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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Resource Guide

Resources for the classroom

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Toolbox, UofSC Center for Teaching Excellence

This toolbox contains four different sections that contain instructional tools and resources that university instructors can implement within their respective courses. The purpose of the Toolbox is twofold:

  • Provide concrete strategies and resources for faculty to include and/or address issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in their teaching practices at UofSC.

Support faculty’s ability to identify and/or implement internal and external resources for training best practices.


DEI Clearinghouse: A First-Of-Its-Kind Resource

By Suzi Morales. Standford Lawyer.  January 5, 2023, Fall 2022 – Issue 107, In Focus

All across the country universities and their professional schools have been grappling with the proper design of initiatives to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion. One thing that has been missing, noticed Norm Spaulding, JD ’97, Nelson Bowman Sweitzer and Marie B. Sweitzer Professor of Law, is a centralized set of resources grounded in research on what works. “Lots of people have been proposing ideas and pursuing reforms. But I couldn’t find a broad, research-based platform on DEI topics and best practices,” he says.

Clearinghouse on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Research

This site, a project of Stanford Law School and SLS’s Robert Crown Law Library, collects and indexes research related to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), with the goal of providing a single site for any university, faculty, instructor, staff, and student interested in learning about this topic.


Difficult Dialogues National Resource Center

This project offers resources to promote effective teaching, learning, and dialogue about racism, racial violence, and racial justice in colleges, universities, and communities across the United States.

Resources include two handbooks to help faculty and university leaders effectively engage in conversations about important issues.

‘Race & the Foundations of American Law’ Course

Roger Williams University School of Law

RWU Law made national headlines in 2021 when it became one of just a handful of law schools nationwide to introduce a new required course on race and the law to its core legal curriculum. It was also one of the first to pilot its course as a spring elective.

After three years of strategic planning and a year of national reckoning, RWU Law designed the course to improve critical thinking about the law by offering important and often overlooked perspectives on race, and to prepare students for the fast-evolving legal landscape in which they will soon be practicing.
There is also a link to the Syllabus on the webpage.


Racial Justice Resource Guide, Georgia State University.

For faculty wanting to include racial justice topics in their curriculum.

“Law faculty are often race-avoidant in teaching would-be lawyers, despite the role race has played in the construction and maintenance of the legal system in the United States. When race is absent from class discussions, that silence sends the message that the law is neutral and operates equally for all, when that is plainly not the lived experience for so many in this country. When we fail to incorporate issues of race and racism as a through line in core law school courses, we impede the professional development of future lawyers, who graduate without grappling with difficult but essential questions of how the law can operate to subordinate on the basis of race (and gender, class, age, sexual orientation, gender identification, religion, and ability). Our silence about how race informs law and its application does real damage to students and can be particularly alienating for students of color.” ~ Gerard Fowke, Librarian – Georgia State University College of Law Library.


Teaching Tools for Law School Faculty

University of Minnesota Law School and Law Library

This guide provides selected resources to assist those teaching law school courses.The information is general and applicable to most law school courses. 

Of particular interest might be the section on Incorporating Race and Social Justice issues

United States Feminist Judgments Project: Rewriting law from a feminist perspective

The United States Feminist Judgments Project is part of a global collaboration of hundreds of feminist law professors who re-imagine and rewrite key judicial decisions from a feminist perspective. The touchstone of the project is that the rewritten opinions must use the facts and precedent of the original opinion, but bring to the process of judging a feminist perspective that takes into account race, class, gender, disability and other status groups historically marginalized by the law. In this way, the Project seeks to show that United States jurisprudence is not objective or neutral, but rather deeply influenced by the perspectives of those who are appointed to interpret it. As a consequence, the Project also shows that previously accepted judicial outcomes were neither necessary nor inevitable, and that feminist judges could have changed the course of American jurisprudence.

The project started with the publication of the first set of US Supreme Court decisions rewritten from the feminist perspective in 2016.  Since then 11 more volumes have been created covering property, tort, employment discrimination, trusts and estates, family law, reproductive justice, and tax law. Three new volumes are coming out this fall covering health law, criminal, and corporate law.

