Although all graduate students should take steps to build competency in equity and inclusion, some students may want to go further and develop greater expertise in these topics. You may want to develop expertise on general equity and inclusion topics, or on specific topics like pedagogy, anti-racism, ageism, and so-on. Developing this expertise can include doing in-depth reading, taking courses, engaging in workshops, engaging in hands-on learning, or even conducting research. Developing such expertise can be valuable in a variety of careers, as you will be well prepared to act as a leader and subject matter expert on such topics.

For further reading, consider looking through the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Reading List compiled by the University of Missouri. The reading list includes graphic novels and poetry, and covers a breadth of topics, such as ableism, nativism, and sectarianism. Just a few of the books commonly recommended across diversity, equity, and inclusion reading lists include The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander, White Fragility by Robin J. DiAngelo, and Caste by Isabel Wilkerson, all of which are easily available online through the Library. If you prefer mixed-media learning, you can explore lists of documentaries and podcasts developed by Brandeis University and UC Berkeley. If your focus is on building expertise in anti-racism, check out the Division of Equity and Inclusion’s Anti-Racism Resources.

Coursework and connecting with faculty can also be a valuable avenue for developing expertise. Explore what equity and inclusion related courses your department and other adjacent departments offer. For example, consider reviewing the graduate student course list offered by the Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership at the Haas School of Business (some Haas courses may require special permission to take as a non-Haas student).