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.


Online e-Course

  • Radical acting in faith for white people. Begins June 25th. This four part e-course requires participants to do work between core sessions including recommended small group gatherings and commit to action that results in tangible, positive outcomes for BIPOC people in our communities and systemic change. Brought to you by American Friends Service Committee. (Sumbitted by Doug Bird ’71)

Tips & Tools

  • Racial Equity Tools: This site offers tools, research, 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)


  • Justice in America, Episode 1: Justice for the Rich, Money Bail
    Podcast from The Appeal, featuring Josie Duffy Rice and Clint Smith III. (Submitted by Liz McCormack)
  • Pod Save the People, Organizer and activist DeRay Mckesson '07 explores news, culture, social justice, and politics with fellow activists Brittany Packnett Cunningham and Sam Sinyangw and writer Dr. Clint Smith (Submitted by Michael Reed) 
  • Ear Hustle Illuminates the "daily realities of life inside prison, shared by those living it, and stories from the outside, post-incarceration."(Submitted by Max Freeman)
  • Seeing White (Submitted by Celeste Hynes)
  • White Fragility Mixtape. This playlist is intended to serve as a resource to white people and/or anyone interested in deepening their own anti-racist work. Allow this playlist to help you start now through a selection of music, comedy, podcasts and speeches.(Submitted by Meagan Doyle)
  • Unlocking Us by Brene Brown. Conversations that unlock the deeply human part of who we are, so that we can live, love, parent, and lead with more courage and heart.(Submitted by Alida Snow)
  • Minority Korner. Are you easily confused by terms like cultural appropriation, cisgender, toxic masculinity, twunk, queer, black girl magic, and woke? Or maybe you’re tired of explaining terms like these and you need a community that gets you! Welcome to Minority Korner, where we take an introspective look at the world.(Submitted by Chris Grover)
  • NPR's Code Switch (Submitted by Juliette Dankens '18)

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