Diversity Learning Tree

Diversity is not synonymous with differences but encompasses both differences and similarities. As members of a diverse community, we can learn more about ourselves and each other through though dialogue and reflection. We all share responsibility for educating and involving ourselves in promoting diversity for excellence within our School. Want to do more to help recruit a diverse faculty and student body? What to learn more about creating a more welcoming environment at SA+P? Check out the resources on this page and contact us to find out how you can contribute!


There are a few hands on exercises to learn more about yourself, your preferences, your privileges, and other qualities to reflect on.

Implicit association tests.
This Harvard University online software tool gives you an opportunity to assess your conscious and unconscious preferences for over 90 different topics ranging from pets to political issues, ethnic groups to sports teams, and entertainers to styles of music.

Check out these privilege checklists to compare and reflect on the various types of you may or may not have.

Privilege will be one of the topics for the SA+P Roundtable lunch series. Check our Diversity News and Events page for more information.

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Johnsrud, Linda and Sadao, Kathleen (1998). The Common Experience of "Otherness: " Ethnic and Racial Minority Faculty. The Review of Higher Education 21(4), pp315-342.

Afraid of the dark: What Whites and Blacks need to know about each other. Jim
Myers. Chicago, IL: Lawrence Hill Books, 2000. Relying on popular sources such as the census, polls, television, and other media, Myers has written an honest and thought-provoking book on the sensitive subject of race.

Padilla, Raymond V. and Rudolfo C. Chavez, Editors. The Leaning Ivory Tower: Latino Professors in American Universities. Albany, New York: N.Y. SUNY Press, 1995.

Tatum, Beverly (2003). Why are all the Black kids sitting together in the cafeteria? And other conversations about race. New York: Basic Books. In this sensitive work on racial barriers, Tatum looks at the school scene and examines the development of racial identity, considers blackness in a white context, and discusses issues in Latino, Native American and Asian-Pacific identity development.

Gaertner, S. L., Dovidio, J. D., Nier, J. A., Hodson, G., & Houlette (2005). Aversive Racism: Bias Without Intention. In Nelson, R. L. & Nielson, L. B. (Eds.).

Williams, Clarence (2005). Technology and the Dream. This book grew out of the Blacks at MIT History Project, whose mission is to document the black presence at MIT. The main body of the text consists of transcripts of more than seventy-five oral history interviews, in which the interviewees assess their MIT experience and reflect on the role of blacks at MIT and beyond. Although most of the interviewees are present or former students, black faculty, administrators, and staff are also represented, as are nonblack faculty and administrators who have had an impact on blacks at MIT. The interviewees were selected with an eye to presenting the broadest range of issues and personalities, as well as a representative cross section by time period and category.

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MacKintosh, Peggy. White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack. Peggy McIntosh examines and catalogues the many ways in which white privilege in the U.S. serves to benefit whites as an “invisible weightless knapsack of special provisions, maps, passports, codebooks, visas, clothes, tools, and blank checks.” Her essay explores the moral, epistemological, and political costs of these privileges and argues that the knapsack is heavy indeed.

"Diversification of a University Faculty: Observations on Hiring Women Faculty in the Schools of Science and Engineering at MIT" by Nancy Hopkins, MIT Faculty Newsletter, March/April 2006.

Brayboy, B. M. (2003). "The implementation of diversity in predominantly white colleges and universities," Journal of Black Studies, 34(1), 72-86.

MIT Gender Equity Project

A Study of the Status of Women Faculty in Science at MIT

Gerald McMaster and Clifford E. Trafzer (eds), "Native Universe: Voices of Indian America," Washington, D.C.: National Geographic, 2004. Presented from a Native American perspective, this three-part volume celebrates the past, present, and future of Native Peoples in the Americas.

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The Hispanic Outlook In Higher Education, published monthly. Has articles of interest to the Latino/Hispanic community in higher education and posts position vacancy announcements.

Black Issues in Higher Education, published bi-monthly. Has articles of particular interest to the Black/African American community in higher education, but includes issues and information on other minority groups as well and posts position vacancy announcements.


The Essential blue eyed: 50 minute trainer’s edition and 36 minute debriefing [videorecording]. San Francisco, CA: California Newsreel, 1999. This film is a diversity training workshop and features Jane Elliott as a motivational speaker who uses the blue-eyed/brown-eyed exercise to create awareness of bigotry and prejudice. Elliott’s method effectively challenges people to confront racism at work and in their communities.

Ethnic Notions: 56 minutes - Color – 1986. Marlon Riggs’ documentary examines the treatment and depiction of black stereotypes in American popular culture from the Civil War era to the early 1960’s. With commentary by historians Barbara Christian and Larry Levine. Narrated by Ester Rolle.

Shattering the silences: 90 minutes. [videorecording]. San Francisco, CA: California Newsreel, 1997. This documentary explores issues of faculty diversity in American higher education in the mid-1990s, focusing on the experiences of eight minority scholars in the humanities and social sciences at a wide range of institutions. The program illustrates ways in which teaching and research by these scholars -- who are Asian-American, African-American, Native American, and Latino -- affects students, university communities, and the academic disciplines in which they work, and the triumphs and disappointments they encounter in their personal lives and academic careers.

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DiversityWeb, An interactive Resource for Hub for Higher Education.

The African-American Mosaic, The Library of Congress. This resource guide presents many illustrated essays on the topics of abolition, migration, colonization, Liberia, the WPA, slave narratives, and Black authors.

Diversity Database,University of Maryland. A diversity index with directories on age, class, disability, gender, national origin, race and ethnicity, religion, and sexual orientation.

Nativenet. Clearinghouse for Native American resources and information of all kinds, organized by subject.

Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library. A national research library devoted to collecting, preserving, and providing access to resources documenting the experiences of peoples of African descent throughout the world.

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