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Below resources are organized by format: books, databases to find articles and journals, and videos. Topics in this guide cover, racism, sexism, ableism, xenophobia, and anti-lgbtq ideologies through a lens of STEM. This is not an exhaustive list of resources available at the library, but a starting point.
Algorithms of Oppression by
Publication Date: 2018-02-20
In Algorithms of Oppression, Safiya Umoja Noble challenges the idea that search engines like Google offer an equal playing field for all forms of ideas, identities, and activities. Data discrimination is a real social problem; Noble argues that the combination of private interests in promoting certain sites, along with the monopoly status of a relatively small number of Internet search engines, leads to a biased set of search algorithms that privilege whiteness and discriminate against people of color, specifically women of color. Through an analysis of textual and media searches as well as extensive research on paid online advertising, Noble exposes a culture of racism and sexism in the way discoverability is created online. As search engines and their related companies grow in importance--operating as a source for email, a major vehicle for primary and secondary school learning, and beyond--understanding and reversing these disquieting trends and discriminatory practices is of utmost importance. An original, surprising and, at times, disturbing account of bias on the internet, Algorithms of Oppression contributes to our understanding of how racism is created, maintained, and disseminated in the 21st century.
Engineering and Social Justice by
Publication Date: 2012-01-15
This book is aimed at engineering academics worldwide, who are attempting to bring social justice into their work and practice, or who would like to but don't know where to start.
Radical Equations by
Publication Date: 2002-02-01
At a time when popular solutions to the educational plight of poor children of color are imposed from the outside-national standards, high-stakes tests, charismatic individual saviors-the acclaimed Algebra Project and its founder, Robert Moses, offer a vision of school reform based in the power of communities.
Sisters in Science by
Publication Date: 2006-12-01
Author Diann Jordan took a journey to find out what inspired and daunted black women in their desire to become scientists in America. Letting 18 prominent black women scientists talk for themselves, Sisters in Science becomes an oral history stretching across decades and disciplines and desires.
Weapons of Math Destruction by
Publication Date: 2016-09-06
We live in the age of the algorithm. Increasingly, the decisions that affect our lives--where we go to school, whether we get a car loan, how much we pay for health insurance--are being made not by humans, but by mathematical models. In theory, this should lead to greater fairness: Everyone is judged according to the same rules, and bias is eliminated. But as Cathy O'Neil reveals in this urgent and necessary book, the opposite is true. The models being used today are opaque, unregulated, and uncontestable, even when they're wrong. Most troubling, they reinforce discrimination.
Diversify STEM Conferences
DSC Mission: "In order to work towards the larger goal of ending disparities in STEM, Diversify STEM Conferences (DSC) aims to ensure that URM speakers are proportionately represented at STEM conferences by: (1) providing the necessary resources for conference organizers to create more diverse and inclusive events, (2) tracking the representation of URM speakers at STEM conferences."
Association for Women in Science Research Center
The AWS seeks advancement of equity in STEM specifically focused on advancing equity for women. This research center provides resources and reports to help inform best practices.
National Society of Black Engineers
NSBE Mission: "To increase the number of culturally responsible Black Engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community."
Responses to 10 Common Criticisms of Anti-racism Action in STEM
While observing and participating in recent discussions about the racism that pervadesinstitutions, departments, and scientific discourse, we (the coauthors) observed a set ofstandard argumentslevied against anti-racism action within STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). This document began as a repository forscholarly literature surrounding the experiences of BIPOC (defined below) in STEM, but has evolved into a more formalized, evidence-based reference and website. The goal of this document isto facilitate more productive conversations(and in turn, tangible systemic changes) toward addressing racial discrimination within STEM.
Anti-Racist Science: Fighting Peer-Reviewed Racism
An organization of scientists combatting racism in peer-reviewed journals. Their page offers a portal to report articles that propagate racist misinformation in the sciences.
Abolition Science Vision: "Abolition Science is an abolitionist project that envisions a science and math delinked from racial capitalism, imperialism, and oppression - a science and math that serves all people."
A podcast with Dr. Aris Winger and Dr. Pamela E. Harris from the Center for Minorities in the Mathematical Sciences.