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Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Resources

EDI Resources from SPIE

SPIE, its volunteers, and staff work to encourage and promote diversity at our events and within our profession. We believe that bringing together people from different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives will support innovation through a diversity of ideas and solve challenges faced by our world. We also believe in the development of collaborative environments that value participation from individuals with different ideas and perspectives, that ultimately have a positive impact on the science and engineering of light. It is our aim that our programs reflect these core values.

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• White Fragility by Robin D'Angelo
  A 14-page article that inspired a book of the same name. The author tackles issues regarding discomfort and defensiveness in white people while having discussion about race and privilege.
  Source: The International Journal of Critical Pedagogy

• How Medical Education Is Missing the Bull’s-eye
  Questions the standard representation of white and male in medical education.
  Source: The New England Journal of Medicine

• The Asset Value of Whiteness: Understanding the Racial Wealth Gap
  2017 article outlining income and wealth disparities in American households versus race.
  Source: Demos

• Gender, race and parenthood impact academic productivity during the COVID-19 pandemic: from survey to action
  Findings revealed that male academics - especially childless ones - were the least affected group, whereas female academics, especially Black women and mothers, were the most impacted group.
  Source: bioRxiv Preprints

• Too many senior white academics still resist recognizing racism
  Discusses what is an appropriate response to racism and how we should tackle racism.
  Source: Nature

• The impact of racism on clinician cognition, behavior and clinical decision making
  Research paper with evidence of effects of racism on the quality of healthcare that Black people receive.
  Source: Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race

• Science reflects history as society influences science: brief history of “race,” “race correction,” and the spirometer
  A discussion of how society reflects itself in science, through the story of the spirometer.
  Source: Advances in Physiology Education


• Role of Academia in Combatting Structural Racism in the United States
  Description of the problem and call to action from a public health perspective.
  Source: Association for Prevention Teaching and Research

• Ten simple rules for building an anti-racist lab
  Succinct advice for fostering an anti-racist lab.
  Source: EcoEvoRxiv Preprints

• Implicit Bias and Structural Inequity
  Article with reflections on the ways implicit bias reinforces structural inequities via normalization of otherness and exclusion.
  Source: National Equity Project

• White Academia: Do Better
  Higher education has a problem. It’s called White supremacy. Ten tangible actions a Black professor at Ohio State encourages white colleagues to take.
  Source: Medium

• What Black scientists want from colleagues and their institutions
  Frustrated and exhausted by systemic racism in the science community, Black researchers outline steps for action.
  Source: Nature

• Tips for Creating Effective White Caucus Groups
  Caucuses are our group-level work (building upon our individual self work) so that we individually and collectively can be effective partners for change.
  Source: www.drcraigelliott.com

• The Performance of “Antiracism” Curricula
  Examining what hides in the shadow of “antiracism” curricula and statements.
  Source: The New England Journal of Medicine


• A Dual Degree From Oxford. A Medical Degree From Harvard. Neither Protected Me From Racism
  An interview with a Black person in our community and his experiences.
  Source: NPR

• Structural racism is the real pandemic
  Short article discussing racial disparities of Covid-19 impact in Boston.
  Source: CommonWealth

• Asian Americans Are Still Caught in the Trap of the ‘Model Minority’ Stereotype. And It Creates Inequality for All
  Article reflecting on the concept of a "model minority" stereotype and the different types of racism that are associated with different races.
  Source: Time

• The Coronavirus Was an Emergency Until Trump Found Out Who Was Dying
  The pandemic has exposed the bitter terms of our racial contract, which deems certain lives of greater value than others.
  Source: The Atlantic

• Who Gets to Be Afraid in America?
  Americans don’t see me, or Ahmaud Arbery, running down the road—they see their fear.
  Source: The Atlantic

• Gravestone dedicated to the first Black female medical doctor in the US
  Rebecca and Arthur Crumpler lay side by side in unmarked graves in Hyde Park for more than a century, a wife and husband buried 15 years apart at the fringes of Fairview Cemetery near their home on Mother Brook.
  Source: The Boston Globe


• The 1619 Project
  The 1619 Project examines the legacy of slavery in America.
  Source: The New York Times

• How Racism Creeps Into Medicine
  The history of a medical instrument reveals the dubious science of racial difference.
  Source: The Atlantic

• Science Under the Scope - putting science in perspective - a comic
  A hand drawn comic by a scientist and how she discovered the connections between science and social justice.
  Source: FreeRads.org

• The Police Tried to Make Me Medically Examine a Man Against His Will
  Powerful ethical breakdown of the intersection of patients' ethical rights, police involvement in emergency healthcare, racial disparity in treatment, and the role of MDs in navigating these situations.
  Source: zora.medium.com

