​Understanding and Combating Systemic​ Racism
We are providing this curated, dynamic list of books, articles, podcasts, websites and other media to help understand systemic racism in the US and what we can do about it.​ This page is a work in progress. We welcome feedback and suggestions for additional resources to include. Please contact us at [email protected] with your suggestions a​​nd input.​​

​​Updated June 21, 2023

Understanding Systemic Racism​
A racist society is detrimental to your health (article) Posted 6/21/23
Meika Ejiasi | Vox (2023)

The Bias of ‘Professionalism’ Standards (peer-reviewed scientific article)​| Posted 5/23/22
Aysa Gray | Stanford Social Innovation Review​ (2019)

Shaun R. Harper, Lori D. Patton and Ontario S. Wooden| Journal of Higher Education (2009)

The Psychology of American Racism ​(peer-reviewed scientific article) | Posted 4/14/21
Steven O. Roberts and Michael T. Rizzo| American Psychologist (2020)

Racial Microaggressions in Everyday Life (peer-reviewed scientific article) Posted 7/23​/20
Derald Wing Sue, Christina M. Capodilupo, Gina C. Torino, Jennifer M. Bucceri, Aisha M. B. Holder, Kevin L. Nadal, and Marta Esquilin​| American Psychologist (2007)​​

So You Want to Talk About Race (non-fiction) Posted 7/23/20
Ijeoma Oluo | Seal Press (2018)​​

Ibram X. Kendi​ | Nation Books (2016)​

Between the World and Me (non-fiction) Posted 6/18/20
Ta-Nehisi Coates | Spiegel and Grau (2015)

Seeing White (podcast series) Posted 6/18/20
John Biewen and Chenjerai Kumanyika | Scene on Radio (2017)

Ta-Nehisi Coates | The Atlantic (2015)

The Case for Reparations (article) Posted 6/18/20
Ta-Nehisi Coates | The Atlantic (2014)

Michelle Alexander | The New Press (2010)​

Benefits of Diversity
Science Benefits from Diversity​ (article) | Posted 10/19/21
Editorial | Nature (2018)

Delivering Growth Through Diversity​ (peer-reviewed scientific article) | Posted 10/19/21
Vivian Hunt, Lareina Yee, Sara Prince, Sundiatu Dixon-Fyle​ | McKinsey (2018)

These Labs are Remarkable Diverse — Here's Why They're Winning at Science​ (article) | Posted 10/19/21
Kendall Powell | Nature (2018)

Collaboration: Strength in diversity​ (peer-reviewed scientific article) | Posted 9/15/21
Richard B. Freeman and Wei Huang | Nature (2014)

Collaborating with People Like Me: Ethnic Coauthorship within the United States (peer-reviewed scientific article) | Posted 9/15/21
Richard B. Freeman and Wei Huang ​| Journal of Labor Economics (2015)

Kenneth Gibbs, Jr. ​| Scientific American (2014)

David Rock, Heidi Grant, and Jacqui Grey ​| Harvard Business Review (2016)
Lu Hong and Scott E. Page | Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (2004)

Opinion: Gender diversity leads to better science (opinion article)​​ | Posted 3/30/21
Mathias Wullum Nielsen, Sharla Alegria, Love Börjeson, Henry Etzkowitz, Holly J. Falk-Krzesinski, Aparna Joshi, Erin Leahey, Laurel Smith-Doerr, Anita Williams Woolley, and Londa Schiebinger | Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (2017)

The preeminence of ethnic diversity in scientific collaboration (peer-reviewed scientific article)​​ | Posted 3/30/21
Bedoor AlShebli, Talal Rahwan and Wei Lee Woon | Nature Communications (2018)

Barriers in STEM, Geosciences and Ocean Sciences​

Christine Yifeng Chen, Sara S Kahanamoku, Aradhna Tripati, Rosanna A Alegado, Vernon R Morris, Karen Andrade, Justin Hosbey | eLife (202​2)​​​

Erika Marin-Spiotta, Emily J. Diaz-Vallejo, Rebecca T. Barnes, Allison Mattheis, Blair Schneider, Asmeret Asefaw Berhe, Meredith G. Hastings, Billy M. Williams, and Vicki Magley | Earth's Future (202​2)​​​

Virginia Gewin | Nature (202​2)​​

Christine Y. Chen, Sara S. Kahanamoku, Aradhna Tripati, Rosanna A. Alegado, Vernon R. Morris, Karen Andrade, Justin Hosbey

Race, Ethnicity, and NIH Research Awards (peer-reviewed scientific article)|​ Posted 8/23/22
Donna K. Ginther, Walter T. Schaffer, Joshua Schnell, Beth Masimore, Faye Liu, Laurel L. Haak, and Raynard Kington | Science (2011)​

Code-Switching and Assimilation in STEM Culture​​ (comment) |​ Posted 5/23/22
A. Morales, C. L. Walker, D. L. Carroll-Smith and Melissa A. Burt | Eos (2021)

