Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion

Welcome to AL!VE’s DEAI Resources page!  Please feel free to read, use, and explore any or all of the links below.  Become a member of AL!VE for access to even more articles, guides, podcasts, and videos on this topic, and more.







  • Want to learn more about LGBTQIA+ issues, but don’t know where to start?  Start here, with the United Way LGBTQIA+ Reading List.

  • The American Alliance of Museums’ (AAM) LGBTQ+ Alliance is a professional resource network that “provides a forum for communication and dialogue and is committed to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and inquiry with particular respect to sexual orientation and gender identity within museums” (from the link).



  • 1619 Project is an ongoing project developed by The New York Times Magazine in 2019 which "aims to reframe the country's history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of [the United States'] national narrative."

  • Robin DiAngelo’s 2011 essay “White Fragility” explores the phenomenon of many white peoples’ inability to seriously discuss race issues or to examine their own racist beliefs/biases.  

  • The National Museum of African-American History and Culture academic article, “Historical Foundations of Race,” identifies the modern-day use of the term “race” as a human invention and explores the reasons it developed.

  • Lisa Joyslin, Inclusive Volunteerism Program Manager at the Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration (MAVA), discusses the ways volunteerism is built on systemic racism in “Recognizing Racism in Volunteer Engagement.”

  • Glossary of Racial Equity Terms: Becoming educated on these terms is a first step in practicing greater inclusivity and respectfulness inside and outside the workplace.


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  • Fight for Disability Rights (21:16): In this TED Talk, Judith Heumann, internationally-recognized leader in the disability community and lifelong civil rights advocate, discusses the battle for disability rights and why the fight is ongoing.



  • Inclusion Starts with I (3:28): From Accenture, this video discusses the importance of a positive, inclusive work environment, and examines the power each individual has to make a difference.



  • Let’s Talk Bias (4:41): Bias can take many forms, and impact different groups differently.  In this PBS Youth Collective Video, five young people share stories of their experience of bias targeted at their identities.

  • We Need Connection (18:26): In this TED talk, Amelia Franck Meyer, the founder, and CEO of Alia: Innovations For People and Systems Impacted by Childhood Trauma, discusses the fundamental human need to belong and be claimed, examining the critical role connection and relationships play in human life.



  • In 2019, in celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall Riots,  National Geographic released Stonewall at 50.  This is a series of personal testimonials to LGBTQIA+ people’s resilience and resistance, depicted in photos, quotes, and short videos.



  • Antiracist Baby (5:32): Ibram X. Kendi discusses the role parents and educators play in teaching young children to be anti-racist, emphasizing the importance of starting conversations with kids about racism at a young age.

  • How American Schools Keep Kids in Poverty (13:41): In this TED talk, Kandice Sumner, educator, examines the ways in which the denial of resources to schools in communities of color across the country contributes to the steady erosion of these schools’ students’ potential.

  • Systemic Racism, Explained (4:23): Everyone is talking about systemic racism, but what exactly does it entail?  This short video from Act.TV takes a close look at what systemic racism is and suggests ways it can be dismantled.  It includes sources for each of its points and links to further reading.

  • Mia Birdsong interviews Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi in the TED talk An Interview With The Founders of Black Lives Matter (16:06).  Their advice on how to participate in ensuring freedom for everybody: join something, start something, and “sharpen each other, so that we can all rise.” 



  • What Is Historical Trauma? (5:53)  Genocide, enslavement, forced relocation, and destruction of cultural practices are traumatic experiences forced on communities; the effects reverberate over generations.  Historians refer to this phenomenon as “historical trauma.”  This short video examines the effects of historical trauma on the well-being of future generations.


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  • On NPR’s Morning Edition, the article and accompanying podcast Workers with Disabilities (4:13) exposes business’ financial exploitation of workers with disabilities, made possible by US labor law dating from 1938.



  • Allyship is a journey, not a destination.  Jennifer Brown, leader of a woman- and LGBTQIA+-owned strategic leadership and diversity consulting group, discusses the Allyship Continuum in From Unaware to Accomplice (38:59).  


  • All My Relations is a podcast hosted by Matika Wilbur (Swinomish and Tulalip) and Adrienne Keene (Cherokee Nation) that explores what it means to be a Native person today.  Each episode in the series investigates a different issue, ranging from mascots and food sovereignty to literature and politics.

  • In this episode of the “Seeing White” podcast, How Race Was Made (28:35), John Biewen, with guest Chenjerai Kumanyika, takes a deep dive into the notion of whiteness.  Where does it come from?  What does it mean?  Who or what is it for?








  • Racial Equity Tools’ Racial Equity Toolkit provides tools, research, tips, and ideas for people who want to participate in working towards racial justice. 

  • Participate in the Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration’s (MAVA) Race Equity in Volunteerism, a program intending to dismantle systemic inequities faced by BIPOC people in volunteerism.


Further Reading

  • American Alliance of Museums: Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion is AAM’s resource page for all things DEAI-related in the museum world.

  • American Alliance of Museums: Museums and Equity: Volunteers is a blog post focusing on equity and access in volunteering, and the ways museums can use their volunteer programs to share the wealth.

  • Energ!ze brings us an excerpt from Cultural Awareness, a book exploring the many benefits that learning about different cultures can provide.

  • Energ!ze provides a transcript of a presentation at the 1996 International Conference on Volunteer Administration, Diversity and Volunteerism, that examines the ways population diversity is increasing and calls upon volunteer organizations to identify new ways to reach target audiences.

  • This article from Energ!ze, Whom Don’t We Ask to Volunteer?, identifies the wisdom of casting a wide, inclusive net when seeking volunteers--often, they come from unexpected populations! 

  • VolunteerPro’’s Building Bridges to Better Volunteer Diversity and Inclusion acknowledges that volunteerism is a powerful way to connect people, and provides the reader with five strategies to address any power imbalances and move closer to true equity.


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