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What We're Reading: September Equity & Social Justice Edition

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Headshot of the blog authors, Alice Y. Hom and Daniel LauBy Alice Y. Hom and Daniel Lau, Northern California Grantmakers

September finds us heading into fall and the back-to-school season. We strive to practice a beginner’s mindset in our equity and social justice work, applying an attitude of openness, eagerness, and lack of preconceptions. In that spirit, we’ve chosen a story that takes a nuanced look at an individual’s journey to college and articles that teach us new lessons in history, language, race, and gender.


1. “I wish they were more curious about why my brother wound up in prison instead.”

The Bleak Truth Behind My ‘Inspiring’ Path From Oakland to Yale | by Akintunde Ahman, The Atlantic

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2. “Cookies can make anything more palatable. Including conversations about race and social justice.”

Cookie Artist Teaches Edible Lessons in Asian-American History | by Caroline Choe | NPR

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3. “White progressives are also the group most responsible for the social exhaustion that people of color experience on a daily basis.”

What’s Missing From “White Fragility” | by Lauren Michele Jackson, Slate

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4. “Mindfulness gives us the chance to rewrite the narrative. Mindfulness is also a superpower.”

Encouraging Meaningful Conversations about Race and Trauma | by Victoria Dawson, Mindful

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5. “Fast forward to 2019, and Hispanic Heritage Month seems to have lost its sheen.”

Does Hispanic Heritage Month Need a Rebrand? | by Isabelia Herrera, The New York Times

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6. Bonus Listen: “Letter-for-letter, no part of speech gets people more worked up than pronouns do.”

Even A Grammar Geezer Like Me Can Get Used To Gender Neutral Pronouns | by Geoff Nunberg, NPR

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