Asmeret Asefaw Berhe, Rebecca T. Barnes, Meredith G. Hastings, Allison Mattheis, Blair Schneider,
Billy M. Williams and Erika Marín-Spiotta (2021)

STEM faculty who believe ability is fixed have larger racial achievement gaps and inspire less student motivation in their classes (peer-reviewed scientific article)|​ Posted 4/14/21
Elizabeth A. Canning, Katherine Muenks, Dorainne J. Green and Mary C. Murphy| Science Advances (2019)

Laurie T. O’Brien, Henry L. Bart and Donna M. Garcia ​ | Social Psychology of Education (2020)​

Sam Giles, Chris Jackson and Natasha Stephen | Nature Reviews Earth & Environment (2020)​

No progress on diversity in 40 years (comment) Posted 6/18/20
Rachel E. Bernard and Emily H. G. Cooperdock | Nature Geoscience (2018)

Without inclusion, diversity initiatives may not be enough (peer-reviewed scientific article)​ Posted 6/18/20
Chandler Puritty, Lynette R. Strickland, Eanas Alia, Benjamin Blonder, Emily Klein, Michel T. Kohl, Earyn McGee, Maclovia Quintana, Robyn E. Ridley, Beth Tellman, and Leah R. Gerber | Science (2017)

What Can We Do? ​​


Blonder, Benjamin; Bowles, Timothy; De Master, Kathryn; Fanshel, Rosalie Zdzienicka; Girotto, Manuela; Kahn, Alexandra; Keenan, Trevor; Mascarenhas, Michael; Mgbara, Whitney; Pickett, Sarah; Potts, Matthew; Rodriguez, Marisella | Zenodo (2022)

Alex J Jensen, Sara P Bombaci, Laura C Gigliotti, Stephen N Harris, Courtney J Marneweck, Mike S Muthersbaugh, Blaise A Newman, Shari L Rodriguez, Elizabeth A Saldo, Kyle E Shute, Keifer L Titus, Amanda L Williams, Sze Wing Yu, David S Jachowski | BioScience (2021)

Alex Madva| Cal Poly Pomona (June 16, 2020)​ | For CSU personnel ​only

​​How to Respond to Racial Microaggressions When They Occur​​ (article) Posted 7/23/20
J. Luke Wood & Frank Harris III| Diverse Education (2020)​​​​​

Implicit Association Test (online test) Posted 7/23/20
Project Implicit | Harvard University​ (2011)

How To Be An Antiracist​​ (non-fiction) Posted 3/3/23
​Ibram X. Kendi​ | Random House (2019)​​

Long-term reduction in implicit race bias: A prejudice habit-breaking intervention (peer-reviewed scientific article)​ Posted 6/18/20
Patricia G. Devine, Patrick S. Forscher, Anthony J. Austin and William T. L. Cox | Journal of Experimental Social Psychology (2012)

Claude M. Steele | W. W. Norton & Company (2010)

Higher Education and STEM

Jonathan C. Lewis, Aixa Alemán-Díaz, Mona Behl, Sarah Kolesar, Lisa White, Brandon Jones, Corey Garza, Sharon Cooper​ | AGU Advances (2022)

Nir Aish, Philip Asare, Elif Eda Miskioglu| Bucknell University (2018)​

Be a Gate Opener, Not a Gatekeep​er​ (opinion article) | Posted 3/10/23
Michael A. Hunt| Inside Higher Ed (2022)​

Robert S. Markle, Tyrslai M. Williams, Kristen S. Williams, Karin H. deGravelles, Diola Bagayoko and Isiah M. Warner | Frontiers in Education (2022)

Undergraduate Research Experiences Broaden Diversity in the Scientific Workforce (peer-reviewed scientific article) | Posted 1/8/23
Paul R Hernandez, Anna Woodcock, Mica Estrada, P Wesley Schultz | BioScience (2018)

Alexandra Race, Roxanne S Beltran, Erika S Zavaleta | Integrative and Comparative Biology (2021)

Language Matters: Considering Microaggressions in Science (peer-reviewed scientific article) | Posted 9/27/22
Colin Harrison and Kimberly D. Tanner | Life Sciences Education (2018)

Kuheli Dutt | Scientific American (2018)

Who are we? Highlightnuances in Asian American experiences in ecology and evolutionary biology​​ (peer-reviewed scientific article)Posted 11/16/21
K. H. Nguyen, A. K. Akiona, C. C. Chang, V. B. Chaudhary, S. J. Cheng, S. M. Johnson, S. S. Kahanamoku, A. Lee, E. E. de Leon Sanchez, L. M. Segui, R. L. Tanner | Ecological Society of America (2021)​

The Equity Ethic: Black and Latinx College Students Reengineering Their STEM Careers toward Justice​ (peer-reviewed scientific article)Posted 10/19​/21
Ebony Mcgee and Lydia Bentley | American ​Journal of Education (2017)​

Making Physics More Inclusive​ (article)Posted 10/19​/21
Nature (2018)

