understand the different kinds of discrimination faced by faculty, staff, and students of colour. We have compiled a list of resources that you can use as a jumping off point. Happy unlearning!

How does academia benefits from systemic racism?

Resource NameSummaryAudience
4 Ways That Scientists And Academics Can Effectively Combat Racism | ArticleHow individual scientists can play a major role in transforming science and academia into a safer, more inclusive environment.Faculty, Staff, Students
A Dozen-Plus Ways You Can Foster Educational Equity | Guide/ ArticleTeaches non-Black faculty members how to dismantle educational inequities in practical ways.Faculty, Staff
Accept That You’re Racist. Then, Get To Work Dismantling Racism | ArticleFor White people who wish to be anti-racist, the first step in facilitating change is likely also the hardest: White people need to accept that they’re racist.Faculty, Staff, Students
Anthropology Courses | Undergraduate/ Graduate CoursesStudy human diversity and commonality locally, nationally, and internationally. Students
Anti-racist TA Training Resources/Readings (Megan McIntyre, @RCMeg) | GuideList of decolonial teaching resources as well as insight into the history of teaching in higher education.Faculty, Staff, Students
Antiracism Requires Accomplices | GuideWhat it means to be anti-racist, action resource list, What it means to be anti-racist, action resource list, and an anti-racism resource list.Faculty, Staff, Students
Apathy is Boring | OrganizationA non-partisan, charitable organization that supports and educates youth to be active and contributing citizens in Canada’s democracy. Students
BIPOC Authored Psychology Papers | GuideA starting point to find research conducted by BIPOC researchers.Faculty, Staff, Students
Collaborative Resource: Addressing systemic shortcomings in mental health training | GuideA collaborative document for students, faculty, and programs in mental health training. Faculty, Staff, Students
Colour Connected Against Racism UBC | OrganizationAn AMS resource group that works to end racism, and all forms of oppression, discrimination and prejudice.Students
Concrete Steps for Recruiting, Supporting, and Advancing Underrepresented Minoritized Scientists | GuideTeaches over-represented scientists to get engaged and work toward equity and fair representation. Faculty, Staff
Contextualizing the cost of racism for people of colour: Theory, research, and practice | TextbookLeading scholars examine the felt experience of being the target of racism, with a focus on mental and physical health. Faculty, Students
Culturally-responsive Teaching and the Brain by Zaretta Hammond | TextbookOffers an innovative approach for designing and implementing brain-compatible culturally responsive instruction. Faculty, Students
Even the Rat was White: A Historical View of Psychology by Robert Guthrie | TextbookHistories of social psychology are presented in detail concerning early African-American psychologists and their scientific contributions.Faculty, Students
Gender, Race, and Social Justice Courses | Undergraduate/ Graduate CoursesAn area of study that delves deeper into the intersections of gender, sexuality, social justice, and race.Students
Helen Neville's Twitter Thread on Racial Trauma and Healing | Guide/ ListProvides resources to learn more about radical healing pedagogies.Faculty, Staff
IBPOC Connections: Staff and Faculty | Organization/ InitiativeAn initiative designed for and by IBPOC faculty and staff at UBC to enhance their experiences and outcomes. Faculty, Staff, Students
Ibram X. Kendi's Anti-Racist Reading List | Article38 books for those open to changing themselves, and their world.Faculty, Staff, Students
Interrogating Your Discipline, and Other Ways Into Anti-Racist Teaching | GuideResources for teachers looking to create an anti-racist pedagogy.Faculty, Staff
Jin Xun Goh's Twitter Thread on Articles on Racism | Guide/ ListProvides links to articles that can be used in class to understand racism through a social psychology lens.Faculty, Staff
Law and Society Courses | Undergraduate Courses Allows students to study law as a social phenomenon that is central to the organization of social relations and social life.Students
Pedagogical Strategies to Acknowledge and Discuss Institutional Legacies of Racism | TextbookDiscusses higher education's institutional past in powerful ways, and remind us of the importance of trauma-informed pedagogies.Faculty, Staff
Psychology of Radical Healing Syllabus by The Psychology of Radical Healing Collective | GuideA masterlist of foundational texts, emerging frameworks, etc. designed to encourage a deeper exploration of radical healing in psychology.Faculty, Staff
Racism in the Canadian University: Demanding social justice, inclusion and equality | TextbookDiscusses the ways in which the institutional culture of the academy privileges Whiteness and Anglo-Eurocentric ways of knowing. Faculty, Staff, Students
Shades of Sustainability | OrganizationA community project that unpacks what it means to engage in environmental action as BIPOC. Students
Sociology Courses | Undergraduate/ Graduate CoursesExamines processes of social and cultural life in human societies. Students
SPARK Society | OrganizationCreates networks and promotes the professional development of historically excluded scholars in Cognitive Psychology and Cognitive Science. Faculty, Staff, Students
Teaching to Transgress by bell hooks | BookAnswers important questions about racism and sexism in the classroom and how to teach students who do not want to learn.Faculty, Staff, Students
'There Is No Neutral': 'Nice White People' Can Still Be Complicit In A Racist Society | ArticleAn article that delves into how white people need to confront how they have been shaped by race.Faculty, Staff, Students
Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks | OrganizationA network of community organizations committed to promoting food security in neighbourhoods. Faculty, Staff, Students
Vanguard STEM | OrganizationAn online network of women of colour, girls of colour and non-binary people of colour thriving on the STEM frontier.Faculty, Staff, Students

