As part of efforts to build a welcoming culture supportive of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, the college's Educational Equity Office hosts the EMS Reads program. This program features readings and discussion on books that foster in-depth thoughts on diversity topics.
How to Be an Antiracist was selected as the 2020-21 EMS Reads book. It discusses concepts of racism and Kendi’s proposals for anti-racist individual actions and systemic changes.
EMS Reads Discussion Group
Discussion will be held on Zoom on Friday, Nov. 13, 2020. URL and PW: https://psu.zoom.us/j/96085886776?pwd=ZEFvbWpQalpFYzd1QWtjRzZKR0FZUT09 (Password: 217040)
Ibram X. Kendi Talk
Kendi's talk was held on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. Streamed Live on WPSU: https://www.watch.psu.edu/kendi/
For more information about Ibram X. Kendi, visit the Anti-Racism Resources webpage.
Select additional materials by and about Ibram X. Kendi and How To Be An Anti Racist
- Boston University Center for Antiracist Research
Recently moved to Boston University, Ibram X. Kendi heads the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research. The mission of the center is to convene researchers and practitioners from various disciplines to figure out novel and practical ways to understand, explain, and solve seemingly intractable problems of racial inequity and injustice. We foster exhaustive racial research, research-based policy innovation, data-driven educational and advocacy campaigns, and narrative-change initiatives. We are working toward building an antiracist society that ensures equity and justice for all.
- Ibram X. Kendi’s website
- The difference between being "not racist" and antiracist - Ibram X. Kendi TED talk
- Creating A More Equitable Society Is In White Americans' Self Interest - Ibram X. Kendi on Stephen Colbert show
- How to Be an Antiracist - Ibram X. Kendi on PBS Amanpour and Company
Popular Press Articles:
- Time Magazine - The 100 Most Influential People of 2020: Ibram X. Kendi by Al Sharpton (September 22, 2020)
- The Washington Post Magazine - The Anti-Racist Revelations of Ibram X. Kendi: Meet the historian who’s asking America to rethink the very nature of bigotry — and how to fight it by David Montgomery (October 14, 2019)
- The New York Times – An Antiracist Reading List by Ibram X. Kendi (May 29, 2019)
- The New York Times – The Heartbeat of Racism Is Denial by Ibram X. Kendi (January 13, 2018)
- The Guardian – This is what an antiracist America would look like. How do we get there? by Ibram X. Kendi (December 6, 2018)
- The Atlantic – What the Racial Data Show: The pandemic seems to be hitting people of color the hardest by Ibram X. Kendi (April 6, 2020)
- 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 by Ibram X. Kendi (May 12, 2020)
- A Campaign of Voter Subtraction: Trump’s Republican Party must subtract votes in order to survive by Ibram X. Kendi (October 16, 2020)
Workbooks Recommended by Dr. Kendi
- Be Antiracist : A Journal for Awareness, Reflection, and Action by Ibram X. Kendi
- Me and White Supremacy: A Guided Journal. by Layla F. Saad
- Be Antiracist with Ibram X. Kendi (Pushkin)
- NPR Morning Edition – Ibram X. Kendi's Latest Book: How To Be An Antiracist (August 13, 2019)
- Crooked Pod Save the People – No In Between (Ibram X. Kendi) (November 26, 2019)
- Scene on Radio – Seeing White
- Episode 2: How Race Was Made
- Episode 3: Made in America
- Episode 4: On Crazy We Built a Nation
For additional information on anti-racism, active allyship, bystander intervention and the EMS Reads program, visit the EMS Educational Equity Website https://www.ems.psu.edu/diversity
On April 19, 2018, the college partnered with the College of Engineering to bring Dr. Claude Steele visit to Penn State. EMS chose his book Whistling Vivaldi and Other Clues to How Stereotypes Affect Us, which summarizes years of research on stereotype threat and the underperformance of minority students in higher education, for the 2018 EMS Reads program. Copies were distributed to any interested member of the EMS community, free of charge.
Steele is an American social psychologist and a professor of psychology at Stanford University. While on campus he met with many groups and gave the lecture "Stereotype Threat and Identity Threat: The Science of a Diverse Community."
We provided tickets to 100 members of the EMS community to attend the talk, and set up viewing stations within the college. Additionally, in advance of Steele’s visit, we engaged our faculty and staff with a series of discussions facilitated by EMS faculty.
Additional discussions were held with Women in EMS, We Are For Science, by EMS advisers, and by additional groups within the college.
Resources on Claude Steele
- National Public Radio: ‘Whistling Vivaldi’ and Beating Stereotype Threat https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=125859207
- “Stereotype Threat: A Conversation with Claude Steele” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=failylROnrY
- “How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvLj3OIQHuE
Popular press by Claude Steele
- Thin Ice: Stereotype Threat and Black College Students (Atlantic Monthly, 1999)
- Not Just a Test: Why we must rethink the paradigm we use for judging human ability (The Nation, 2004)