National Resources

American Association of Colleges and Universities - AAC&U

AAC&U has provided national leadership on the issue of diversity in higher education since 1971. AAC&U's current work in this area focuses primarily on deploying diversity as an educational asset for all students, and preparing future graduates for socially responsible engagement in a diverse democracy and interdependent world. Both are key elements of a quality liberal education. AAC&U has created a community of institutions committed to making diversity an integral part of educational excellence and civic engagement.

American Association of University Women - AAUW

Since 1881, AAUW has been the nation's leading voice promoting education and equity for women and girls. With approximately 100,000 members, 1,000 branches and 500 college and university institution partners nationwide, AAUW advocates education and equity.Since its founding in 1881, members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political. AAUW - Advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, and research.

Campus Climate for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered People (PDF, 1.3 MB)

Campus Climate for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered People: A National Perspective. A report from the Policy Institute of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. April 2003.

Diversity Essay Series

This series of essays, developed and printed by the University of Colorado at Boulder, feature different pedagogies on diversity in the college classroom.

Facts about the Americans with Disabilities Act

GLBT Resource Page

There are plenty of great resources around the web for people in the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender community. The links below are some of the best resources on the Internet to help GLBT people and their allies get informed, empowered, and active.

GLSEN – Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network

GLSEN is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students. Established nationally in 1995, GLSEN envisions a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. GLSEN seeks to develop school climates where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes to creating a more vibrant and diverse community.

Key Characteristics of a Multicultural Curriculum

Key Characteristics of a Multicultural Curriculum. A brief outline describing the delivery, content, teaching materials, perspective, inclusivity, social and civic responsibility and assessments characteristic of a multicultural curriculum.

Managing Hot Moments in the Classroom

Sometimes things seem to explode in the classroom, and what do we do then? How do we address important, but hot, topics -- religion, politics, race, class, gender -- in our classroom discussions? "Managing Hot Moments in the Classroom" by Lee Warren of Harvard University's Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, offers strategies for turning difficult encounters into learning opportunities.

Multicultural Education and Ethnic Groups: Selected Internet Sources

This site serves as an Internet clearinghouse of resources for multicultural education. Selections include background articles, biographies, book reviews, discussion groups, lesson plans, and links to resources on specific areas of interest, such as ethnic cooking, folklore, and holidays. This site lends itself to browsing in order to define areas of interest.

Multicultural Education Pavilion

One of the many valuable contributions of this site is its Multicultural Awareness Quiz designed to clarify assumptions and promote awareness of multicultural issues.

Multicultural Teaching

This is a must peruse site with an emphasis on practical discussions of various diversity subtopics, i.e., multiculturalism, teaching effectively--everything from course content to problematic assumptions to learning styles. Of particular use are the CRLT Multicultural Occasional Papers and the Multicultural Teaching Strategies.


The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People works to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination.

NAMI - National Alliance on Mental Illness

NAMI is the nation's largest grassroots organization for people with mental illness and their families. Founded in 1979, NAMI has affiliates in every state and in more than 1,100 local communities across the country.NAMI recognizes that the key concepts of recovery, resiliency and support are essential to improving the wellness and quality of life of all persons affected by mental illness. Mental illnesses should not be an obstacle to a full and meaningful life for persons who live with them. NAMI will advocate at all levels to ensure that all persons affected by mental illness receive the services that they need and deserve, in a timely fashion.

National Coalition Building Institute

The National Coalition Building Institute is an international, non-profit, leadership training organization based in Washington, DC, USA. Since 1984, NCBI has worked to eliminate racism and all other forms of prejudice and discrimination throughout the world. NCBI takes a proactive approach that begins with one or more people from a variety of organizational or community settings, including schools, colleges and universities, corporations, foundations, correctional facilities, law enforcement agencies, government offices, and labor unions.

National Council on Disabilities - NCD

NCD is composed of 15 members appointed by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. In compliance with NCD's authorizing statute, Title IV of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the President selects members of NCD after soliciting recommendations from representatives of organizations representing a broad range of individuals with disabilities; and organizations interested in individuals with disabilities. NCD members are people with disabilities, parents or guardians of people with disabilities, or other people who have substantial knowledge or experience relating to disability policy or programs. NCD members are appointed to represent people with disabilities, national organizations concerned with people with disabilities, providers and administrators of services to people with disabilities, people engaged in conducting medical or scientific research relating to people with disabilities, business concerns, and labor organizations. A majority of NCD members are people with disabilities. NCD members are broadly representative of minority and other individuals and groups.

National MultiCultural Institute

The mission of the National MultiCultural Institute (NMCI) is to work with individuals, organizations, and communities to facilitate personal and systemic change in order to build an inclusive society that is strengthened and empowered by its diversity. Through the development of strategic initiatives, partnerships, and programs that promote an inclusive and just society, NMCI is at the forefront of global efforts to address critical and emerging issues in the diversity field.


Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays promotes the well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered persons (LGBT), their families and friends through support, to cope with our society; information, to educate the public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights.

Project Implicit

Are you aware of your attitudes about yourself and others based on age, race, gender, and academic background? Harvard University, the University of Virginia, and the University of Washington have developed the Implicit Association Test to help you find out.

Sensitivity to Women in the Contemporary Classroom

Sensitivity to Women in the Contemporary Classroom--from the Tips for Teachers series by the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, Harvard University. Explores ways to insure that all students participate in class discussions.

Sexual Orientation and Homosexuality: Frequently Asked Questions:

Southern Poverty Law Center

The Southern Poverty Law Center was founded in 1971 as a small civil rights law firm. Today, SPLC is internationally known for its tolerance education programs, its legal victories against white supremacists and its tracking of hate groups.

Teaching Tolerance

Teaching Tolerance supports the efforts of K-12 teachers and other educators to promote respect for differences and an appreciation of diversity. As part of its mandate, Teaching Tolerance publishes a semiannual self-titled magazine that profiles educators, schools and programs promoting diversity and equity in replicable ways. In addition, the program produces and distributes free, high-quality anti-bias multimedia kits.

Ten Common Fallacies About Bilingual Education (PDF, 145 KB)

This site lists and elucidates four common misconceptions about language diversity: that English literacy is threatened; that English literacy is the only literacy worth noting; that immigrants today are not as eager to learn English as past generations were; and that English-only instruction is the best way to promote English literacy.

Transcript of Harvard Educational Review's Ethnicity and Education Forum: What Difference Does Difference Make?

Transcript of Harvard Educational Review's Ethnicity and Education Forum: "What Difference Does Difference Make?" Harvard Educational Review. Summer 1997. 15 November 2002.

Women and Men in the Classroom:Inequality and Its Remedies

Catherine G. Krupnick, in her article "Women and Men in the Classroom:Inequality and Its Remedies" explains how she analyzed videotaped class sessions to answer the research questions: What are the differences, if any, between male and female students' participation in classroom discussion? How does the gender of the teacher affect the students' participation?