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Gordon authors on racial diversity and inclusivity

By Kimberly Ridley and Ralph Wales for the Summer 2014 issue of Independent School Magazine
Sustaining the Work: A Gordon School Case Study
By Kimberly T. Ridley, chapter 25 of Diversity Work in Independent Schools: The Practice and the Practitioner, 2013
By Julie Parsons and Kimberly Ridley for the Winter 2012 issue of Independent School Magazine
By Eric Polite II for the Fall 2004 issue of Independent School Magazine

From the crossracial dialogues

In 2015, Gordon began a series of crossracial dialogues, organized by Gordon’s Parents of Students of Color and the Antiracism Working Group for White Parents. 
April 2017
Film screening and dialogue: I Am Not Your Negro 
suggested followup reading included:
November 2016
The discussion centered on the podcast Code Switch's episode Racial Apocalypse or Kumbaya?

Unpacking Race

February 2015 symposium

In February 2015, Gordon and Brown University organized Unpacking Race, a two-day symposium.
The full program is at
Many of the resources below were compiled into a booklet that was provided to those who attended.
The symposium also inspired an email list, Multicultural education resources, generated by Lynn Bowman, the director of the Teacher Residency Program at Gordon School and Roger Williams University. sign up

Teaching and Leading

readings compiled by Lynn Bowman for Unpacking Race

Adams, M., Bell, L., & Griffin, P. (2007). Teaching for diversity and social justice (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Routledge.
Cochran-Smith, M. (2004). Walking the road: Race, diversity, and social justice in teacher education. New York, NY: Teachers College Press.
Grant, C., & Sleeter, C. (2007). Doing multicultural education for achievement and equity. New York, NY: Routledge.
Lee, E., Menkart, D., & Okazawa-Rey, M. (Eds.). (2007). Beyond heroes and holidays: A practical guide to K-12 anti-racist, multicultural education and staff development. Washington, D.C.: Teaching for Change.
Sparks, L., LeeKeenan, D., & Nimmo, J. (2014). Leading anti-bias early childhood programs: A guide for change. New York, NY: Teachers College Press.
Steele, D., & Cohn-Vargas, B. ( 2013) Identity safe classrooms: Places to belong and learn. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

Identity and Privilege

readings compiled by Lynn Bowman

Brewester, J., Stephenson, M., & Beard, H. (2014). Promises kept: Raising black boys to succeed in school and life. New York, NY: Spiegel and Grau.
Irving, D. (2014) Waking up white, and finding myself in the story of race. Cambridge, MA: Elephant Room Press.
Kimmel, M., & Ferber, A. (Eds.). (2013). Privilege: A reader (3rd ed.). Boulder, CO: Westview Press.
Tatum, B. (2007). Can we talk about race?: And other conversations in an era of school resegregation. Boston, MA: Beacon Press.

Theory and research

readings compiled by Lynn Bowman for Unpacking Race

Banks, J. (2008). An introduction to multicultural educuation (4th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.
Gay, G.(2010). Culturally responsive teaching: Theory research and practice. New York, NY: Teachers College Press.
Noguera, P. (2008). The trouble with black boys... and other reflections on race, equity and the future of public education. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
Sensoy, O., & DiAngelo, R. (2012). Is everyone really equal?: An introduction to key concepts in social justice education. New York, NY: Teachers College Press.


readings compiled by Lynn Bowman for Unpacking Race

Black Male Achievement, Open Society Foundation
Race: the Power of an Illusion
Racial Equity Tools
Teaching Tolerance
Witnessing Whiteness

Frequently forwarded articles

by David Nurenberg, from the Harvard Educational Review, spring 2011
Even Geniuses Work Hard
by Carol S. Dweck, Educational Leadership, September 2010
Color Blind or Color Conscious?
by Beverly Daniel Tatum, the School Administrator, May 1999
When You're Called a Racist
by Beverly Daniel Tatum, National Association of Secondary School Principals Bulletin, September 1999
by Peggy McIntosh, 1988
The Psychological Experiences of Students of Color
by Michael Thompson, Kathy Schultz, Independent School, summer 2003
by Caroline G. Blackwell, Independent School, winter 2006
by Jennifer Bryan, Independent School, summer 2010

Links mentioned at Unpacking Race

from the February 2015 panel discussions at Gordon and Brown

The film American Promise, and the work that it inspired, is covered comprehensively at the film's site at 
Debby Irving's site, which includes the "21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge":
James DeWolf Perry is the executive director of 
The Tracing Center
Dr. Maria Pacheco is the executive director of
Dr. Francoise N. Hamlin mentioned the 
The two books that Brandon Bowman suggested for young black men on Friday night were
Black Skin, White Masks, by Frantz Fanon
The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois 
Debby Irving mentioned the importance of this video as a basic primer on privilege in the US:
Race: the Power of an Illusion
James DeWolf Perry cited the results of implicit bias tests that can be sampled here:
Traces of the Trade is the film that James DeWolf Perry participated in:
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