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Toolkit - Articles/Resources
One of the best ways to create an inclusive community is to make sure students, faculty and staff have the information they need to be successful in a diverse community. If you have something you think should be added to this page, please contact the committee co-chair.
Race, Nationality, and Ethnicity
There are differences between race, nationality and ethnicity. Knowing the difference can help our community understand each other better. The way we define these terms has also changed over time. To ensure the best information we’ve included links below from the field of sociology as well as government definitions for your reference.
- Experts discuss the differences between race and nationality-PBS
- Sociology textbook chapter-Boise State
- Sociology textbook chapter-University of Minnesota
- Race on Campus-Chronicle of Higher Education-Accessible on campus or with Chronicle Subscription
- Advancing Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education-US Department of Higher Education
- Perceptions of Faculty by Students of Color-University of Michigan
- TED talks on Race
Sexuality and Gender
Issues surrounding sex, gender, and sexual orientation are in the forefront of the news cycle. From the #MeToo movement to the increased visibility of trans people, the terms surrounding sexuality and gender can be confusing, but by understanding some key definitions, you can be better able to engage in conversation, and create a more welcoming environment on campus.
Our Title IX offices have extensive links on their pages, and are great starting places for students with issues regarding sexuality and gender issues:
- Vikings Care (r u ok?)
- Title IX
- American Psychological Association Definitions
- Ask Me-What LGBTQ Students Want Their Professors to Know
- TED Talks on Gender
According to the Pew Research Center more than 80% of Americans define themselves as religious and nearly 70% of those are Christian. Religious belief is diverse and very personal, and sometimes these deeply held religious convictions can cause intercultural conflict. Understanding religion and religious differences, can be helpful in allowing us to create vibrant inclusive spaces in our classrooms.
- Pew Forum Religious Landscape
- Helping Students Navigate Religious Differences
- Oxford Encyclopedia Religion and Education- While this link deals mostly with just public schools (elementary and secondary) there is a good discussion of religion, education, and the law which is interesting.
- Association of American Colleges and University- Religious Diversity: Challenges and Opportunities in the College Classroom
- In Promoting Diversity, Don’t Dismiss Religion
- TED Talks on Religion
Disability and Mental Health
Serving students with disabilities is something that our Disability Support Services does every day. Additionally, our RU Okay committee works to provide support for students to support their physical and mental health. Their pages have excellent resources for students and faculty alike:
- Disability Support Services
- Vikings Care (r u ok?)
- Creating Accessible Learning Environments- Vanderbilt University
- University of Texas- Faculty Steps for Creating Inclusive Classrooms
- Americans With Disabilities Act-Frequently Asked Questions
- National Alliance for People with Mental Illness
- Active Minds
- TED Talks on Disability