What is the Land Back movement? What role do uninvited settlers and locals play in the movement to give back the stolen land to Indigenous communities? What is the history of colonialism in Canada, and how does it impact Indigenous communities in the present?

Resource NameSummaryAudience
"All the Real Indians Died Off": And 20 Other Myths About Native Americans by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Dina Gilio-Whitaker | BookTackles a wide range of myths about Native American culture and history that have misinformed generations. Faculty, Staff, Students
All My Relations | PodcastExplores relationships - to land, to cultural relatives, and to one another. Faculty, Staff, Students
As Long As Grass Grows by Dina Gilio-Whitaker | BookExplores the fraught history of treaty violations, struggles for food and water security, and protection of sacred sites.Faculty, Staff, Students
Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer | BookShows how other living beings offer us gifts and lessons, even if we've forgotten how to hear their voices. Faculty, Staff, Students
CTLT | Land Acknowledgement in Teaching and Learning
A comprehensive guide about land acknowledgement in practice.Faculty, Students
Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) | Professional Development on Indigenous Topics
Learning resources that are Indigenous-focused, self-directed professional development opportunities available at UBC Vancouver and beyond.Faculty, Staff, Students
CTLT | Time and Place at UBC: Our Histories and Relations
The goal of the “UBC Aboriginal Timeline” is to build a shared understanding of the specificities and complexity of the time and place that we share today.Faculty, Staff, Students
Evan's Drum (2021) | FilmA joyful visit to a family’s loving home, and an uplifting story of cultural pride. Faculty, Staff, Students
First Nations and Indigenous Studies | Undergraduate/ Graduate CoursesLooks at the historical, cultural, political, economic and legal issues that inform the experiences of Indigenous peoples in Canada.Students
For Angela (1993) | FilmPortrays the experiences of Rhonda Gordon and her daughter, Angela, when a simple bus ride changes their lives in an unforeseeable way.Faculty, Staff, Students
Freedom Road Series (2019) | DocumentaryA five-part documentary series that tells the inspiring story of Shoal Lake 40 Anishinaabe First Nation and their battle to build a road. Faculty, Staff, Students
Holy Angels (2017) | FilmRecaptures Canada’s colonialist history through impressionistic images and the fragmented language of a child. Faculty, Staff, Students
Jordan River Anderson, The Messenger (2019) | FilmA battle for the right of First Nations and Inuit children to receive the same standard of social, health and educational services as the rest of the Canadian population.Faculty, Staff, Students
Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance (1993) | FilmA dispute over a proposed golf course to be built on Kanien’kéhaka (Mohawk) lands in Oka, Quebec, set the stage for a historic confrontation. Faculty, Staff, Students
Mary Two-Axe Earley: I Am Indian Again (2021) | FilmShares the powerful story of Mary Two-Axe Earley, who challenges sex discrimination against First Nations women embedded in Canada’s Indian Act.Faculty, Staff, Students
My Conversations with Canadians by Lee Maracle | BookPresents a tour de force exploration into the writer’s own history and a reimagining of the future of our nation. Faculty, Staff, Students
Native American DNA by Kimberly TallBear | BookHow DNA testing is a powerful-and problematic-scientific process that is useful in determining close biological relatives. Faculty, Staff, Students
nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up (2019) | FilmFollows Colten Bushie's family after he died from a gunshot to the back of his head after entering Gerald Stanley’s rural property with his friend in their journey for justice. Faculty, Staff, Students
Red Skins, White Masks: Rejecting the Colonial Politics of Recognition by Glen Sean Coulthard | BookChallenges recognition as a method of organizing difference and identity in liberal politics.Faculty, Staff, Students
Salmon and Acorns Feed Our People by Kari Marie Norgaard | BookDraws upon insight from Karuk experiences on the Klamath River to illustrate how the ecological dynamics of settler-colonialism. Faculty, Staff, Students
