Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Toolkit

Communicating across Cultural Barriers International Dimensions of Organizational Behavior. Nancy J. Adler

Stereotype Threat and the Intellectual Test Performance of African Americans Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Claude Steele and Joshua Aronson

Why Race? Cheryl D. Ching, Center for Urban Education

A Policy and Legal "Syllabus" for Diversity Programs at Colleges and Universities College Board Access & Diversity Collaborative, American Council on Education

Context Diversity: Reframing Higher Education in the 21st Century University of Wisconsin Press. Robert A. Ibarra, 2001.

Creating an Ecology for Diversity and equity in Education Leadership. Jennifer Meglemre.

Diversity Fatigue The Economist

Diversity Matters McKinsey & Company publication. Vivian Hunt, Dennis Layton, Sara Prince

Does Diversity Make a Difference? Three Research Studies on Diversity in College Classrooms Washington, DC: American Council on Education and American Association of University Professors. 2000.

Fostering Innovation Through a Diverse Workforce Forbes | Insights.

Four Paths to Mindful Inclusion Cook Ross Blog. Howard Ross, Founder & Chief Learning Officer

Guess Who Doesn't Fit In at Work Lauren A. Rivera, New York Times editorial, May 30, 2015

How Diversity Makes Us Smarter Scientific American. Katherine W. Phillips

National Institutes of Health Addresses the Science of Diversity Hannah A. Valantine and Francis S. Collins

The Importance of Diversity in Higher Education American Council on Education. ACE Board of Directors, June 2012.

The Lie and the Hope: Making Higher Education a Reality for At-Risk Students AAHE Bulletin. Laura I. Rendon.

Why Diversity and Equity Matter: Reflections from a Community College President New Directions for Community Colleges, Chapter 2. Francisco C. Rodriguez.

Addressing the Conceptual Challenges of Equity work: A Blueprint for Getting Started Erin L. Castro

A Talk to Teachers James Baldwin

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Discussing Race Jay Smooth

How (Un)ethical Are You? Harvard Business Review. Mahzarin R. Banaji, Max H. Bazerman, and Dolly Chugh

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack Independent School. (Alternative access) Peggy McIntosh

3 Ways to Make Less Biased Decisions Harvard Business Review. Howard J. Ross

Implicit Association Test

Unmasking ‘Racial Micro Aggressions’ American Psychological Association

Immaculate perception Jerry Kang (2013)

People with Disabilities

American Association of People with Disabilities

The American Association of People with Disabilities is a convener, connector and catalyst for change, increasing the political and economic power of people with disabilities.

ADA National Network

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law in 1990. The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation and all public and private places that are open to the general public. The purpose of the law is to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. The ADA gives civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities similar to those provided to individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, and religion. It guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in public accommodations, employment, transportation, state and local government services, and telecommunications. The ADA is divided into five titles (or sections) that relate to different areas of public life.

In 2008, the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) was signed into law and became effective on January 1, 2009. The ADAAA made a number of significant changes to the definition of “disability.” The changes in the definition of disability in the ADAAA apply to all titles of the ADA, including Title I (employment practices of private employers with 15 or more employees, state and local governments, employment agencies, labor unions, agents of the employer and joint management labor committees); Title II (programs and activities of state and local government entities); and Title III (private entities that are considered places of public accommodation).

Deaf & Hard of Hearing

National Association of the Deaf

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is the nation’s premier civil rights organization of, by and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States of America. Established in 1880, the NAD was shaped by deaf leaders who believed in the right of the American deaf community to use sign language, to congregate on issues important to them and to have its interests represented at the national level. These beliefs remain true to this day, with American Sign Language as a core value. The advocacy scope of the NAD is broad, covering a lifetime and impacting future generations in the areas of early intervention, education, employment, health care, technology, telecommunications, youth leadership and more – improving the lives of millions of deaf and hard-of-hearing Americans.

Utah Association of the Deaf

The Utah Association of the Deaf, established in 1909, is one of the oldest state associations in the United States. Its first president was a woman, Elizabeth DeLong – and this was before women won the right to vote!

The UAD has a long list of accomplishments of which we are proud. The UAD was responsible for the establishment of the Sanderson Community Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, the Utah Interpreter Service, the Interpreting Training Program at Salt Lake Community College, the Utah Relay Service, and a bookstore with deaf and hard of hearing products. It supports organizations dealing with deaf children and young adults. The UAD Bulletin is published monthly with local news and informational articles.

