As a class project, members of the Environmental Studies masters program class in “Diversity, Justice, and Inclusion” recently led a public workshop entitled “From Me To We: Becoming Allies and Building Bridges Across Social Differences.” The class wants to share the following resources for further study and reflection on these issues.
Here, you can download the Diversity, Justice, and Inclusion Course Syllabus. Below, you can see our required texts, access our required online readings, and download some additional pieces that our students found particularly useful in their own research. Below that are some videos that the class also found useful as food for reflection and discussion.
I. Required Course Texts
Paul Kivel. You Call This A Democracy? Who Benefits, Who Pays, and Who Really Decides. Apex Press, 2004. This book offers detailed examination of the US class system, its history, and how it interacts with both racism and sexism.
Fred Rose. Coalitions Across the Class Divide: Lessons from the Labor, Peace, and Environmental Movements. Cornell University Press, 2000. This book looks at the potential of building cross-class alliances to work creatively for the common good. Also, offers a set of great case histories to illustrate its points.
Midwest Academy. Organizing for Social Change. Fourth Edition, Chapters 9, 20, 21, and 22. Forum Press, 2010. A great nuts and bolts citizen action guide with several good chapters on building coalitions and working cooperatively with different constituencies and communities.
Patricia St. Onge. Embracing Cultural Competency: A Roadmap for Nonprofit Capacity Builders. (Fieldstone Alliance, 2009). Takes a particularly close look at becoming culturally-competent as a nonprofit organization staffer and offers the perspectives of five authors from different racial/ethnic groups. Great resource section.
Fredrick Miller and Judith Katz. The Inclusion Breakthrough: Unleashing The Real Power of Diversity. (Berret-Koehler Publishers, 2002). Makes the business case for diversity and inclusion efforts within for-profit organizations and then lays out a well-thought out framework for organizational change along these lines that can be easily adapted to an even wider range of groups–like say a nonprofit, mission-driven, university.
II. Some Online Class Readings on Diversity in the Environmental Movement
1) Angela Park. Everybody’s Movement: Environmental Justice and Climate Change. (Environmental Support Center, December 2009). Available at everybodysmovement_AngelaPark
2 From Emily Enderle, (ed). Diversity and the Future of the U.S Environmental Movement. (Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies Publication Series, 2007). We especially recommend the following five essays from the book, which are available online at http://environment.research.yale.edu/publication-series/5175.
Marcelo Bonta and Charles Jordan. “Diversifying the American Environmental Movement.”
Chip Giller. “Generating Change: Why Reaching a Diverse Environmental Citizenry is Important for the Future of the Environmental Movement.”
Angela Park. “Mission Critical: A New Frame For Diversity and Environmental Progress.”
Felecia Marcus. “A Personal View of the Importance and Imperative of Diversity Work.”
Jerome Ringo. “Combatting Climate Change: Why All Should Be Involved.”
3) Hilary Moore and Joshua Kahn Russell. Organizing Cools The Planet: Tools and Reflections To Navigate The Climate Crisis. PM Press Pamphlet Series, No. 11, available for download at http://organizingcoolstheplanet.wordpress.com/get-copies-of-ocp/.
III. Additional Material That Class Members Have Found Helpful
Growing As An Allie by Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee
I CAN FIX IT_racism
White privilege Unpacking the invisible backpack by Peggy MacIntosh
IV. Some Videos We’ve Valued
1) Panel Discussion on Race and Racism In America
2) Linda Stout on Bridging the Class Divide
3) A Class Divided: A Classic PBS Documentary on Prejudice, Privilege, and Oppression
4) Salt of the Earth: A Classic Underground Film on Becoming Allies Across Social Differences