• What is Black August?
  For Black revolutionaries and communities, the month of August is a month marked with the struggles, sacrifices, and resistance of Black people in the United States. In the midst of one of the biggest uprisings against racist and police violence in recent decades, Black August takes on new meaning.
  Source: LeftVoice.com

• Black August - A Celebration of Freedom Fighters Past and Present
  More history about Black revolutionaries and the significance of Black August.
  Source: Center for Constitutional Rights

• White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack
  "White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack" first appeared in Peace and Freedom Magazine, July/August, 1989. This article dives into the text and offers notes for facilitators.
  Source: National Seed Project

• The Intersectionality Wars
  When Kimberlé Crenshaw coined the term 30 years ago, it was a relatively obscure legal concept. Then it went viral.
  Source: Vox.com

• The Case for Reparations
  Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole.
  Source: The Atlantic

• Making Anti-Racism A Core Value In Academic Medicine
  Racism, and not race, is a social determinant of health. Acknowledging this is a foundation for structural and systemic change. Indeed, academic medical centers and health care organizations not acting to eliminate racism are perpetuating its proliferation. Within and outside our walls, we must build a culture of health that empowers populations that have historically been made vulnerable and uproots the manifestations of racism that appear in health care.
  Source: Health Affairs Blog

• Medical Schools Have Historically Been Wrong on Race
  While the blatant horrors of the past are gone, the ideas that fueled race-based medicine stubbornly linger. We can change.
  Source: The New York Times

• Structural Solutions for the Rarest of the Rare — Underrepresented-Minority Faculty in Medical Subspecialties
  The fact that medical subspecialties continue to have extremely low numbers of URM faculty decades after national workforce-diversity efforts began indicates the extent of resistance to diversification in these fields. The challenges created by this resistance are faced by URM subspecialists and can impede academic success.
  Source: The New England Journal of Medicine

• Medical schools need to do much more to protect students of color from racism
  As an interviewee, she endured racist comments. In courses, she saw patients of color omitted from lessons. Here's what medical schools need to do to address these ills — and create a culture that makes Black students feel truly welcome.
  Source: AAMC

• The Race Gap: How U.S. systemic racism plays out in Black lives
  An interactive presentation that demonstrates how, from birth to death, Black people face systemic disadvantages in American life more than 150 years after slavery was abolished.
  Source: Reuters Graphics

• The not-so-silent killer missing in medical-training curricula: racism
  Racism is a social determinant of health and negatively affects health outcomes. This Comment describes steps to take toward achieving equity and racial justice in medical training and addressing racism in clinical settings.
  Source: Nature: Medicine

• On Racism: A New Standard For Publishing On Racial Health Inequities
  Despite racism’s alarming impact on health and the wealth of scholarship that outlines its ill effects, preeminent scholars and the journals that publish them, including Health Affairs, routinely fail to interrogate racism as a critical driver of racial health inequities.
  Source: Health Affairs Blog

• ER doctors: We're no strangers to violence but we try to de-escalate without anyone dying
  An op-ed stating the our goal in managing agitated patients is clear: Use verbal de-escalation primarily and, if needed, physical restraint that avoids unsafe positions.
  Source: USA Today

• Stolen Breaths
  A 'Perspectives' piece that examines how in Minnesota, where black Americans account for 6% of the population but 14% of Covid-19 cases and 33% of Covid-19 deaths, George Floyd died at the hands of police.
  Source: The New England Journal of Medicine

• Academic medical leaders and learners reflect on police brutality, racism, and the path forward
  Students, physicians, and academic medical centers have a role to play not only in recognizing structural racism, but in addressing health disparities that disproportionately affect communities of color.
  Source: AAMC

• The Problem with Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity
  A guest post from a physics education researcher investigating strategies for modifying physics curricula to support students underprepared in math and ways to broaden participation in physics. Includes organization-wide inclusion/climate assessments.
  Source: The Scholarly Kitchen


• 'Superior: The return of race science' by Angela Saini
  History of Scientific Racism and its resurrection in the 21st century - for longer term goals, it might be important to understand how and why certain racist approaches were allowed to continue in scientific research. Also important to understand how scientific research can prop up racism if not held accountable.

• Diversifying STEM: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Race and Gender
  A book of essays from Black people in different areas of STEM and their views on current situation in STEM and ideas for the future for researchers, institutions, etc.

• 'Fatal Invention: How science, politics and big business re-create race in the 21st century' by Dorothy Roberts
  A book that discusses the complexities of race based research and how it is enforced by the systems we have in place.

