Reading list

The following resources were chosen by members of the Planning Team and by our facilitators. Do you have any to add? Please leave your suggestions in the comments!

Most fall into the following four categories:

  • Oppression (O)
  • White privilege (WP)
  • Intersectionality (I)
  • Institutional Legacies (IL) [Described by Kinsley and Wittman as the larger, historical network of relationships with community groups, funders, collectors, and others that must be reckoned with in order to better understand present-day challenges.]


Crenshaw, Kimberle. Why Intersectionality Can’t Wait. (I)

Jones, Kenneth and Tema Okun. (2001). “White Supremacy Culture” (WP)
from Dismantling Racism: A Workbook for Social Change Groups, ChangeWork

McIntosh, Peggy. White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack. (WP)

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Art Museum Staff Demographic Survey. (IL)

trivedi, nikhil. Oppression: A Museum Primer. (O)

Welch, John S. “The American Museum as ‘Active Instrument for Social Change.’” (IL) The International Review of African American Art, Vol. 21, No. 4, 2007. (Available as a PDF)



Rankine, Claudia. (2014). Citizen: An American Lyric. US: Greywolf Press.

Coates, Ta-Nehisi. (2015). Between the World and Me. New York: Random House.

Racial Equity Tools

White privilege

Adler-Bell, Sam. (2015). Why White People Freak Out When They’re Called Out About Race.

Biss, Eula. “White Debt: Reckoning with what is owed—and what can never be repaid—for racial privilege.”

Curriculum for White Americans to Educate Themselves on Race and Racism.

Diangelo, Robin. (2015). Eleven Ways White America Avoids Taking Responsibility for Racism.

Kristof, Nicholas. (2014). When Whites Just Don’t Get It.

Metta, John. (2015). I, Racist.

Mitchell, Robert. “Yale professor examines unconscious biases by whites.” Harvard Gazette, Dec. 7, 2015.

Moore, Porchia.  Incluseum blog.  The Danger of the D Word.


Dover, Tessa L., Cheryl R. Kaiser, and Brenda Major. “Diversity Policies Don’t Help Women or Minorities, and They Make White Men Feel Threatened.” Harvard Business Review, Jan. 4, 2016. (*Available with subscription)

McAfee, Melonyce. “‘Identity’ is the 2015 word of the year.” CNN, Dec. 8, 2015.

Institutional Legacies

Adams, Marianna, & Judy Koke. (2014). Stuck is where you need to pay attention: Some barriers to creating truly inclusive art museums. In J.B. Acuff & L. Evans, Eds. Multiculturalism in art museums today. London: Rowman and Littlefield. (*Available as a PDF)

Association of Art Museum Directors, “United Negro College Fund and Association of Art Museum Directors Launch Second Phase of Pilot Program to Foster Diversity in the Next Generation of Museum Professionals.” Press release, Nov. 17, 2015.

Brown, Aleia. (2015) The Confederate Flag Doesn’t Belong in a Museum

Interview with Darren Walker & Agnes Gund on diversity in museums.

Ivy, Nicole. “The Labor of Diversity,” Museum,”  January 2016, 36-39.

Jennings, Gretchen. “The #museumsrespondtoFerguson Initiative, a Necessary Conversation,Museums & Social Issues, Vol. 10 No. 2, October, 2015, 97-105

Kinsley, Rose Paquet and Aletheia Wittman. “Bringing Self-Examination to the Center of Social Justice Work in Museums,” Museum, January 2016, 40-45.

Jennings, Gretchen. “The #museumsrespondtoFerguson Initiative, a Necessary Conversation,”

Museums & Social Issues, Vol. 10 No. 2, October, 2015, 97–105. (*Available as a PDF)

Kinsley, Rose Paquet and Aletheia Wittman. “Bringing Self-Examination to the Center of Social Justice Work in Museums,” Museum, January 2016, 40-45.

Le, Vu. (2015). Waiting for unicorns: The supply and demand of diversity and inclusion.

Sandell, Richard, and Eithne Nightingale, Eds. (2013). Museums, Equality and Social Justice, 21 essays by academics and practitioners. With a foreword by Mark O’Neill and Lois Silverman.

Steinhauer, Jillian. “New Fellowship Aims to Diversify Museum Curatorial Ranks,” Hyperallergic, Jan. 13, 2014.

Wittman, Aletheia. “Diversity and Inclusion in the 21st Century Workshop Reflection.” Incluseum post, Oct. 9, 2015.

Youngs, Renae, Christopher Leitch, & Michael Lesperance. “Setting the Standard for LGBTQ Inclusion,” Museum, January 2016, 33-34.

Museum social media that regularly address issues of race, equity, social justice A book, web toolbox, and international network of artist-activist trainers. Includes implicit bias tests for Blacks, Native Americans, Asian Americans, Arab-Muslims as well as other demographics.



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