San'yas Anti Racism Indigenous Cultural Safety Training Program
[Training Course]
Self-paced training & learning activities on key aspects of cultural safety and anti-Indigenous racism.Faculty, Staff, Students
Spirits of Our Whaling Ancestors by Charlotte Cote | BookOffers a valuable perspective on the issues surrounding Indigenous whaling. Faculty, Staff, Students
Stories Are in Our Bones (2019) | FilmJanine Windolph takes her young sons fishing with their kokum (grandmother), a residential school survivor who retains a deep knowledge and memory of the land.Faculty, Staff, Students
The Equity Myth by Frances Henry, Enakshi Dua, Carl E. James, Audrey Kobayashi, Peter Li, Howard Ramos, and Malinda S. Smith | BookShows how the goal of achieving equity in higher education has been consistently promised, but never realized for racialized and Indigenous faculty members.Faculty, Staff, Students
The Great Vansishing Act by Norbert S. Hill Jr. & Kathleen Ratteree | BookBrings together writers from around the world to explore the biological and cultural metaphor of blood quantum.Faculty, Staff, Students
The Lake Winnipeg Project (2021) | DocumentaryStories of ingenuity and resilience in four diverse communities surrounding Lake Winnipeg, at a time when many external forces are imposing change. Faculty, Staff, Students
UBC Arts | What I Learned in Class Today: Aboriginal Issues in the Classroom
A research project that aims to make Aboriginal issues visible, and to find ways to have more professional and productive classroom discussions.Faculty, Staff, Students
UBC Professional Development | Respect, Sincerity & Responsibility: Land Acknowledgements
[Canvas Course]
Foundational knowledge about land acknowledgement and some of the barriers many learners experience when doing land acknowledgements.Faculty, Staff
UBCx | Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education
[Online Course]
A course aimed to advance reconciliation in classrooms, organizations, and communities through the teaching and learning of Indigenous ways of knowing.Faculty, Staff, Students
University of Alberta (Faculty of Native Studies) | Indigenous Canada
[Online Course]
A 12-lesson Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that explores the different histories and contemporary perspectives of Indigenous peoples living in Canada.Faculty, Staff, Students
Unsettling Truths by Mark Charles & Soong Chan Rah | BookThe authors call our nation and churches to a truth-telling that will expose past injustices and open the door to conciliation and true community.Faculty, Staff, Students

Vancouver is the Anti-Asian hate crime capital of North America. However, did you know that Asian communities have a long lineage in Canada? What is the ‘Model Minority Myth’? How have Asian communities helped Vancouver turn into a multicultural city?

Resource NameSummaryAudience
Asian Awareness Project | OrganizationBrings awareness to the injustices Asians face while educating their audience on the culture they continue to keep alive.Faculty, Staff, Students
Asian Studies | Undergraduate/ Graduate CoursesAims to educate students about the diverse cultures, languages, and traditions across Asia.Students
How to Support the AAPI Community in a Time of Hate: A Resource List | GuideA resource list to support and aid AAPI community members, as well as point both AAPI and non-AAPI allies to places they can go to to learn more.Faculty, Staff, Students
Sleeping Tigers: The Asahi Baseball Story (2003) | FilmAfter the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, all persons of Japanese descent in Canada were sent to internment camps. The film discusses how baseball served as a way to bridge cultures, and allowed Japanese people to survive in these camps.Faculty, Staff, Students
The Color of Success by Ellen D. Wu | BookA look into the transformation of Asian-American communities from being perceived as "terror" into a model minority.Faculty, Staff, Students
The Muslim American Life by Moustafa Bayoumi | BookOffers a look at the culture of the War on Terror as experienced by Muslim Americans.Faculty, Staff, Students
Unwanted Soldiers (1994) | FilmA look into the legacy of discrimination and racism against BC's Chinese-Canadian community.Faculty, Staff, Students
Western Eyes (2000) | DocumentaryThis documentary presents two Canadian women of Asian descent who are contemplating eyelid surgery.Faculty, Staff, Students

