Resources for the UIS and the Springfield community to address racial inequality, discrimination, bias, and police brutality.
This resource list has been developed by the UIS Coalition Builders, an affiliate of the National Coalition Building Institute, as well as members of the UIS Diversity Center, UIS Women’s Center, UIS Gender & Sexuality Student Services, and members of the faculty at UIS. We welcome your input. If you have a suggested resource, organization, or academic course to add to this list, please email Kerry Poynter at firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Support local and national organizations that are working for racial justice and change inequality and oppression.
- Springfield Urban League
- Springfield NAACP
- Springfield Immigration Advocacy Network
- Springfield Black Lives Matter
- Springfield Coalition on Dismantling Racism
- Crossroads Anti-Racism Organizing and Training
- Being Black At School – A national nonprofit advocacy organization focused on addressing the complexities of being a Black student in the American education system.
- Springfield Faith Coalition for the Common Good
- UIS Coalition Builders – Join the UIS Coalition Builders team and/or invite a workshop in your classroom, student organization, or sponsor one in your department/college.
2. Educate yourself about issues affecting the Black/African-American community and learn how to become a better ally.
- Teaching Materials: Black Lives Matter at School. 2020 Curriculum Resource Guide
- 75 Things White People Can Do For Racial Justice
- How You Can be An Ally to the Black Lives Movement
- A Timeline of Events That Led Up to the 2020 Fed Up Rising
- After Ferguson, Black Men Still Face the Highest Risk of Being Killed by Police
- COVID-19 in Ethnic and Racial Minority Groups
- Anti-Racism Educational Resources
- Scaffolded Anti-Racist Resources
- Activism & Allyship Guide Prepared by the Black@ Airbnb Employee Resource Group
- National Resources (Attorneys offering legal services, action items for people who cannot donate or protest in person, bail funds, memorial funds, mutual aid projects, and other organizations and organizers who need financial support.)
- Importance and development of Racial-Ethnic-Cultural identity in U.S.: Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum’s Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race – https://www.hpb.com/products/why-are-all-the-black-kids-sitting-together-in-the-cafeteria-and-other-conversations-about-race-9780465060689
- A selection of essays from diverse scholars, including a social psychological perspective of how all people in a racialized culture/society create/maintain race and racism in daily interactions, etc., an essay on racialized mass incarceration among Black Americans, and an essay on implicit racial bias in associations with crime and animality: Doing Race: 21 Essays for the 21st Century – https://wwnorton.com/books/Doing-Race/
- Teach the History of Policing (Zenn Education Project)
3. Take a class at UIS that teaches about the history of White Supremacy and continued systemic racism in the United States. Fall Semester 2020:
- HIS 348: Slavery and Abolition in the Nineteenth Century U.S.
- SOA 231: Introduction to Race and Ethnicity in the U.S.
- HIS 305: Monuments, Museums, and Memory
- Women and Gender in Mexico and the US – SOA/WGS 133 (Hinda Seif)
- ECCE: Introduction to Race & Ethnicity in the U.S. – SOA 231 (Tiffani Saunders)
- ECCE: Women of Color and Minority Women – 14092 – WGS 403; HIS 453; SOA 451; SWK 462; AAS403 (Hinda Seif)
- ECCE: Beyond Bias: Racism, Sexism and Heterosexism – 11753 – SWK 366A
- ECCE: Conflict in the Middle East HIS 375 (Kristi Barnwell) (will include discussions of protest and state violence as well as connections between Black civil rights movement in US and Palestine)
- PSY 410: Advanced Topics In Psychology: Race, Culture and Psychology (Jordan Hyde)
- ENG 438: African American Literature (Sarah Webb)
- BUS 331: Business Ethics & Society (William Kline) (Directly addresses issues of structural racism.)
- AAS 301: African American Studies (Kemayo Kamau)
- AAS 443: Civil Rights Movement of the 20th Century (Kemayo Kamau)
- THE 320: The Plays of August Wilson (Eric Thibodeaux – Thompson)
4. Contribute to funds that provide assistance to those in need.
- A Racial Justice Reading List Benefiting the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund
- Donate to Local Bail Bonds Across the Country
- Philando Castile Relief Foundation
- National Bail Out
- Center for Policing Equity https://policingequity.org/ and https://policingequity.org/donate
Updated June 10, 4:04PM.