Books on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility in Higher Education

These books are available via ebook or print at the Albin O. Kuhn Library in a collection entitled “DEIA in Higher Education.” Anyone from the UMBC community can check out the print copies for a 7-day loan period. Please inquire at the front desk if you wish to borrow a copy of any of these books. Click on the image if you are interested in reading the online version.

An Inclusive Academy: Achieving Diversity and Excellence

Abigail J. Stewart and Virginia Valian

Most colleges and universities embrace the ideals of diversity and inclusion, but many fall short, especially in the hiring, retention, and advancement of faculty who would more fully represent our diverse world—in particular, women and people of color. In this book, Abigail Stewart and Virginia Valian argue that diversity and excellence go hand in hand and provide guidance for achieving both.

UMBC Library Reserves

Call #: LB2332.72 .S74 2018


On Being Included: Racism and Diversity in Institutional Life

Sara Ahmed

Diversity is an ordinary, even unremarkable, feature of institutional life. Yet diversity practitioners often experience institutions as resistant to their work, as captured through their use of the metaphor of the “brick wall.” On Being Included explores the gap between symbolic commitments to diversity and the experience of those who embody diversity.

UMBC Library Reserves

Call #: LC212.4 .A398 2012


Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men

Caroline Criado Perez

Data is fundamental to the modern world. From economic development, to healthcare, to education and public policy, we rely on numbers to allocate resources and make crucial decisions. But because so much data fails to take into account gender, because it treats men as the default and women as atypical, bias and discrimination are baked into our systems. And women pay tremendous costs for this bias, in time, money, and often with their lives.

UMBC Library Reserves

Call #: HQ1237 .C75 2019

How to Be an Antiracist

Ibram X. Kendi

Antiracism is a transformative concept that reorients and reenergizes the conversation about racism—and, even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. In How to Be an Antiracist, Kendi takes readers through a widening circle of antiracist ideas—from the most basic concepts to visionary possibilities—that will help readers see all forms of racism clearly, understand their poisonous consequences, and work to oppose them in our systems and in ourselves.

UMBC Library Reserves.   Call #: E184.A1 K344 2019


Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics, & the Limits of the Law

Dean Spade

In Normal Life Dean Spade presents revelatory critiques of the legal equality framework for social change, and points to examples of transformative grassroots trans activism that is raising demands that go beyond traditional civil rights reforms. Spade explodes assumptions about what legal rights can do for marginalized populations, and describes transformative resistance processes and formations that address the root causes of harm and violence. UMBC Library Reserves.   Call #: KF4754.5 .S63 2015

Academic Ableism: Disability and Higher Education

Jay Timothy Dolmage

Academic Ableism brings together disability studies and institutional critique to recognize the ways that disability is composed in and by higher education, and rewrites the spaces, times, and economies of disability in higher education to place disability front and center.  Examining everything from campus accommodation processes, to architecture, to popular films about college life, Dolmage argues that disability is central to higher education, and that building more inclusive schools allows better education for all.

UMBC Library Reserves

Call #: LC4818.38 .D66 2017