Utah Deaf History

The Utah Deaf History represents decades of rich deaf history and cultural heritage that would have been lost if it weren’t for our commitment to historical preservation. If we study the history, we will find that Utah has a rich past different from the norm of the deaf community at large. The Utah deaf historical research mostly focuses on 20th century events that significantly changed Utah’s deaf community. Since the founding of the Utah Association of the Deaf in 1909, this association advocated in the areas of auto insurance, traffic safety, telecommunication, interpreters, education, early intervention, employment, rehabilitation and much more. In fact, the Robert G. Sanderson Community Center, Jean Massieu School of the Deaf, the expansion of interpreting services, and the establishment of Deaf Education with an emphasis in ASL/English Bilingual (then Total Communication) at Utah State University are the result of Utah Association for the Deaf’s efforts.

For years, UAD has worked hard to achieve equality in all aspects of Utah Deaf citizen’s lives and enable them to function with an equal chance to live in this world as easily as a hearing person.

Deafhood Foundation

Dr. Ladd coined the word “Deafhood” to describe positive ways of being deaf in spite of discrimination and oppression, and to present a framework to understand our past, work within the present, and plan for the future.

Journal of Deaf Studies & Deaf Education

Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal integrating and coordinating basic and applied research relating to individuals who are deaf, including cultural, developmental, linguistic and educational topics.

Learning Disabilities, ADHD & Irlen Syndrome

National Center for Learning Disabilities

The mission of NCLD is to improve the lives of the 1 in 5 children and adults nationwide with learning and attention issues—by empowering parents and young adults, transforming schools, and advocating for equal rights and opportunities. We’re working to create a society in which every individual possesses the academic, social and emotional skills needed to succeed in school, at work and in life.

Understood for learning and attention issues

Parents want the best for their children. We do, too. For the first time ever, 15 nonprofit organizations have joined forces to support parents of the 1 in 5 children with learning and attention issues throughout their journey.

With the right support, parents can help children unlock their strengths and reach their full potential. With state-of-the-art technology, personalized resources, free daily access to experts, a secure online community, practical tips and more, Understood aims to provide that support.

LD Online

LD OnLine seeks to help children and adults reach their full potential by providing accurate and up-to-date information and advice about learning disabilities and ADHD. The site features hundreds of helpful articles, multimedia, monthly columns by noted experts, first-person essays, children’s writing and artwork, a comprehensive resource guide, very active forums, and a Yellow Pages referral directory of professionals, schools and products.

Friends of Quinn

Friends of Quinn is an online community that offers resources and support for young adults with learning differences, as well as for the people who love them. Founded by Quinn Bradlee, filmmaker and author of A Different Life, a book about growing up with LDs, our mission is to connect the LD world. 

A Program of the National Center for Learning Disabilities

RTI upholds the promise of ensuring that all children have access to high quality instruction, and that struggling learners – including those with learning disabilities – are identified, supported, and served early and effectively.

Irlen Syndrome

The Irlen Method provides a unique service for some children and adults identified with reading and learning difficulties, low motivation, attention deficit disorder (ADHD), discipline problems, headaches and migraines, autism, and traumatic brain injury. The symptoms of Irlen Syndrome are wide-ranging, but our technology focuses on one core problem: the brain’s inability to process visual information. You don’t have to have a diagnosed reading or learning problem benefit from the Irlen Method. Even good readers and gifted students can be helped.

Mental Health

National Alliance on Mental Illness

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

National Institute of Mental Health

NIMH offers authoritative information about mental disorders, a range of related topics and the latest mental health research.

The Mighty

The Mighty is a digital health community created to empower and connect people facing health challenges and disabilities.

Bring Change to Mind

The fact is, a mental illness is a disorder of the brain – your body’s most important organ – and one in four adults experience mental illness in a given year, including depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and PTSD. Like most diseases of the body, mental illness has many causes – from genetics to other biological, environmental and social / cultural factors. And just as with most diseases, mental illnesses are no one’s fault. The unusual behaviors associated with some illnesses are symptoms of the disease – not the cause. But most importantly, mental illnesses are treatable through medication and psychosocial therapies – allowing those who live with them the opportunity to lead full and productive lives.


Autistic Self Advocacy Network

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network seeks to advance the principles of the disability rights movement with regard to autism. ASAN believes that the goal of autism advocacy should be a world in which autistic people enjoy equal access, rights, and opportunities. We work to empower autistic people across the world to take control of our own lives and the future of our common community and seek to organize the autistic community to ensure our voices are heard in the national conversation about us. Nothing About Us, Without Us!

