Understanding Structural Racism and Its Effects
A Crowdsourced Collection of Resources Submitted by Students, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni.

Readings and Articles

Many of the books mentioned in these posts are available as ebooks in CBBcat, and the Library is actively ordering additional recommended books as they are posted. Please feel free to Suggest A Purchase.

Law Review Articles


Online e-Course

Tips & Tools

  • Racial Equity Tools: This site offers tools, research, a glossary of terms, tips, curricula and ideas for people who want to increase their own understanding and to help those working toward justice at every level – in systems, organizations, communities and the culture at large. (Submitted by Scout Gregerson '18)
  • The Stanford Open Policing Project. On a typical day in the United States, police officers make more than 50,000 traffic stops. Our team is gathering, analyzing, and releasing records from millions of traffic stops by law enforcement agencies across the country. Our goal is to help researchers, journalists, and policymakers investigate and improve interactions between police and the public. (Submitted by David Masengesho)
  • Campaign Zero, co-founded by DeRay McKesson ‘07, tracks police violence across the US. (Submitted by Joseph Adu '07)
  • Dereca Blackmon's Linkedin Learning class (Submitted by Alexa Fitzpatrick '94)
  • Being AntiracistBiasRace and Racial Identity; Social Identities and Systems of Oppression; Whiteness . A glossary of terms from the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture. (Submitted by Benje Douglas)


Video & Film


Bowdoin College Museum of Art has  posted as its “object of the week” a work from Titus Kaphar’s Jerome Project, a triple portrait of Trayvon Martin (died February 26, 2012), Michael Brown (died August 9, 2014), and Tamir Rice (died November 22, 2014). The work is a part of the BCMA's permanent collection. (Submitted by Anne and Frank Goodyear)


  • “Songs of Race & Me” offers 20 songs that have, at unexpected times, opened my eyes and informed my attitudes and outlook about race. This post includes a link to the Spotify playlist I have created, open to anyone with a Spotify account.(Submitted by Malcolm Gauld ‘76)

Take Action

  • Follow this link for donations, petitions, emails, and resources. (Compiled by Maddie Hikida '21 and Olivia Bronzo-Munich. Submitted by Eskedar Girmash '20)
  • Multilingual Mainers Program (Submitted by Margaret Boyle)
  • Volunteer opportunities at the intersection of community allyship, education, and antiracist activism: ScholarMatch - virtual mentoring for low-income, BIPOC and first-generation students navigating the college application process.
    iMentor - virtually and in-person mentoring, over a longer period of time
    Big Brothers Big Sisters (Submitted by Nani Durnan '13)

Important for Those Protesting