• 'Black Man in a White Coat' a memoir by Dr. Damon Tweedy
  Discusses the question: Are all physicians and, more importantly, all patients, treated equally?" Topics include campus tensions being recipient of a diversity scholarship in the south, the treatment of black mothers, and socioeconomic challenges.

• 'White Fragility: Why it’s so hard for white people to talk about racism' by Robin DiAngelo
  Best-selling book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality.

• 'How to Be An Antiracist' by Ibram X. Kendi
  From the National Book Award-winning author of 'Stamped from the Beginning' comes a refreshing approach that will radically reorient America on the urgent issues of race, justice, and equality.


• A Dual Degree From Oxford. A Medical Degree From Harvard. Neither Protected Me From Racism
  An interview with a Black person in our community and his experiences.
  Source: NPR

• 'Seeing White' a series on Season 2 of 'Scene On Radio'
  Podcast by John Biewen at Duke University Center of Documentary Studies (14 episodes, each 30-40 minutes long)
  A comprehensive history of race and racism. Explains how race is a result of racism and not the other way around. Addresses this from our meeting notes: Many Wellmanites are new to the US and aren’t familiar with the history and different aspects of racism in this country.

• '1619' a New York Times podcast
  6 30-40 minute podcast episodes discuss eras throughout US history & key decisions made that have reinforced structural racism and inequities.

• 'Code Switch: Race. In Your Face.' an NPR podcast
  Code Switch is the fearless conversations about race that you've been waiting for! Hosted by journalists of color, our podcast tackles the subject of race head-on. We explore how it impacts every part of society — from politics and pop culture to history, sports and everything in between. This podcast makes ALL OF US part of the conversation — because we're all part of the story.

• 'Small Doses' with Amanda Seales
  Your favorite truth teller, comedian Amanda Seales, is dropping gems with, 'Small Doses,' a weekly podcast that brings you potent truths for everyday use.


• Transgender Basics - Gender Identity Project
  A 20-minute educational film on the concepts of gender and transgender people. Two providers from The Center's Gender Identity Project (GIP) discuss basic concepts of gender, sexual orientation, identity and gender roles. Three transgender community members share their personal experiences of being trans and genderqueer.

• Community Conversations: Two Pandemics
  A recorded panel discussion between members of the Harvard community discussing the push for greater racial justice in parallel with the disparate racial impact of COVID-19, including current and desired progress in Harvard community.

• Culturally Aware Mentorship
  Virtual panel facilitated by NIH NIGMS on the value of cultural awareness in mentorship," including results from a NASEM report describing difficulties between mentors-mentees in communicating about race-related topics.

• The Problem with Race-based Medicine
  The TED Talk by Dorothy Roberts on race-based medicine examines the effects of racial biases on medical decision making.

• Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man
  Emmanuel Acho, a former NFL linebacker, created this YouTube series as an introductory level resource, for people wanting to learn more about racism in America, provided by a Black man.

• Experiences of Black STEM in the Ivory: A call to disruptive action
  A recording from a two-day event that brought together students, faculty, staff, and deans from some academic institutions to share their views on racism in STEM.

• How Studying Privilege Systems Can Strengthen Compassion
  A TED Talk by Peggy McIntosh, an anti-racism activist, scholar, and Senior Research Scientist at the Wellesley Centers for Women. She is the founder of the National SEED Project (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity).

• Let’s Get to the Root of Racial Injustice
  In this inspiring and powerful TED Talk, Megan Ming Francis traces the root causes of our current racial climate to their core causes, debunking common misconceptions and calling out "fix-all" cures to a complex social problem.

• How to Overcome Our Biases? Walk Boldly Towards Them
  Our biases can be dangerous, even deadly — as we've seen in the cases of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner, in Staten Island, New York. In this TED Talk diversity advocate Vernā Myers looks closely at some of the subconscious attitudes we hold toward out-groups. She makes a plea to all people: Acknowledge your biases. Then move toward, not away from, the groups that make you uncomfortable. In a funny, impassioned, important talk, she shows us how.

• Just Mercy
  This 2019 film tells the powerful true story that follows young lawyer Bryan Stevenson and his battle for justice as he defends a man sentenced to death despite evidence proving his innocence.

• I Am Not Your Negro
  Director Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, 'Remember This House' in this 2017 film. It is a journey into black history that connects the Civil Rights movement to #BlackLivesMatter. It questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond.


• Program for Cultural Competence in Research (PCCR)
  This training module from the Harvard Catalyst program that seeks to improve cultural competency in research in the clinical and translational workforce.