Check the USC Library catalog for available volumes.

Speaking Up without Tearing Down

Resource Guides

  • Law Deans Antiracist Clearing House By creating a space for our collective voices as leaders of law schools to engage our institutions in the fight for justice and equality, we strive to focus our teaching, scholarship, service, activism, programming, and initiatives on strategies to eradicate racism.
  • Chronicle of Higher Education Micro-site on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Compiles news articles and other resources that detail the latest trends and insights pertaining to diversity in higher education. Contains blogs, downloads, and exclusive content from The Chronicle of Higher Education that are responsive to a range of perspectives that shape campus life, including race and ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, and sexual orientation.

University Guides

Other Resources

Meltzer Center for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging at NYU

The Center aims to foster institutions and societies where people of all backgrounds have a sense of belonging. The center creates a hub for faculty and students who wish to pursue research on issues of diversity, inclusion, and belonging. While open to any scholar working in the field, broadly defined, the center has focused its initial research on two principal concepts — authenticity and allyship — both aimed at fostering inclusive organizations.

Podcasts

Law360 Explores: The Law School Promise

Podcast Hosted by Steven Trader and Amber McKinney.  Produced by Steven Trader and Kelley Marcano

Law school promises a great many things to future lawyers. An exceptional score on the LSAT exam has the potential to open doors at the nation’s most prestigious universities. Once in the classroom, a century-old curriculum promises to shape the minds of tomorrow’s leaders, equipping them with the tools they need to make their mark on the law.

Does law school actually deliver on those promises though? Does the admissions process result in a diverse and qualified class of students, or have schools come to rely too heavily on standardized test scores? Within the classroom, professors count on the Socratic method to teach students how to think like a lawyer, but at what cost to their mental health?

These are the questions we aim to answer in our two-part podcast series Law360 Explores: The Law School Promise. We’ll take a deep look at whether the structures of legal education are working to the benefit of students and the legal profession as a whole, and we’ll explore some of the ways that law school could do better.

These podcasts are also available via other podcast streaming services, including iHeart Radio, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and Apple Podcasts.


The Office of Graduate Diversity, Equity & Inclusion is excited to share with you the launch of a new partnership between The Graduate School and the Center for Innovation and Inclusion (located in the College of Education).  “The Grad Cohort” is a new podcast series that leverages the dynamic learning taking place in graduate courses at UofSC. In this podcast series, graduate students engage in critical conversations about issues of justice, equity and inclusion. Each semester, a graduate level course takes on the podcast series as an academic project and the students in the course develop, facilitate/host, and record episodes based on the course topic. The content is for graduate students, by graduate students. Series 1 is now available for Fall 2021 and can be accessed by visiting this link https://www.usccihe.org/gradcohort.  A new series and new course/topic will be recorded each semester, so look for Series 2 in Spring 2022!

 

Books - Suggested Reading

Books not in the USC collection

 

The Wakeup: Closing the Gap Between Good Intentions and Real Change.  Michelle MiJung Kim

https://www.michellemijungkim.com/wakeup  Available in both print and audio, and at independent bookstores as well as Amazon.

In The Wake Up, Michelle MiJung Kim shares foundational principles often missing in today’s mainstream conversations around “diversity and inclusion” and urges readers to go beyond performative allyship to enacting real transformation within ourselves and in the world. The Wake Up invites readers to deep dive into the challenging and nuanced work of pursuing equity and justice, while exploring various complexities, contradictions, and conflicts inherent in our imperfect world.

Better Allies. Karen Catlin

https://betterallies.com/

In this book, you’ll learn to spot situations where you can create a more inclusive culture, along with straightforward steps to take. Karen Catlin will walk you through how to be a better ally,

Reading Lists

Authors to read

  • James Baldwin
  • Ibram X Kendi
  • Toni Morrison
  • bell hooks
  • Cornel West
  • Elijah Anderson
  • Maya Angelou