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Student reading on Kirby Terrace

This is a place where Student Life staff share book and article resources that are recommended for other colleagues in the Division of Student Life. All staff in student life are invited to share what they're reading or have read. To do so, simply click here to access a Google Form designed to collect the information needed.

Staff in Student Life are required annually to participate in professional development opportunities that support UMD Goal 2 ("Advance equity, diversity, inclusiveness, and social justice within the campus community.") and UMD Student Life Goal Area (Cultural Competence). Books and articles that support professional development in these areas have an asterisk beside the title.

The name of the recommender is also included so that you can reach out to the staff member to learn more about what they read and why they are recommending it. If you choose to read it, too, you could also connect with them afterward to discuss it!


Author and Other Relevant Information

Recommended By

Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning

James M. Lang
San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2016
ISBN 978-1-118-94449-3 

Corbin Smyth
Student Life

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations About Race*

Beverly Daniel Tatum
New York, NY: Hatchett Book Group, 2017, 20th anniversary edition

Emily Borra
Kirby Student Center
The New Jim Crow*

Michelle Alexander
New York, NY: The New Press, 2012

Lauretta Perry
Health Services
White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism*

Robin DiAngelo
Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 2018

Alissa Postal
Disability Resources
Through Dakota Eyes: Narrative Accounts of the Minnesota Indian War of 1862*

Gary Clayton Anderson & Alan R. Woolworth
St. Paul, MN: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1988
ISBN: 0-87351-216-2

Amanda Perrin
Housing and Residence Life
Seeing White: Scene on Radio* (podcast)

John Biewen & PRX from Scene on Radio (2017)

Amanda Perrin
Housing and Residence Life
35 Dumb Things Well-Intended People Say*

Maura Cullen
Garden City, NY: Morgan James Publishing, 2008
ISBN: 978-1-60037-491-3

Amanda Perrin
Housing and Residence Life
Is Everyone Really Equal?: An Introduction to Key Concepts in Social Justice Education (Multicultural Education Series)*

Oslem Sensoy & Robin Di'Angelo
New York: Teacher's College Press, 2017
ISBN - 978-0-8077-5269-2

Amanda Perrin
Housing and Residence Life

Educated: A Memoir*

Tara Westover
New York: Penguin Random House, 2018

Katie Jackson
Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution
Building the New American Economy: Smart, Fair, and Sustainable*

Jeffrey Sachs
New York: Columbia University Press, 2017

Mindy Granley
Born Bright: A Young Girl's Journey from Nothing to Something in America*

C. Nicole Mason
New York: St. Martin's Press, 2016

Mindy Granley
Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most

Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, Sheila Heen
New York: Viking, 1999

Mindy Granley
A Good Time for Truth - Race in Minnesota*

Edited by Sun Yung Shin
Minnesota Historical Society Press 
ISBN 9781681340029

Jeremy Leiferman
Housing and Residence Life
Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving Through Deep Difference*John D. Inazu
University of Chicago Press
Lisa Erwin
Student Life