Diversity & Inclusion
The BU Women’s Guild Board is working to incorporate a mission to further diversity and inclusion into the DNA of the organization. Most recent efforts include:
- Supporting the launch of the Women of Color Circle, a member-led affinity group initiative.
- Standardizing Accessibility and Accommodations in event planning in partnership with the Disability & Access Services.
- Developing a diversity and inclusion statement to be voted by the membership at the Annual Business Meeting.
We invite you to join us in these efforts.
Do you want to be an Ally to women (and others) of color? Look for a growing list of resources to be added here, over time.
What is an Ally? According to the Guide to Allyship,
To be an Ally is to:
- Take on the struggle as your own.
- Stand up, even when you feel scared.
- Transfer the benefits of your privilege to those who lack it.
- Acknowledge that while you, too, feel pain, the conversation is not about you.
Layla Saad is a writer, speaker, podcast host & racial justice advocate whose work explores the intersections of race, spirituality, feminism & leadership. Layla is the author of the ground-breaking Me And White Supremacy Workbook (2018), and the host of Good Ancestor Podcast, and the now retired Wild Mystic Woman Podcast. She offers weekly ally training via Instagram Live.
- Guide to Allyship
An ever-evolving and growing open source guide meant to provide you with the resources for becoming a more effective ally.
- Robin DiAngelo, PhD
Dr. DiAngelo’s “area of research is in Whiteness Studies and Critical Discourse Analysis, explicating how whiteness is reproduced in everyday narratives.” She spoke on the Boston University campus on Monday, March 4, 2019, on the topic of “white fragility.” Read her book, “White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism” and download the Free Reader’s Guide (and see other resources).
Black Women Radicals and AAFC Solidarity Reading List: 2020 resource list by Black Women Radicals and the Asian American Feminist Collective
Anti-racism resources for white people: 2020 resource list by Sarah Sophie Flicker and Alyssa Klein (select from within this list of resources)
Resource guide that’s non-attributable but shared by multiple reputable sources
Scaffolded Anti-Racist Resources (Anna Stamborski, M. Div Candidate, Nikki Zimmermann, M. Div candidate, Bailie Gregory, M. Div, M.S. Ed.)
Anti-Racism Starter Kit (L. Glenise Pike)
Anti-Rasicm Resources (Sarah Sophie Flicker, Alyssa Klein)
Most of these have e-books.
Freedom is a Constant Struggle and Women Race & Class by Angela Y. Davis
Algorithms for Oppression by Safiya Umoja Noble
Between the World & Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Assata: An Autobiography by Assata Shakur
The Xenofeminist Manifesto by Laboria Cuboniks
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Anti-Racist Reading list from DIRT
Reading/Resource List for White People from Fractured Atlas
Articles & Websites
Nonviolence as Compliance in Baltimore: 2015 Atlantic article by Ta-nehisi Coates
Why Amy Cooper Knew Exactly What She Was Doing by Zeba Blay
M4BL platforms page
Additional Videos & Podcasts
Movies and Documentaries
13th (available on Netflix)
Selma (available on YouTube, Google Play, Amazon Prime Video, iTunes)
Just Mercy (available on Google Play, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube)
The Hate U Give (available on YouTube, Google Play, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu)
Do Not Resist (available on YouTube, Google Play, Amazon Prime Video, iTunes)
Do The Right Thing (available on YouTube, Google Play, Amazon Prime Video, iTunes)
Black Panther (available on YouTube, Google Play, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Disney+)
Get Out (available on YouTube, Google Play, Amazon Prime Video, iTunes)
When They See Us (available on Netflix)
I Am Not Your Negro (available on YouTube, Google Play, Amazon Prime Video, iTunes)
12 Years A Slave (available on YouTube, Google Play, Amazon Prime Video, iTunes)
If Beale Street Could Talk (available on YouTube, Google Play, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu)
Bail bonds for protestors (short list)
More comprehensive crowdsourced list here
Los Angeles: http://www.gofundme.com/f/peoples-city-council-ticket-fund
New York: https://freethemall4publichealth.org
Oakland/San Jose: https://siliconvalleydsa.org/donations/
National: https://secure.givelively.org/donate/the-bail-project and https://secure.actblue.com/donate/freeblackmamas2020
Memorial funds for victims of police brutality
Movement 4 Black Lives (national organization)
Black Lives Matter (national organization)
National Police Accountability Project (national organization)
Campaign Zero (national organization)
Unicorn Riot – nonprofit on-the-ground reporting of protests (national organization)
Black Visions Collective (MN organization)
North Star Health Collective (MN organization)
Save Mama Safia’s Kitchen – Somali restaurant destroyed in MN protests; BLM supporting owners
Reclaim the Block (MN organization)