Learning Resources

Learning About Race

Education is paramount to producing social change.

To that end, we offer these resources about the history and effects of racism. The list, which is by no means exhaustive, includes books, articles, podcasts, and other media.

Talking About Race

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture offers “Talking About Race,” a comprehensive, interactive site. The content is compiled for specific audiences, educators, parents or caregivers, and people committed to equity can find audience-specific content.

Black History Month Resources

  • Video: Stanford historian reflects on a career spent studying civil rights and Martin Luther King Jr

    In this video Stanford historian Clayborne Carson reflects on a career dedicated to studying and preserving the legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. Carson tells his story of growing up during the Civil Rights Movement and looking up to leaders like John Lewis and MLK. In 1985, Coretta Scott King selective Carson to publish the definitive, 14-volume edition of The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr., a comprehensive collection of King’s most significant correspondence, sermons, speeches, published writings and unpublished manuscripts. Today, Carson sees a renewed responsibility among the next generation of activists.

  • PBS Learning Collection – Civil Rights Then and Now

    This collection of videos, documents, and primary sources lends context to the events and leaders that defined the Civil Rights Movement’s first three decades (1954-1985). These resources also capture the issues and activists involved in the struggle today—those making headlines, stirring debate, and trending on social media.

Organization: The Innocence Project

The Innocence Project, founded in 1992 by Peter Neufeld and Barry Scheck at Cardozo School of Law, exonerates the wrongly convicted through DNA testing and reforms the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice. Their mission is to “free the staggering number of innocent people who remain incarcerated, and to bring reform to the system responsible for their unjust imprisonment.” The Innocence Project operates on a national and local level.

  • Video: Black Lives Matter: Campaigning for Racial Justice (From the PBS Learning Collection)

    This video is an excerpt from the PBS Learning Collection: Eyes on the Prize, Then and Now. It discusses the “origins, objectives, and makeup of Black Lives Matter, an activist black youth-led movement that campaigns against police brutality and other forms of racism.”

  • TED Talk: We Need to Talk About an Injustice

    In an engaging and personal talk human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson shares some hard truths about America's justice system, starting with a massive imbalance along racial lines: a third of the country's black male population has been incarcerated at some point in their lives.

  • Series Collection: “Celebrating Black Women and Girls: 50 Years of Black Women’s Studies” Curated by David Green

    This article introduces a series curated by David Green, Director of Diversity and Inclusion at the Sage Colleges. This essay series celebrates black women and girls and more specifically, black women studies. The series features a total of six essays with topics including black mothers, black identity, and more.

  • Podcasts: “20 Must Listen to Black Women Podcasts” by Gayneté Jones

    This article lists 20 different podcasts that celebrate black women. The article explains that “there is anecdotal evidence that more black people–and black women in particular–are turning to podcasting as a way to amplify their voices. With that in mind, here is a round-up of 20 podcasts by black women that are sure to inspire, spark joy, and give you a few giggles.”

  • Report: “Racism, Inequality, and Health Care for African Americans” by Jamila Taylor

    The following report conducted by The Century Foundation discusses the disproportionate impact on people of color and other marginalized groups in healthcare. This report “[examines] the state of health care coverage for African Americans and [sheds] a light on important social factors that uniquely impact their health outcomes.” The Century Foundation is a progressive think tank headquartered in New York City.

  • TEDx Talk: Allegories on Race and Racism

    This TEDx Talk given by Dr. Camara Jones discusses four allegories on race and racism. Additionally, “Dr. Jones is a family physician and epidemiologist whose work focuses on the impacts of racism on the health and well-being of the nation. She seeks to broaden the national health debate to include not only universal access to high quality health care, but also attention to the social determinants of health (including poverty) and the social determinants of equity (including racism).”

Educational Resources

Campus Resources and Support

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  • Jen Conley, Interim Director, Human Resources Development, at

  • Christine Grant, Special Assistant to the President for Diversity and Community Engagement,

  • Jane Horvath, Special Assistant to the President for LGBTQ+ issues,

Additional Resources

Protecting the Right to Vote

On October 15, 2020, the University of Hartford’s Associate Professor of Political Science Bilal Sekou facilitated a panel of advocates and political leaders including democracy reform activist Karen Hobert Flynn, Senator Douglas McCrory, and Rock the Vote's Director of Digital Organizing Michelle Stockwell. They spoke on voting rights and the importance of protecting your right to vote. Read more about voting right on UNotes.

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