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Arimah, Lesley Nneka. What it Means When a Man Falls from the Sky: Stories. New York: Riverhead Books, 2018.
This debut collection explores the ties that bind parents and children, husbands and wives, lovers and friends; to one another and to the places they call home.

Banks, J., (Ed.)(1995). Handbook of research on multicultural education. New York, New York: Macmillan Publishing.
This comprehensive and enlightening volume embraces major research and scholarship in multicultural education: tracing historical themes, crossing disciplinary boundaries, joining theory and practice, and provoking a new public discourse about navigating the twin goals of excellence and equity in education.

Cohn, E., & Mullenix, J. (2007). Diversity as an integral component of college curriculum. In J. Branche, J. Mullennix, & E. Cohn (Eds.), Diversity across the curriculum: A guide for faculty in higher education (pp. 11-17). Bolton, Massachusetts: Anker.
Institutions of higher education are increasingly focusing attention on academic initiatives that cut across disciplines, majors, and courses. In this chapter, the authors make a case for diversity as a key initiative and explore the ways diversity-rich courses can be developed.

Conley, Garrard. Boy Erased: A Memoir. New York: Riverhead Books, 2016.
This memoir by Garrard Conley recounts his childhood in a fundamentalist Arkansas family that enrolled him in conversion therapy. By confronting his buried past and the burden of a life lived in shadow, Garrard traces the complex relationships among family, faith, and community.Cuyjet, M.J., Linder, C., Howard-Hamilton, M.F., & Cooper, D.L. (Eds). (2016. Multiculturalism on campus: Theory, models, and practices for understanding diversity and creating inclusion. Sterling, Virginia: Stylus.

Cuyjet, M.J., Linder, C., Howard-Hamilton, M.F., & Cooper, D.L. (Eds). (2016. Multiculturalism on campus: Theory, models, and practices for understanding diversity and creating inclusion. Sterling, Virginia: Stylus.
A comprehensive resource for engaging with multiculturalism and diverse populations in higher education. This text discusses the related theories, assessment methods, environmental issues, and application issues pertinent to the study and practice of multiculturalism. It offers approaches to enhancing multicultural programming and culturally diverse campus environments.

Goodman, D.J. (2011). Promoting diversity & social justice: Educating people from privileged groups (2nd edition). New York, NY: Routledge.
This text provides useful theories, perspectives, and strategies for working with adults from privileged groups. The theories and approaches discussed can be applied to a range of situations and audiences, offering tools that allow educators to be more reflective and intentional in their work as they consider who they’re working with, what they’re doing, and how to educate more effectively.

Hagen, Sofie. Happy Fat: Taking up Space in a World that Wants to Shrink You. London, England, Harper Collins, 2019.
Comedian Sofie Hagen shares how she removed fatphobic influences from her daily life and found self-acceptance in a world where judgement and discrimination are rife. From shame and sex to airplane seats, love, and getting stuck in public toilets, Sofie provides practical tips for readers while drawing wisdom from other Fat Liberation champions along the way.

J. Branche, J. Mullennix, & E. Cohn (Eds.) (2007). Diversity across the curriculum: A guide for faculty in higher education. Bolton, Massachusetts: Anker Publishing.
In this collection of more than 50 vignettes, exceptional teachers from a wide range of academic disciplines empower even the busiest faculty members to create culturally inclusive courses and actively incorporate diversity into their teaching. Written for teaching faculty in all disciplines of higher education, this book offers practical guidance on culturally inclusive course design, syllabus construction, textbook selection, and assessment strategies.

Jaswal, Balli Kaur. Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows:A Novel. New York: William Morrow, 2018.
When her father’s death leaves the family financially strapped, Nikki, a law school dropout, impulsively takes a job teaching a creative writing course at the community center in the beating heart of London’s close-knit Punjabi community. When one of the widows finds a book of sexy stories and shares it with the class, Nikki realizes that beneath their white dupattas, her students have a wealth of fantasies and memories. But when the widows’ gossip offers shocking insights into the death of a young wife and some of the class erotica is shared among friends, it sparks a scandal that threatens them all.

Johnson, Matt. Loving Day: A Novel. New York: Spiegel & Grau, 2016.
Warren Duffy has returned to America after his father has died, bequeathing to Warren his last possession- a roofless, half-renovated mansion in the heart of black Philadelphia. Reunited with his daughter, who has been raised to think she’s white, Warren sets off to remake his life with a reluctant daughter he’s never known, in a haunted house with a history he knows too well.

Marchesani, L. S., & Adams, M. (1992). Dynamics of diversity in the teaching-learning process: A faculty development model for analysis and action. In M. Adams (Ed.), Promoting diversity in college classrooms (Vol. 52).
This chapter brings together dimensions of teaching and learning with particular relevance to social and cultural diversity in college classrooms for students, instructors, course content, and teaching methods.

Pope, R.L., Reynolds, A.L., & Mueller, J.A. (2019). Multicultural competence in student Affairs: Advancing social justice and inclusion (2nd edition). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
This book offers a fresh approach and new strategies for student affairs professionals to enhance their practice. Useful guidelines and revised core competencies provide a framework for everyday challenges, while case studies allow readers to consider and apply essential awareness, knowledge, skills, and actions to common student affairs situations.

Quaye, S.J. & Harper, S.R. (Eds). (2015). Student engagement in higher education: Theoretical perspectives and practical approaches for diverse populations. New York, NY: Routledge.
Diverse populations of students experience college differently and encounter group-specific barriers to success. Informed by relevant theories and research, each chapter of this text focuses on a different population for whom engagement and connectivity to the college experience are problematic. Faculty and administrators will undoubtedly find fresh strategies to reverse problematic engagement trends among various college student populations.

Sexton, Margaret Wilkerson. A Kind of Freedom: A Novel. Berkeley, CA: Counterpoint, 2018.
This novel explores the legacy of racial disparity in the South through a poignant and redemptive family history across three generations of Creole folks in New Orleans. For Evelyn, Jim Crow is an ongoing reality, and in its wake new threats spring up to haunt her daughter and grandson.

Simsion, Graeme. The Rosie Project: A Novel. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2013.
This novel centers on genetics professor Don Tillman, who is struggling to find a serious relationship. With a friend’s help, he devises a questionnaire to assess the suitability of female partners. His plans are set off course when he meets Rosie, who does not fit many of Tillman’s criteria, but becomes a big part of his life.

Solomon, Rivers. An Unkindness of Ghosts. Brooklyn, NY: Akashic Books, 2017.
On board the generation ship Matilda, the passengers have formed a society stratified along racial lines where those with dark skin are relegated to lower-deck lives of servitude and harsh behavioral restrictions. Aster Gray is a lower-decks healer who must discover the hidden connection between her mother’s suicide decades ago and the mysterious death of the ship’s Sovereign.

Stevenson, Bryan. Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. New York: Spiegel & Grau, 2015.
Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need. This memoir is an unforgettable account of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice.

Stewart, A. J., & Valian, V. (2018). An inclusive academy: Achieving diversity and excellence. Boston: Mit Press.
Most colleges and universities embrace the ideals of diversity and inclusion, but many fall short, especially in the hiring, retention, and advancement of faculty who would more fully represent our diverse world. In this book, the authors provide practical advice for overcoming obstacles to inclusion, and offer recommendations for changing structures and practices so that people become successful in ways that benefit everyone.

Takei, George. They Called Us Enemy. Marietta, GA: Top Shelf Productions, 2019.
A stunning graphic novel memoir recounting actor/author/activist George Takei’s childhood imprisoned within American concentration camps during World War II. Experience the forces that shaped an American icon, and America itself, in this gripping tale of courage, country, loyalty, and love.

Tobia, Jacob. Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2019.
Following Jacob through bullying and beauty contests, from Duke University to the United Nations to the podiums of the Methodist church–not to mention the parlors of the White House–this unforgettable memoir contains multitudes. A deeply personal story of trauma and healing, a powerful reflection on gender and self-acceptance, and a hilarious guidebook for wearing tacky clip-on earrings in today’s world, Sissy guarantees you’ll never think about gender–both other people’s and your own–the same way again.