National Autism Association

The mission of the National Autism Association is to respond to the most urgent needs of the autism community, providing real help and hope so that all affected can reach their full potential.

Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.

Women’s Equality Issues

Equal Means Equal

EQUAL MEANS EQUAL offers an unflinching look at how women are treated in the United States today. Examining both real-life stories and precedent-setting legal cases, director Kamala Lopez uncovers how outdated and discriminatory attitudes inform and influence seemingly disparate issues, from workplace harassment to domestic violence, rape and sexual assault to the foster care system, and the healthcare conglomerate to the judicial system. Along the way, she reveals the inadequacy of present laws that claim to protect women, ultimately presenting a compelling and persuasive argument for the urgency of ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment.

Equal Rights Amendment

The proposed Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) states that the rights guaranteed by the Constitution apply equally to all persons regardless of their sex. After the 19th Amendment affirming women’s right to vote was ratified in 1920, suffragist leader Alice Paul introduced the ERA in 1923 as the next step in bringing "equal justice under law" to all citizens.

Eliminating Racism, Empowering Women (YWCA)

Since 1906 YWCA Utah has been a voice for women, a force for change and a place for hope. Our enduring belief is that better lives for women – all women – will lead to stronger families and communities. Throughout the years the YWCA’s underlying purpose has remained the same, but we have changed as women have changed, as the needs of our families have changed and as our world has changed. We have responded to the needs and aspirations of local women with innovative programs, promoted the rights and interests of women, and advocated for positive social change that creates better lives for all.

Today, the YWCA is Utah’s most comprehensive provider of family violence services; our programs include walk-in services and a crisis line, emergency shelter, transitional housing, children’s programs, and a vast array of supportive services. The YWCA also reaches out broadly into the community with offerings for every woman, including a nationally accredited child care and early education center, leadership opportunities for women at all life stages, and opportunities to participate more fully in civic life.

National Women’s Law Center

Across the country, women, girls and all people who face gender-based discrimination are standing up and speaking out, whether raising their voices in the Me Too movement, calling their elected officials, running for office or taking to the streets. They want to knock down barriers to success and put in place policies that help them reach their potential – at school, at work, at home and in their communities.

Utah Women & Leadership Project

Utah is full of engaged, passionate individuals who frequently ask the question, "What can I personally and/or professionally do to strengthen the impact of Utah girls and women?" To provide specific answers to that question, the Utah Women & Leadership Project (UWLP) team hosted a series of "think tank" gatherings to collect best practices for various stakeholders interested in supporting and empowering Utah girls and women.

Better Days 2020

It’s time to tell our story. The year 2020 marks the 150th anniversary of women first voting in Utah and the modern nation. It also marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, granting women’s suffrage throughout the United States, and the 55th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, protecting voting rights of women and men of racial minorities.

Better Days 2020 believes that by popularizing our history in creative and communal ways, we can challenge Utahns to live up to this great legacy of women's advocacy. 

Utah Women’s Coalition

Utah benefits economically, socially and politically from strong policies that support women.

Utah Women Unite

Utah Women Unite exists to protect and advance the rights of all Utah women, girls, marginalized and non-binary people in all communities. This specifically includes Utahns from marginalized groups, including women of color, LGTBQIA+ individuals and women of all abilities and socioeconomic statuses. In many measurable ways, Utah is the worst state in the nation for women. We unite to make our collective voices heard. We unite to elevate the status of Utah’s women. We unite to address political, legal and cultural problems faced by women in Utah.

ERA Coalition

The ERA Coalition represents 76 member and lead organizations, and millions of women and men. We support and help lead the movement for passage of an equal rights amendment through public education and messaging campaigns. Our polling research shows that while 94% of Americans support constitutional equality for women and men, 80% mistakenly think it already exists. The ERA Coalition is working to close this information gap.

The ERA Coalition works with its partner organizations to provide a strong forum for all voices advocating for passage of an equal rights amendment. The Coalition actively seeks to broaden the constituencies working for such a constitutional amendment by growing a strong national, inclusive and multi-generational movement to advance this mission.

The ERA Coalition works closely with the lead sponsors of Equal Rights Amendment legislation to lobby Congress to take action and provides educational tools, advocacy training and resources to encourage constituency outreach and educate our supporters on the importance of meeting with their members of Congress.