Readings and Resources

Readings and Resources

Longer documents and collections with information on inclusion, open inquiry, and policy from CSU and around the nation.


Events and Groups

CSU’s groups and events focused on equity and inclusion

  • Office for Inclusive Excellence - Administrative unit focused on providing leadership, accountability, and education to advance an inclusive university culture with resources including training ,data, events, and programs
  • Diversity Events - A regularly updated listing of diversity-focused events across campus.
  • Symposium for Inclusive Excellence - CSU’s week-long conference featuring over 50 one-hour sessions relating to diversity and inclusion, cutting-edge research presentations,  a variety of keynote speakers, and a strand focused specifically on educators (formerly Diversity Symposium).
  • Open Door Pedagogy Network - A new group of CLA instructors who are available to informal conversation around teaching, equity, and academic freedom.
Members of the CSU Administration host fireside chat during CSU Diversity Symposium

Self and Community

Resources to address educating yourself and working with your community

  • Inclusive Online Meetings – Suggested practices to center equity in online meetings from CSU’s Office of Inclusive Excellence.
  • Continuing Education Resources - Curated articles, resources, and news stories from CSU’s Office of Inclusive Excellence to assist you in your quest to learn more about topics related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Racial Equity Tools - A collection of tools for organizations including techniques for working on racial equity outside the classroom such as through community involvement, program evaluation, and information/data collection..
  • How to Be an Anti-Racist in Denver – Collection from 2020 of readings, businesses, and organizations to support and join in the Denver area from 303 Magazine
Students gather in a circle during a dance class

Classroom Best Practices

Rich and extensive collections of readings, guides, and worksheets

  • Inclusive Pedagogy – Collection at CSU’s TILT (The Institute for Learning and Teaching) of discussion, tips, and further reading to support a student-centered approach to teaching that nurtures a community within the classroom, values the unique contributions of all students, and takes into consideration their backgrounds, experiences, and learning needs.
  • Equity Toolkit - Collection of classroom exercises, guides, and reports from the Colorado Department of Higher Education with concrete strategies and techniques to help educators become more inclusive practitioners. Draws from evidence-based best practices in three areas: Self-Inquiry, Course Design, and Creating Community.
  • Equity Resources for Large Courses - A collections of activities, assignments, guides, and more for equitable teaching in large classrooms.

Course Design

Selected tools for designing an equitable, accessible course and syllabus

  • Teaching Resources for All Delivery Modes - Links to resources for course design and classroom climate for online and residential classrooms from The Institute for Learning and Teaching (TILT) at CSU.
  • Understanding by Design - A practical guide based on empirical research for designing the learning experience in courses using “backward design.”
  • Accessible Syllabus - Suggestions for the images, text, rhetoric, and policies on your syllabus that are accessible to all students, especially to those with disabilities.
  • Thoughtful Syllabus Design – A short guide on developing a learner-centered syllabus, including discussion of the impact of syllabus language style on learning environments.
  • Syllabus Rubric - A rubric and user guide to help quantitatively and qualitatively assess how well your syllabus achieves a learning-centered orientation.

Classroom Environment

Strategies and best practices for creating an inclusive and supportive classroom

Addressing Populations

Inclusive teaching guides that detail best practices for specific populations

Pride flag with CSU Ram head

Reading Lists

Lists of recommended books and articles to learn more about equity in education

  • The Research Basis for Equity-Focused Teaching - Brief analysis and extensive list of academic research on the impact of equity-focused teaching strategies.
  • Scaffolded Anti-Racist Resources - Public Google document that organizes readings, videos, podcasts, social media accounts to follow, and more by stage of learner identity development.
  • Education Equity Readings - A list of recommended texts (books, academic articles) on equity in higher education from the Equity Toolkit by the Colorado Dept. of Higher Education.
  • University of Denver Anti-racist Library Guide - Organized list of library resources for anti-racist learning and practice specific to anti-Black racism.
  • Multiculturalism Matters - A guide (PDF) for media-makers about integrating diverse perspectives into their work, including summaries of and links to terminology glossaries for different identities. Created by CSU’s Dept. of Journalism & Media Communication.
Podcasting mic


Discussions, interviews, and reporting on and by diverse authors

  • The 1619 Project - Podcast that is part of a New York Times initiative that aims to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the center of our national narrative.
  • Seeing White - Fourteen-part documentary series on the history, meaning, and implications of whiteness.
  • Code Switch - Multi-racial, multi-generational team of journalists fascinated by the overlapping themes of race, ethnicity and culture, how they play out in our lives and communities, and how all of this is shifting.
  • Yo, Is This Racist? - Hosts respond to listener voicemails with analysis and humor.
  • Intersectionality Matters - Interviews and stories about race and intersecting identities from the African American Policy Forum and scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw.
  • One from the Vaults - Researched interviews show how the history of trans people is threaded throughout the history of the world.
  • Disability Matters - Shares perspectives from business leaders, government officials and disability advocates on how to move the needle on disability employment.
  • Breaking Dishes - Discussion-based episodes about disabilities, race, gender, and more.
  • The History Chicks - Light and entertaining introduction to some of the fascinating women in history.
  • Women at Work - Conversations about the workplace and women’s place in it.

Developing Policy and Programs

Resources for equity efforts in institutions and departments