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Summer 2021 CAP DSJreads

By Youssef Farhat

In alignment with the Common Academic Program's responsiveness to the changing times while remaining informed by the seven institutional learning goals, this DSJreads list offers a series of recommended books revolving around the Diversity ILG learning continuum.

We hope you find interest in some of these books and invite you to examine the issues presented critically.


  • Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do >>
    Jennifer Eberhardt 
  • The Source of Self-Regard >>
    Toni Morrison 
  • Citizen: An American Lyric >>
    Claudia Rankine 
  • Superior: The Return of Race Science >>
    Angela Saini
  • Algorithms of Oppression : How Search Engines Reinforce Racism >>
    Safiya Umoja Noble
  • Braiding Sweetgrass Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants >>
    Robin Wall Kimmerer


  • Complaint!
    Sara Ahmed
  • Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot >>
    Mikki Kendall
  • Sister Outsider >>
    Audre Lorde
  • The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together >>
    Heather Mcghee 
  • The Purpose Gap: Empowering Communities of Color to Find Meaning and Thrive
    Patrick Reyes 
  • Transgender History: the Roots of Today's Revolution >>
    Susan Stryker

Intercultural Competence

  • On Being Included: Racism and Diversity in Institutional Life >>
    Sara Ahmed
  • Homeland Elegies >>
    Ayad Akhtar
  • Salt Houses >>
    Hala Alyan
  • America for Americans: A History of Xenophobia in the United States >>
    Erika Lee 
  • Reading, Writing and Racism Disrupting Whiteness in Teacher Education and the Classroom >>
    Bree Picower 
  • Do Better: Spiritual Activism for Fighting and Healing from White Supremacy 
    Rachel Ricketts

Social Justice/Inequality 

  • Unapologetic: A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements >>
    Charlene Carruthers 
  • An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States >>
    Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
  • The Address Book: What Street Addressees Reveal about Identity, Race, Wealth, and Power >>
    Deirdre Mask 
  • Love and Rage: The Path of Liberation through Anger
    Lama Rod Owens
  • Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership >>
    Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
  • The Nickel Boys >>
    Colson Whitehead

This list was crowdsourced by CAP Diversity and Social Justice faculty, and published in collaboration with University of Dayton Libraries, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Multi-Ethnic Education and Engagement Center, Center for International Programs, and the Diversity ILG Working Group.


Youssef Farhat, CAP Diversity and Social Justice (DSJ) Coordinator, and Lecturer in the Department of Political Science. 


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