The world remembers the role of the US in the Atlantic Slave Trade, but people tend to forget the role that Canada played in this. What were Africville and Hogan’s Alley? How does discrimination and racism learned in the past, continue to impact the lives of Black communities in the present?

Resource NameSummary Audience
Academics for Black Survival and Wellness | OrganizationA professional development initiative for Non-Black academics to honor the toll of racial trauma on Black people.Faculty, Students, Staff
Ain't I a Woman? by bell hooks | BookExamines the impact of sexism on black women during slavery, the historic devaluation of black womanhood, and black male sexism.Faculty, Students, Staff
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates | BookWritten as a letter to the author's son about the feelings, symbolism, and realities associated with being Black in the United States.Faculty, Students, Staff
Black Lives Matter Vancouver | OrganizationAn online forum intended to build connections between Black people and their allies to fight anti-Black racism in "Vancouver".Faculty, Students, Staff
Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper | BookDiscusses rage as a source of power that grants black women the strength to not only survive but thrive in America.Faculty, Students, Staff
Fatal Invention by Dororthy Roberts | BookThis work shows that all people are indeed created equal, despite political and economic interests that keep trying to persuade us otherwise. Faculty, Students, Staff
Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Davis | BookReflects on the importance of black feminism, intersectionality, and prison abolitionism for today's struggles.Faculty, Students, Staff
Frying Plantain by Zalika Reid-Benta | BookFollows Kara Davis through elementary school to her high school graduation, as she comes of age while being caught between her Canadian nationality and Jamaican heritage. Faculty, Students, Staff
How She Read by Chantal Gibson | BookA holistic, decolonized approach to challenging imperialist ideas by way of a close look at Canadian literature et. alFaculty, Students, Staff
Ice Breakers (2019) | FilmJosh Crooks is a promising teen hockey star in a sport where Black players like him are chronically underrepresented.Faculty, Students, Staff
Invisible City (2009) | FilmA moving story of two boys from Regent Park crossing into adulthood.Faculty, Students, Staff
James Baldwin's Collected Essays and Works | BookPresents the pain and struggle of Black Americans.Faculty, Students, Staff
Journal of Black Psychology | JournalPresents research on the behavior and experiences of Black and other populations from Black or Afrocentric perspectives. Faculty, Students, Staff
Journey to Justice (2000) | FilmPays tribute to a group of Canadians who took racism to court. Faculty, Students, Staff
Land to Light On by Dionne Brand | BookThis work looks at the experience of being an outsider to a new land — and the complicated feeling of being uncomfortable in this climate. Faculty, Students, Staff
North of the Color Line by Sarah-Jane Mathieu | BookExamines factors such as social, political, labour and immigration through the lens of the experiences of black railway workers.Faculty, Students, Staff
Policing Black Lives by Robyn Maynard | BookThis work traces the underreported modern and historical realities of anti-Blackness within a Canadian context.Faculty, Students, Staff
Rachel Cargle's course on 'The Great Unlearn' | Online CourseMonthly self paced, self priced learning collective, committed to highlighting the genius of academics of colour.Faculty, Students, Staff
Remember Africville (1991) | FilmDepicts a small black settlement that lay within the city limits of Halifax, Nova Scotia and how in the '60s the families were uprooted.Faculty, Students, Staff
Shame on Me by Tessa McWatt | BookA memoir about identity, race and belonging.Faculty, Students, Staff
Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde | BookTakes on sexism, racism, ageism, homophobia, and class, and propounds social difference as a vehicle for action and change.Faculty, Students, Staff
Sonnet's Shakespeare by Sonnet L'Abbe | BookTakes the work of William Shakespeare and inserts herself ⁠— a mixed race South Asian and Black Canadian poet.Faculty, Students, Staff
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison | BookStory of an eleven-year-old, black girl in an America who prays for her eyes to turn blue: so that she will be beautiful. Faculty, Students, Staff
The Color of Beauty (2010) | FilmRenee Thompson is trying to make it as a top fashion model in New York. But she’s a Black model in a world where white women represent the standard of beauty.Faculty, Students, Staff
The Hanging of Angelique by Afua Cooper | BookTells the story of Marie-Joseph Angélique, a slave woman convicted of starting a fire that destroyed a large part of Montréal in the 1700s.Faculty, Students, Staff
The Hidden Rules of Race by Andrea Flynn, Susuan R. Holmber, Dorian T. Warren, and Felicia J. Wong | BookOffers examples of the many ways in which unspoken rules of race and economics perpetuate inequality. Faculty, Students, Staff
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander | BookChallenges all of us to place mass incarceration at the forefront of a new movement for racial justice in America.Faculty, Students, Staff
The Skin We're In by Desmond Cole | BookThis book chronicles Coles's personal journalism, activism and experiences alongside stories that made the headlines across the country in 2017.Faculty, Students, Staff
They Call be George by Cecil Foster | BookBeing a train porter in Canada was a job reserved for Black men only and forced these men to be separated from their families as they travelled the country. Faculty, Students, Staff
They Said This Would be Fun by Eternity Martis | BookA memoir about the difficulty of navigating through white spaces as a student of colour.Faculty, Students, Staff
Until We Are Free, edited by Rodney Diverlus, Sandy Hudson and Syrus Marcus Ware | BookAddresses how developments in Canadian Black activism, and alliances with Indigenous groups have served to challenge systemic racism. Faculty, Students, Staff
When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele | BookThis memoir reveals what it is like to be Black in today's violently racially charged America.Faculty, Students, Staff
White Accomplices | WebsiteA website developed to support white people to act for racial justice.Faculty, Students, Staff
Why are all the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? by Dr. Beverly Tatum | BookA look into the psychology of racism to enhance communication across racial and ethnic divides.Faculty, Students, Staff
Zero Toelarance (2004) | FilmReveals how deep seated prejudice can be.Faculty, Students, Staff

