In August 2020 the Alfred University Libraries made a Commitment to Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression:
Alfred University Libraries stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and global movements responding to the systemic racism and anti-Black violence that recently claimed the lives of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and innumerable others. We recognize that this movement is intersectional and essential to dismantling oppression. We appreciate and endorse the statements of Alfred University and the American Library Association, which show support for all marginalized communities, especially the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) community.
We are committed to adding resources to support anti-oppression research and work. This guide will serve to virtually highlight selected resources that we have available. It is our hope that this guide will prove helpful for researchers, instructors, and students in the work they are doing inside and outside of the classroom.
This LibGuide is meant to serve to highlight resources available through the library's physical and online collections, as well as freely available resources. Each section contains anti-oppression resources with a special focus on anti-racism.
Navigate to different subjects using the tabs at the top of this page. Each section will contain instructions on how to easily use and access the information.
Below is a brief description of each tab:
General Resources: This page offers resources organized by format: books, articles, journals, videos, and alternative information resources. Topics in this guide cover, racism, sexism, ableism, xenophobia, and anti-lgbtq ideologies and their negative impact on America and education from a general higher education lens.
Methodology and Pedagogy Resources: Journals, books, videos, articles, and resources to support faculty in their exploration of antiracist research methodologies and pedagogical practices with an emphasis on feminist and critical pedagogy.
Library Resources: This page highlights the tendency towards whiteness in academic libraries and lays out resources to help understand ways of combatting racism and oppression in library spaces. Sections include books, articles, other lists of resources, and the AU Libraries Commitment to Ant-Racism and Anti-Oppression.
Humanities and Social Sciences Resources: Books, videos, and databases that explore anti-racism and anti-oppression through a lens of social sciences and humanities.
Business Resources: Books, databases, articles that utilize a lens of business, finances, and economics,
Art and Art History Resources: Books and databases that explore anti-racism and anti-oppression through an art and art history lens.
STEM Resources: Using a lens of STEM, this guide explores a variety of resources for integrating anti-oppression practices across STEM teaching and research.
Alfred University consciously and intentionally recognizes, acknowledges and honors that it sits on the traditional and ancestral lands of the Onöndowa’ga:’ or “Great Hill People.” With a proud and rich history, the Seneca Nation of Indians, also known as the Keeper of the Western Door, are the largest and westernmost of the Six Nations that constitute the Haudenosaunee Confederacy of Nations, a democratic government that pre-dates the United States Constitution.
This territory is covered by The Dish with One Spoon Treaty of Peace and Friendship, a pledge to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. It is also covered by the 1794 Treaty of Canandaigua, between the United States Government and the Six Nations Confederacy, which affirmed the rights and sovereignty of both the United States and the Haudenosaunee.
Today, Alfred NY, Allegany County and New York State at-large are still home to Seneca people who continue to assert their tribal sovereignty. They act as caretakers and stewards of this land while actively maintaining their culture, ceremonies and languages on this territory. By offering this land acknowledgement we reaffirm our commitment to working to hold Alfred University more accountable to the needs of the Seneca and of other First Nations peoples. We acknowledge our gratitude for the opportunity to work for and with First Nations people in this place, as we pay our respects to our Seneca Nation relatives on their lands.