“The university is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion, and we need to have a variety of resources to educate ourselves as we do this work,” Vargas said. “This guide is one tiny part of our commitment to EDI. It does not solve our problems, but it does give each of us a place to start.
“It is our responsibility to teach ourselves the truth of the world so we can do better. And once we learn the truth, decide what we are going to do to help dismantle the systems of oppression our country has built,” she said.
Guide topics range from microaggressions to systemic racism and injustice, the origins of race, intersectionality, examining slavery, the case for reparations, white privilege, allyship and more.
The guide includes nonfiction and fiction books, including print, ebooks and audio books. Titles and authors may also be found in Search@UW. A starting list of fictional authors includes Sandra Cisneros, Louise Erdrich, Zora Neale Hurston and Toni Morrison.
Included are dozens of documentaries, movies and TV series, such as “LA 92,” “Selma” and “Dear White People”; and YouTube videos, TED talks and podcasts, including “What Kind of Asian are You?,” Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche’s “The Danger of a Single Story” and NPR’s “Code Switch,” discussing race and social change.
Further materials include resources to talk to children about race and racism and how to begin to build a more equitable world. The library's Educational Materials Center has a growing collection of children's books and bilingual storybooks. The EMC is located on the library's second floor.
Campus departments that contributed suggestions and helped with the review were Multicultural Student Services, Student Support Services, McNair Scholars, Disability Services, the Qube and the Involvement Center.
Library staff Kate Kramschuster, Corey Mitchell, Dawn Pamperin and Ann Vogl were also integral in making the guide happen, Vargas said.
“The library provides access to so many of these resources, and as they get added to the collection we can continue to add to the guide. And we are always looking for groups to collaborate with so that the collection is useful and vibrant,” said Vogl, systems librarian.
UW-Stout plans to develop two more EDI guides this year focusing on LGBTQIA+ history and present; and disability and ableism.
UW-Stout Diversity Week starts Monday, Feb. 22, and continues through Friday, Feb. 26. It is sponsored by Stout Student Association’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Council.