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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion : Overview and General Resources

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In this guide we attempt to bring together quality and relevant resources relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion, but we are not immune from the limits and hidden biases of our own privileges and perspectives. This is a living guide, and is not exhaustive. We welcome feedback, critiques, and suggestions that can be used to improve this guide.

Guide Description

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“The plague of racism is insidious, entering into our minds as smoothly and quietly and invisibly as floating airborne microbes enter into our bodies to find lifelong purchase in our bloodstreams.” Maya Angelou


In a universe on perpetual pause, Maya could have easily been talking about COVID-19 anxieties, rather than her prophetic words about the most insidious conditions we continue to harbor and spread; racism, bigotry, discrimination, and force. Their impact on our lives is seemingly intractable, the current attention to this widespread angst, extraordinary. There is no better time to take deliberate action and dismantle the foundations of intolerance and prejudice that inform us and our delivery of health care.


While we may argue that the death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis, May 25th, 2020 galvanized this need for insightful, inclusive resources, many people have been doing this work for decades, revealing the historical underpinnings of racism, asking for change, combating assumptions, and imagining equality, representation, diversity and empathy.


Included are lists of books, web site compilations of books and resources, blog posts and links to online articles for those who want to be deeply informed about matters of race, systemic racism and anti-racism.

Organizations and Initiatives

Below are a few health sciences organizations and initiatives relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Miscellaneous Resources

Below are some links to miscellaneous resources relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

UW Statement of Support for the AAPI Community

The staff of Ebling Library joins UW’s School of Medicine & Public Health (SMPH) and General Library System (GLS) in condemning an environment in which those in the American Asian Pacific Island Community (AAPI) are targeted, persecuted, culturally marginalized, or denied equal and just treatment due to their heritage. Read our Statement of Support for the AAPI Community.

Diversity Events at UW Madison!

Below is a current feed of UW Madison events relating to diversity. To access the full calendar of events, click here.

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Diversity at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

University of Wisconsin-Madison Resources

Below are some links to just a few of University of Wisconsin-Madison's resources relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion.