Below you will find a collection of resources created by the members of HSC’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee designed to help you navigate discussion and promote the well-being of historically marginalized communities. This guide is not exhaustive, but does provide suggestions for books, films, documentaries, local food, mobile applications, and more.
If you have any suggestions for this collection, feel free to contact us.
Books and Teaching Tools
- Racism without Racists – Eduardo Bonilla-Silva
- Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria – Beverly Daniel Tatum
- Life of Pi – Yann Martel
- I Have the Right To: A High School Survivor’s Story of Sexual Assault, Justice, and Hope – Chessy Prout
- This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America – Morgan Jerkins
- Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body – Roxane Gay
- The Vagina Monologues – Eve Ensler, Gloria Steinem
- The Color Purple – Alice Walker
- Waking Up White – Debby Irving
- Bone Black – bell hooks
- House on Mango Street – Sandra Cisneros (memoir)
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian – Sherman Alexie
- An Indigenous People’s History of the United States – Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness– Michelle Alexander
- Activities packet focusing on disability awareness
Films and Documentaries*
*The following are divided into categories by their general topic of exploration for ease of access. However, our placement of each film does not restrict it to one topic, or category.
Food Insecurity/Food Justice
- Cowspiracy – The Sustainability Secret – Learn how factory farming is decimating the planet’s natural resources — and why this crisis has been largely ignored by major environmental groups.
- A Place at The Table– Explains what food insecurity is, how it affects Americans, and how it contributes to obesity.
- Poverty, Inc.– Explains how many charities work as businesses and stifle the economies of the places they are claiming to help, ultimately leading to worsening poverty and slow development.
- Requiem for the American Dream– Talks about the structural economic institutions that contribute to the stratification of the classes in America.
- Rubbertown – Directed by UofL’s own Remington Smith, it centers on a resident of Louisville, KY who tries to move her entire house to another county after suffering through years of regular leaks, spills, and occasional explosions at nearby manufacturing facilities.
- Crossing Arizona – highlights the immigration debate from all sides and looks closely at the people affected by immigration legislation
- Dolores – a documentary about the life of activist Dolores Huerta, who co-founded the National Farmworkers Association with Cesar Chavez
- Take Your Pills (Netflix Original) – In a hypercompetitive world, drugs like Adderall offer students, athletes, coders, and others a way to do more — faster and better. But at what cost?
- What the Health – This film examines the link between diet and disease, and the billions of dollars at stake in the healthcare, pharmaceutical and food industries
- Prescription Thugs– Discusses how people often get addicted to drugs after it has been prescribed to them and how this contributes to the current opioid epidemic.
- Heroin(e) – This Oscar-nominated films follows three women — a fire chief, a judge and a street missionary — battling West Virginia’s devastating opioid epidemic
Middle East, Refugee
- The White Helmets – As daily airstrikes pound civilian targets in Syria, a group of indomitable first responders risk their lives to rescue victims from the rubble.
- Oriented – A documentary about the lives of three gay Palestinian men living in Tel Aviv, Israel. [The director] “initially sought to explore the confused space occupied by gay Arab-Israelis, to learn how young, progressive Palestinians orient themselves within their society.”
- Miss Representation – Explore how the mainstream media’s often disparaging portrayals of women contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of leadership.
- The Red Pill – When a feminist filmmaker sets out to document the mysterious and polarizing world of the Men’s Rights Movement, she begins to question her own beliefs.
- 11/8/16 – This documentary follows a group of Americans, of various political persuasions, as they live through the experience of Election Day 2016.
Race and Ethnicity
- 13th – In this thought-provoking documentary, scholars, activists and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom.
- Whose Streets? – Told by activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice, Whose Streets? is an unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising and a powerful battle cry from a generation fighting, not for their civil rights, but for the right to live.
- He Named Me Malala – An intimate portrait of Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai’s life, story, and personal journey as a leading campaigner for girls’ education around the globe.
- Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric – Katie Couric explores our evolving understanding of gender identity, speaking with transgender and intersex individuals about their experiences
- How Gay is Pakistan? – This documentary explores the lives of gay people and the challenges they face in Pakistan, a country whose laws explicitly outlaw homosexuality.
- 100 Men – A documentarian looks back on his 100 sexual partners — and reconnects with many — while musing about society’s evolution on gay rights.
- Paris is Burning – a cult-classic documentary about the New York house/ball drag scene in the 1980s.
- Kiki – a fresh, contemporary look at the ballroom scene in New York City.
- Ma Vie en Rose – a young Belgian child decides she is not a boy but a girl; the film follows the reactions of those around her in a fun, campy, and emotional exploration of family and gender roles.
Local Louisville Food
- The Black Italian
- Cocoberry Pops
- Havana Rumba
- The Joy Luck
- Louisville Cream
- Maira’s Mediterranean Grill
- Panchitos Popsicles
- Queen of Sheba
- Vietnam Kitchen
- Slack – team’s messages, files, and services all in one app
- Countable – contact your state representatives and keep updated on bills
- Plan – By bringing together everything in your work life, Plan lets you focus on executing projects (not people).
Tools for Inclusive Event Planning at UofL
- Rauch Interpreting
- LASLA (Louisville American Sign Language Association)
- Religious Holidays to Keep in Mind
- A list of diverse organizations that one could hold an event revolving around a specific organization