Resource Center

Feel free to explore some the resources from the IHR Resource Library. We will update the resources from our library to address our constantly changing conditions.


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Books & Audio Books
  • White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo
    • A book on challenging racism by working against and understanding what the author terms “white fragility”, a reaction in which white people feel attacked or offended when the topic of racism arises. The book discusses many different aspects and manifestations of white fragility that DiAngelo personally encountered in her work as a diversity and inclusion training facilitator.
  • Promoting Racial Literacy in Schools: Differences That Make a Difference by Howard Stevenson
    • Based on extensive research, this provocative volume explores how schools are places where racial conflicts often remain hidden at the expense of a healthy school climate and the well-being of students of color.
  • Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America by Nancy MacLean
    • “This sixty-year campaign to make libertarianism mainstream and eventually take the government itself is at the heart of Democracy in Chains. . . . If you’re worried about what all this means for America’s future, you should be.”—NPR
  • Before the Mayflower by Lerone Bennett, Jr.
    • This classic, “Before the Mayflower” traces black history from its origins in western Africa, through the transatlantic journey that ended in slavery, the Reconstruction period, the Jim Crow era, and the civil rights upheavals of the 1960s and 1970s, culminating in an exploration of the complex realities of African-American life in the 1990s.
  • The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
    • Though the conventional point of view holds that systemic racial discrimination mostly ended with the civil rights movement reforms of the 1960s, Alexander posits that the U.S. criminal justice system uses the War on Drugs as a primary tool for enforcing traditional, as well as new, modes of discrimination and oppression.[2] These new modes of racism have led to not only the highest rate of incarceration in the world, but also a disproportionately large rate of imprisonment for African American men.
Videos & Movies
  • A Class Divided Blue eye/brown eye experiment-Documentary
    • Elliott divided her class by eye color — those with blue eyes and those with brown. On the first day, the blue-eyed children were told they were smarter, nicer, neater, and better than those with brown eyes.
  • Just Mercy Inspiring drama based on a true story
    • A powerful and thought-provoking true story, “Just Mercy” follows young lawyer Bryan Stevenson and his history-making battle for justice. After graduating from Harvard, Bryan had his pick of lucrative jobs. Instead, he heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or who were not afforded proper representation.
  • 13th An examination of the U.S. Prison-System – Full Feature
    • Combining archival footage with testimony from activists and scholars, director Ava DuVernay’s examination of the U.S. prison system looks at how the country’s history of racial inequality drives the high rate of incarceration in America.
  • Roots 2016 recreation of the saga of an American family
    • A historical portrait of American slavery recounting the journey of one family and their will to survive and ultimately carry on their legacy despite hardship.
  • Zero Days by Alex Gibney, Pomfret School alumni.
  • Third Space with Jen Cort
    • Jen’s motto is “Invite the elephant in te room to tea” and talk about diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.
  • Brene with Ibram X. Kendi on How to Be and Antiracist
    • >Professor Ibram X. Kendi, New York Times bestselling author of How to Be an Antiracist and the Director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University.
  • Invisible Women in Sport
    • You can listen to 15 episodes of courageous women of color who are currently pursuing careers in athletics. They are bravely challenging the status quo and are implementing strategies and systems to smooth the path for all women coming behind them.
  • Code Switch
    • NPR’s podcast offers great insight into intersectionality and how experiences of people of color play out in everyday life, especially in workplaces.
  • Teaching While White
    • TWW is committed to offering schools and universities a variety of opportunities for looking at how racial identity development impacts teaching and learning. 
  • The Cycle of Social Failure
    • In 1971 Dr. Robert Carkhuff performed an in-depth analysis of a report provided by the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders also known as the Kerner Commission formed following the riots of the summer of 1967. One outcome the report revealed was that the disorders were not the result of isolated incidents but a Cycle of Social Failure. A cycle that began before the founding of this country. For more the full presentation contact Steve Davis at The Institute for Human Relations, Inc.
    • Download Model: Cycle of Social Failure Model
  • People of Color(PoC) in Predominately White Institutions (PoC)
  • This model provides a framework for what most People of Color (PoC), and most women, in Predominately White Institutions (PWI) experience, and what that experience could be. We begin with four basic assumptions:
    1. We must begin with the fundamental understanding that most Predominantly White Institutions (PWI) were not designed for People of Color (PoC), or for women.
    2. Most PWI leaders and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) leaders work from opposite ends of the same page.
    3. Both, PWI and DEI leaders operate from a general mission, To Develop Enlightened Citizens for the 21st Century.
    4. The goal is for both leaders to create an environment that employs the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary to actualize their common mission, and generate  a mutually beneficial growth experience for ALL of its members.
      To learn more, contact The Institute for Human Relations, Inc.
  • Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)
    • The SPLC is the premier U.S. non-profit organization monitoring the activities of domestic hate groups and other extremists – including the Ku Klux Klan, the neo-Nazi movement, neo-Confederates, racist skinheads, black separatists, antigovernment militias, Christian Identity adherents and others.
    • The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is a civil rights organization in the United States, formed in 1909 as a bi-racial endeavor to advance justice for African Americans by a group including W. E. B. Du Bois, Mary White Ovington, Moorfield Storey and Ida B. Wells.
  • ACLU
    • The American Civil Liberties Union is a nonprofit organization founded in 1920 “to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States”
  • Public Allies
    • Public Allies is an American nonprofit organization that operates an AmeriCorps program and is dedicated to young-adult leadership development. Its mission is to create a just and equitable society and the diverse leadership to sustain it.
  • Community Change
    • Our missionis to build the power and capacity of low-income people, especially low-income people of color, to change the policies and institutions that impact their lives.omm
  • National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME)
    • NAME is a non-profit organization that advances and advocates for equity and social justice through multicultural education.
    • Penn State Training 
      • Learn about coaching and training.



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