As members of an academic community, we question, research, and learn. With that knowledge, it is our duty to make positive change.
In partnership with alumnae/i volunteers, Alumnae/i Relations and Development has compiled the following resources and readings - including a collective alumnae/i reading initiative - that have been helpful in our pursuit of positive change in line with the College’s mission to address structural inequities at Bryn Mawr and beyond. They were compiled with the lens of higher education as well as accessibility at all levels of antiracism work.
The list will be updated over time so that each of us can better educate ourselves about antiracism in a higher education setting. We also welcome your suggestions for inclusion and will be working with our volunteers to review submissions. Please contact email@example.com with suggestions and to learn more about volunteer opportunities.
2022-2023 Alumnae/i Committee:
Marcia Cantarella ’68
Nathan Gold ’07
Betsy Hodges ’91
Jane Park ’96
2023 Book Selection: The reading initiative established last summer will continue this year with an open and purposeful alumnae/i conversation in the fall about the advancement of antiracism at Bryn Mawr and beyond. The book selection for 2023 is The Sum of Us by Heather McGhee. Purchase your copy today online at the Bryn Mawr College Bookshop and mark your calendar for an on-campus discussion about the book on October 27. Register here. An adaptation for young readers is also available here at the Bookshop. For e-book and audio book options, visit Penguin Random House.
2022 Book Selection: The alumnae/i committee selected My Broken Language by Quiara Alegría Hudes as its inaugural book. Alumnae/i came together to discuss My Broken Language through regional club events, Volunteer Summit and Homecoming in September, and a virtual event open to all alumnae/i in November. Associate Dean of Equity, Inclusion and Community Life, Ann-Therese Ortíz, led the virtual and in person discussions on campus.
Across America, universities have become big businesses–and our cities their company towns. But there is a cost to those who live in their shadow. This book recommendation comes from committee member Marcia Cantarella ’68. For a more in-depth look, we also recommend: Ebony and Ivy by Craig Steven Wilder.
Building on the groundwork laid in the New York Times bestseller White Fragility, Robin DiAngelo explores how a culture of niceness inadvertently promotes racism. This book recommendation comes from committee member Betsy Hodges '91
Ibram X. Kendi discusses the structures and systems of oppression that perpetuate inequality by weaving them into historic accounts and his personal experiences. Each chapter focuses on a different theme, including ethnicity, culture, class, gender, and more.
In collaboration with award-winning historian and comic artist Joel Christian Gill, this stunningly illustrated graphic-novel adaptation of Dr. Kendi's groundbreaking Stamped from the Beginning explores, with vivid clarity and dimensionality, the living history of America, and how we can learn from the past to work toward a more equitable, antiracist future.
In this groundbreaking book, therapist Resmaa Menakem examines the damage caused by racism in America from the perspective of trauma and body-centered psychology.
Writer and speaker Ijeoma Oluo dives into the complexities of race, racism, and white supremacy in this New York Times bestseller. Oluo succeeds at speaking truth to power in a way that is accessible for all readers.
This eye-opening book challenges you to do the essential work of unpacking your biases, and helps white people take action and dismantle the privilege within themselves so that you can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on people of color, and in turn, help other white people do better, too.
A trenchant analysis of how public education is being destroyed in overt and deceptive ways–and how to fight back. This book recommendation comes from committee member Marcia Cantarella ’68.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning, bestselling author of The Warmth of Other Suns examines the unspoken caste system that has shaped America and shows how our lives today are still defined by a hierarchy of human divisions.
Extensively researched from court transcripts, contemporary news accounts, and in-person interviews with key participants, From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry is a suspenseful, nuanced, and authoritative portrait of a pivotal moment in civil rights history, and a man who became a symbol against hatred and racism. This book recommendation comes from committee member Jane Park ’96.
Research-backed, accessible, and uplifting, Say the Right Thing charts a pathway out of cancel culture toward more meaningful and empathetic dialogue on issues of identity. It also gives us the practical tools to do good in our spheres of influence.
On the Code Switch podcast, we often use the term "people of color." And it's not something we thought a ton about until the Black Lives Matter protests reignited in May, and we saw a refrain across social media, particularly among Black people: Stop calling me a person of color. This podcast recommendation comes from committee member Betsy Hodges '91.
The show we released with Minneapolis-based trauma specialist Resmaa Menakem in the weeks after George Floyd’s killing has become one of our most popular episodes, and has touched listeners and galvanized personal searching. So we said yes when Resmaa proposed that he join On Being again, this time together with Robin DiAngelo, the author of White Fragility.
We know American public schools do not guarantee each child an equal education. Two decades of school reform initiatives have not changed that. But when Chana Joffe-Walt, a reporter, looked at inequality in education, she saw that most reforms focused on who schools were failing: Black and brown kids. But what about who the schools are serving? In this five-part series, she turns her attention to what is arguably the most powerful force in our schools: White parents.
Where did the notion of “whiteness” come from? What does it mean? What is whiteness for? Scene on Radio host and producer John Biewen took a deep dive into these questions, along with an array of leading scholars. This podcast recommendation comes from committee member Nathan Gold '07.
Betsy Hodges '91 Talks to the New York Times
"As Mayor of Minneapolis, I Saw How White Liberals Block Change," New York Times, July 9, 2020