How to Provide a Multicultural Education (article)Posted 9/30​/21
Baylor University - ​Baylor's EdD online in Learning and Organizational Change (2020)

Interagency Working Group on Inclusion inSTEM Federal Coordination in STEM Education of the National Science and Technology Council (2021)

Melissa R. Cronin et al. | Nature Ecology & Evolution (2021)

How Field Courses Propel Inclusion and Collective Excellence​ (peer-reviewed scientific article)Posted 4/14/21
Erika S. Zavaleta, Roxanne S. Beltran, and Abraham L. Borker| Trends in Ecology & Evolution (2020)

Roxanne S. Beltran,​ Erin Marnocha, Alexandra Race, Donald A. Croll, Gage H. Dayton, Erika S. Zavaleta​| Ecology and Evolution (2020)

Ten Simple Rules for Building an Anti-Racist Research Lab​ (peer-reviewed scientific article)Posted 3/30/21
Danielle Venton and Asmeret Asefaw Berhe​| PLOS Computational Biology (2020)​​​ | KQED interview with Dr. Asmeret Asefaw Berhe

10 Ways to Tackle Linguistic Bias in Our Classrooms ​(opinion)Posted​ 2/2/21
Catherine Savini​ | Insider Higher ED (2021)

Geosciences and Ocean Sciences

Co-Creating Ethical Practices and Approaches for Fieldwork​ (peer-reviewed scientific article)|​ Posted 4/6/23
Juliet Ryan-Davis, Daniella Scalice | AGU Advances (2022)​​

Championing inclusive terminology in ecology and evolution​ (peer-reviewed scientific article)|​ Posted 3/10/23
Susan J. Cheng, Kaitlyn M. Gaynor, Alex C. Moore, Kathy Darragh, Cesar O. Estien, J.W. Hammond, Christopher Lawrence, Kirby L. Mills, Marcella D. Baiz, Danielle Ignace, Lily Khadempour, Matthew A. McCary, Mallory M. Rice, Shersingh Joseph Tumber-Dávila, Justine A. Smith | ScienceDirect (2023)​​

Abby Ackerman, Kristen Yarincik, Stephanie Murphy, Ivona Cetinić, Allison Fundis, Allison Miller, Emily Shroyer, Aly Busse, Qu’Derrick Covington, Annette DeSilva, Alison Haupt, Leah Johnson, Craig Lee, Laura Lorenzoni, Brandi Murphy, Jennifer Ramarui, Brad Rosenheim, and Deborah Steinberg | Oceanography (2023)​

Samantha C. Carter, Elizabeth M. Griffith, Theresa A. Jorgensen, Karin G. Coifman & W. Ashley Griffith ​​ | Communications Earth and Environment (2021)​​

Changing the Culture of Coastal, Ocean, and Marine Sciences: Strategies for Individual and Collective Actions​ (peer-reviewed scientific article) |​ Posted 9/17/21
Mona Behl, Sharon Cooper, Corey Garza, Sarah E. Kolesar, Sonya Legg, Jonathan C. Lewis, Lisa White and Brandon Jones | Oceanography (2021)​

Corey Garza | Oceanography (2021)

Lora Harris, Corey Garza et al.​ | AGU Advances (2021)​

Lora Harris et al.​ | Estuaries and Coasts (2021)​​

Reaching Out to Underserved Communities ​(Commentary)|​ Posted 8/31/21
Corey Garza​ | Marine Technology Society Journal (2015)

Vernon R. Morris| AGU Advances (2021)
Nia Morales, Kari Bisbee O’Connell, Stacy McNulty, Alan Berkowitz, Gillian Bowser, Michael Giamellaro, Maria N. Miriti| The Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America (2020)​​​

Hostile climates are barriers to diversifying the geosciences​ (peer-reviewed scientific article)|​ Posted 1/27/21
Erika Marín-Spiotta, Rebecca T. Barnes, Asmeret Asefaw Berhe, Meredith G. Hastings, Allison Mattheis, Blair Schneider, and Billy M. Williams| Advances in Geosciences (2020)​​

Strategies for Increasing Diversity in the Ocean Science Workforce Through Mentoring​​ (peer-reviewed scientific article)​​Posted 6/23/20
Johnson, A., M.J. Huggans, D. Siegfried, and L. Braxton | Oceanography (2016)​​​

Field Safety

Field Operations Safety Manual (manual) Posted 10/6/21
University of California, Office of the President Risk Services (2019)

Amelia-Juliette Demery and Monique Pipkin | Nature Ecology & Evolution​ (2021)​​ | ​(pre-print​)​​​

Ten Steps to Protect BIPOC Scholars in the Field​​​ (opinion article) Posted 11/16/20
Joshua Anadu, Hendratta Ali, and Christopher Jackson​ | Eos, Science News by AGU​ (2020)​​

Additional Resources ​​

Mentoring and Advising Resources for Racial Injustice​ ​​Posted 8/4/20

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