• A Proposal for Harvard Medical School’s Strategic Investment in Health Equity
  Signable proposal encouraging Harvard Medical School to give more back to the community. It describes how HMS (as a largely tax-exempt entity) diminishes Boston's ability to raise revenue for community services. And anyone with an HMS affiliation can sign in support!


• Global Disability Inclusion
  A team of highly skilled disability inclusion experts with over 75 years of collective experience working with companies, foundations, non-profits, universities, and government agencies to help them realize the business benefits of disability inclusion.

• 500 Women Scientists
  The mission of 500 Women Scientists is to serve society by making science open, inclusive, and accessible and transform society by fighting racism, patriarchy, and oppressive societal norms. The vision of 500 Women Scientists is to be the foremost organization for the transformation of leadership, diversity, and public engagement in science.

• Request a Woman in STEMM
  A project of 500 Women Scientists, Request a Woman in STEMM is a resource for journalists, educators, policy makers, scientists, and anyone needing scientific expertise.

• The Women in Astronomy Forum
  The WIAF is self-organized networking, mentoring and peer support group for women with access to research time at the Space Telescope Science Institute. Broadly, WIAF members share similar career challenges: balancing science and functional responsibilities, balancing work and family life, and career goals such as renewals, promotions, and for some, tenure. Recently, COVID is creating an additional layer of uncertainty and stress.

• Catalyst: Workplaces that Work for Women
  Catalyst is a global nonprofit working with some of the world’s most powerful CEOs and leading companies to build workplaces that work for women. Since 1962, our preeminent thought leadership—including unparalleled workplace expertise and actionable research— has helped accelerate progress for women through workplace inclusion. We provide holistic end-to-end solutions and equip companies with the strategy and tools they need to make change and measure impact at their organizations.

• White Coats for Black Lives
  The mission of WC4BL is to dismantle racism in medicine and promote the health, well-being, and self-determination of Black and Indigenous people, and other people of color.

• Science for the People
  Science for the People originally arose in 1969 out of the anti-war movement and lasted until 1989. With radical analysis and non-hierarchical governing structure, Science for the People tackled the militarization of scientific research, the corporate control of research agendas, the political implications of sociobiology and other scientific theories, the environmental consequences of energy policy, inequalities in health care, and many other issues. Since 2015, SftP veterans have collaborated with a new generation of SftP members to explore the history of radical science and to rebuild the organization for today. Science for the People organizes scientists, activists, students, and scholars to face these issues head-on in research institutions, universities, and communities.

• Pride in STEM
  Pride in STEM is a charitable trust run by an independent group of LGBT+ scientists and engineers from around the world. Proud of who we are and what we do. We aim to showcase and support all LGBT+ people in STEM fields. Organizers of LGBTQ+ STEM Day.

  GLAAD rewrites the script for LGBTQ acceptance. As a dynamic media force, GLAAD tackles tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change. GLAAD protects all that has been accomplished and creates a world where everyone can live the life they love.

• Disabled in STEM
  This website/movement was inspired by looking through #DisabledInSTEM on Twitter and not seeing a lot of representation. The project aims to create a safe space for those with disabilities or chronic illness and for those who are neurodiverse to seek advice from each other and share resources to help each other succeed.

• The National SEED Project
  The National SEED Project (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) partners with schools, organizations, and communities to develop leaders who guide their peers in conversational communities to drive personal, organizational, and societal change toward social justice.

• Anti-Racist Action Plan
  A petition to create a 'Call for a Robust Anti-Racist Action Plan from All Professional Geoscience Societies and Organizations' which can be adapted by other organizations to create their own plan and path to work with other communities commited to anti-racism.


• Anti-Racism Resources List
  A well-curated list of anti-racism resources maintained by Harvard Medical School.

• Scaffolded Anti-Racist Resources
  This is a working document for scaffolding anti-racism resources. The goal is to facilitate growth for white folks to become allies, and eventually accomplices for anti-racist work. These resources have been ordered in an attempt to make them more accessible. Continually adding resources.

• Frequently Asked Questions about Transgender People
  Transgender people are your classmates, your coworkers, your neighbors, and your friends. This FAQ answers common questions about this community.
  Source: The National Center for Transgender Equality

• Justice in June
  This resource was compiled by Autumn Gupta with Bryanna Wallace’s oversight for the purpose of providing a starting place for individuals trying to become better allies.

• A Reading List on Issues of Race
  A reading list on issues of race. Harvard faculty recommend writers and subjects that promote context and understanding.
  Source: The Harvard Gazette




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