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JEDI books - not what you think

Updated: Jun 14, 2022

Justice, Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion (JEDI)

Madrina Consulting can help your business or nonprofit craft a diversity statement, speak to your team about JEDI, develop a training program, or even start a workplace book club.

These last fifteen months of COVID, racial inequality, racism, and a call for justice have left many wondering what they can do to learn more about JEDI. I honor those that have stood up and voiced their concerns and demands for social justice. Many days, I wished I had gone to join others in the street but had other reasons why I couldn’t, or I was afraid.

Dismantling systemic racism is no easy task and needs all people's involvement. Not everyone can go to demonstrations, but we can all do something. That something starts with intentional learning and reflection. That reflection is not easy for everyone. Sometimes, it helps to start with a book.

My first career was as a librarian, and I love recommending

books. Here are some titles I recommend to start your journey. This list is not exhaustive or in any order rank. You can find more titles on many university library website libguides (list of resources curated by librarians).

  • How To Be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi

  • “All the Real Indians Died Off”: And 20 other myths about Native Americans, by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz.

  • March: Book One, by John Lewis

  • On Being Included: Racism and Diversity in Institutional Life, by Sara Ahmed

  • Backlash: What Happens When We Talk Honestly about Racism in America, by George Yancy

  • Our Time Is Now: Power, Purpose, and the Fight for a Fair America, by Stacey Abrams

  • Diversity in the Workplace: Eye-Opening Interviews to Jumpstart Conversations about Identity, Privilege, and Bias by Bärí A. Williams

  • Pedagogy of the Oppressed, by Paulo Freire

  • Gender: Your Guide, by Lee Airton

  • Better Allies: Everyday Actions to Create Inclusive, Engaging Workplaces, by Karen Catlin

I am reading Caste by Isabel Wilkerson and President Obama’s latest book, A Promised Land.

What’s next on your reading list? Feel free to leave a comment or recommendation here.


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