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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Suggestions for research and links to resources on campus related to diversity and anti-racism


This page serves as an introduction to studies and topics on Race, Culture, and Ethnicity. To find more information and research tips explore these guides: 

Definitions provide by the Racial Equity Resource Guide Glossary

:  A social construct that artificially divides people into distinct groups based on characteristics such as physical appearance (particularly color), ancestral heritage, cultural affiliation, cultural history, ethnic classification, and the social, economic and political needs of a society at a given period of time. Racial categories subsume ethnic groups.

Source: Maurianne Adams, Lee Anne Bell and Pat Griffin, editors. Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice: A Sourcebook. New York: Routledge.

Ethnicity: A social construct that divides people into smaller social groups based on characteristics such as shared sense of group membership, values, behavioral patterns, language, political and economic interests, history and ancestral geographical base.

Examples of different ethnic groups are: Cape Verdean, Haitian, African American (black); Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese (Asian); Cherokee, Mohawk, Navaho (Native American); Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican (Latino); Polish, Irish, and Swedish (white).

Source: Maurianne Adams, Lee Anne Bell and Pat Griffin, editors. Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice: A Sourcebook. New York: Routledge.

Culture: A social system of meaning and custom that is developed by a group of people to assure its adaptation and survival. These groups are distinguished by a set of unspoken rules that shape values, beliefs, habits, patterns of thinking, behaviors and styles of communication.

Source: Institute for Democratic Renewal and Project Change Anti-Racism Initiative. A Community Builder's Tool Kit.


These tabs offer a small selection of resources on race, culture, and ethnicity. To view more recommendations click here or explore the Snell Library website

Explore these databases to find articles and other resources: 

Selected journals:

About RACE:


 A person having origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America (including Central America) and who maintains tribal affiliation or community attachment.

  • Alaska Native Heritage Center - site for cultural center located in Anchorage, Alaska that promotes active observance of Alaska Native culture and traditions. Cultural Knowledge videos including History and Heritage, Storytelling, and Native Language.
  • Living Nations, Living Words - Library of Congress project created to introduce people to Native American poets. Features a sampling of work by 47 Native Nations poets through an interactive ArcGIS Story Map and a newly developed audio collection.
  • Native Hope - organization working to address injustice done to Native Americans by sharing Native stories, providing educational resources, and assisting Native communities. Site includes the Native Story (past, present and future) and Native voices including a blog and podcast.

ASIAN AMERICANS -- earlier designation as Asian American and Pacific Islander; some resoures may still use this older category
 A person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent including, for example, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam.

A person having origins in any of the Black racial groups of Africa.

  •  I Am Not Your Negro - Using James Baldwin's unfinished final manuscript, Remember This House, this documentary follows the lives and successive assassinations of three of the author's friends, Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr., delving into the legacy of these iconic figures and narrating historic events using Baldwin's original words and a flood of rich archival material.
  • Code Switch - Podcast series of conversations about race and its impact on all aspects of society, hosted by journalists of color.
  • Showing Up for Racial Justice - SURJ is a national network of groups and individuals working to undermine white supremacy and to work for racial justice. Through community organizing, mobilizing, and education, SURJ moves white people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice with passion and accountability. With chapters all over the United States they provide ways to be engaged locally and nationally.

A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands.

  • - community-based website "designed to help grow an understanding of Hawai`i that can help set the stage for an active and informed dialogue about designing a sustainable future."
  • Mokuola Honua - mission is "to reestablish the prominence of indigenous perspectives in modern contexts, in our homelands and globally, from a strong foundation of fluency in our mother tongues."
  • Off Shore: Far From Home - special project from Honolulu Civil Beat that explores the Native Hawaiian diaspora and painful questions about identity, family and culture. The Civil Beat website includes a wide variety of local journalism about current issues impacting native Hawaiian people and culture.

A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa.


.U.S. federal government agencies must adhere to standards issued by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), which specify that race and Hispanic origin (also known as ethnicity) are two separate and distinct concepts.


  • Boston's Latino Community History - The documents, images, and posters in this digital archive document public policy formation, community relations, affordable housing, urban planning and housing rehabilitation, cultural and educational programming, violence prevention, and minority rights in Boston during the last decades of the 20th century.
  • The Latinos Americans Collection - Latino Americans is the first major documentary series for television to chronicle the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos, who have for the past 500-plus years helped shape what is today the United States.
  • Pew Research Center: Hispanic Trends Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping the world.
  • When Labels Don't Fit: Hispanics and Their Views of Identity - This report from Pew Research Center explores Latinos’ attitudes about their identity; their language usage patterns; their core values; and their views about the U.S. and their families’ country of origin. 

Looking for a topic? 

Consider one of these:

  • cultural appropriation
  • caste
  • discrimination or bias
  • biracial or multiracial identity
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