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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Online Resources

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion department has created this page for employees and students to access online resources. Read articles and view videos related to DE&I initiatives and issues on campus and in the larger community. Contact Melissa L. Roy, Chief Diversity Officer, at mroy@sunyrockland.edu with any questions.

SUNY's Response to the Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping

Teaching Inclusively & Equitably


The following is a set of links containing resources on inclusive pedagogy including books, articles, toolkits and best practices which will be helpful for faculty in creating an inclusive environment when students return to campuses either virtually or in-person fall 2020. Please note the resources below were chosen specifically with the current pandemic situation in mind.

TED Talks Regarding Diversity, Equity & Inclusion


TED Talk: The difference between being "not racist" and antiracist

From TED: There is no such thing as being "not racist," says author and historian Ibram X. Kendi. In this vital conversation, he defines the transformative concept of antiracism to help us more clearly recognize, take responsibility for and reject prejudices in our public policies, workplaces and personal beliefs. Learn how you can actively use this awareness to uproot injustice and inequality in the world -- and replace it with love. (This virtual interview, hosted by TED's current affairs curator Whitney Pennington Rodgers and speaker development curator Cloe Shasha, was recorded June 9, 2020.)


TED Talk: The path to ending systemic racism in the US

From TED: In a time of mourning and anger over the ongoing violence inflicted on Black communities by police in the US and the lack of accountability from national leadership, what is the path forward? Sharing urgent insights into this historic moment, Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff, Rashad Robinson, Dr. Bernice King and Anthony D. Romero discuss dismantling the systems of oppression and racism responsible for tragedies like the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and far too many others -- and explore how the US can start to live up to its ideals. (This discussion, hosted by head of TED Chris Anderson and current affairs curator Whitney Pennington Rodgers, was recorded on June 3, 2020.)


TED Talk: How to deconstruct racism, one headline at a time:

From TED: Baratunde Thurston explores the phenomenon of white Americans calling the police on black Americans who have committed the crimes of ... eating, walking or generally "living while black." In this profound, thought-provoking and often hilarious talk, he reveals the power of language to change stories of trauma into stories of healing—while challenging us all to level up.


TED Talk: 3 ways to be a better ally in the workplace

From TED: We're taught to believe that hard work and dedication will lead to success, but that's not always the case. Gender, race, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation are among the many factors that affect our chances, says writer and advocate Melinda Epler, and it's up to each of us to be allies for those who face discrimination. In this actionable talk, Epler shares three ways to support people who are underrepresented in the workplace. "There's no magic wand for correcting diversity and inclusion," she says. "Change happens one person at a time, one act at a time, one word at a time."


TED Talk: Color blind or color brave?

From TED: The subject of race can be very touchy. As finance executive Mellody Hobson says, it's a "conversational third rail." But, she says, that's exactly why we need to start talking about it. In this engaging, persuasive talk, Hobson makes the case that speaking openly about race — and particularly about diversity in hiring — makes for better businesses and a better society.

Additional Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Resources