Antisemitic incidents have increased both online and in-person since 2020. How have Jewish communities demonstrated resilience in the face of the Holocaust? What are their traditions and culture like?

Resource NameSummaryAudience
Canadian Institute for the Study of Antisemitism | Organization/ WorkshopProvides Canadian teachers and students across the country with two award-winning human rights programs that include sections on the Holocaust ​and antisemitismFaculty, Students
Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre - Antisemitism Workshop | Organization/ WorkshopProvides practical step-by-step guidelines and empowers students and the general public to become upstanders against antisemitism and other forms of racism.Faculty, Students, Staff
Key Concepts in the Study of Antisemitism | BookAssists university faculty and students studying and teaching about antisemitism, racism and other forms of prejudice. Faculty, Students, Staff
Resources and Tools for Addressing Antisemitism, Intolerance and Bias by the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington | GuideAssists university faculty and students studying and teaching about antisemitism, racism and other forms of prejudice. Faculty, Students, Staff
Resources to Address and Challenge Antisemitism by the Anti-Defamation League | GuideAssists teachers who are looking to help students understand and challenge antisemitism. Faculty, Staff
Antisemitism: You can make a difference today | Online courseTeaches about antisemitism, the Holocaust, and the ongoing discrimination against Jewish people.Faculty, Staff, Students
Canadian Taskforce to Combat Antisemitism | ProjectLooks at antisemitism online and what can be done to confront it through three virtual roundtables. Faculty, Students, Staff
Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre | OrganizationTeaches about Holocaust-based anti-racism education. Faculty, Students, Staff
Antisemitism resources by the Jewish Federation of Ottawa | GuideCompiles a list of books, online reports, and scholarly thought on antisemitism. Faculty, Students, Staff
Social Media Antisemitism in the 21st CenturyExplores the different ways in which antisemitism proliferates on online platforms and provides resources to combat it. Faculty, Students, Staff
The stain of antisemitism in CanadaDiscusses the history of antisemitism in Canada and it's effects on the lives of Jewish communities across the country.Faculty, Students, Staff
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