Black lives matter. The lives of Indigenous and People of Color and other marginalized groups matter.
As an institution devoted to the pursuit of knowledge and intellectual development at a Catholic institute of higher education, the University libraries are committed to the continual work towards justice and equity. It is not enough for us to not simply state this, we must continually work and learn to be anti-racist and to put our learning into action. That work requires listening, reflection, learning, questioning, and acting to bring justice.
This guide has links to books, articles, and other readings primarily aimed at students, faculty, and staff who are white. On this first tab there are links to sites that guide you through readings and reflections. Other tabs have resources broken out by type.
The work of becoming anti-racist is ongoing for all of us who were raised in a society built upon racism. This image, from Andrew M. Ibrahim MD, MSc is one way to visualize the phases of becoming anti-racist. The image was inspired by the work of Dr. Kendi and used with permission. A text version of the zones in the image is below:
The resources listed on this guide have been compiled and recommended by many people who have put a lot of thought and energy into the work of anti-racism. We want to gratefully acknowledge and thank the people and groups for that work. We have included credits for every link when possible.
This guide is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. It is not necessary to attribute work the the St. Thomas Libraries, but please retain credit to others that are listed.
This work can be overwhelming and hard to know how to start and move forward. Luckily, there are some great programs that walk you through readings, reflection prompts, and other activities to build your knowledge. Below are links to classes, online challenges, curricula, and other sites that offer readings, videos, and more in a scaffolded way to help people educate themselves at their own pace. These are great places to get started.