AAUW of Virginia Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Cyndi Shanahan, Chair for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

What is Critical Race Theory (CRT) and why is it being talked about so much? Check out these explanations of CRT and the current controversy:

American Bar Association
Purdue Online Writing Lab

Collaborating with women of color is a great way to get to know each other and possibly present programs together.  National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) is an organization with sections (like our branches) all around Virginia.  Click on this link to see if a section is in your community.

Supporting Black-owned businesses is a way to support the whole Black community.  Here is a list with links to 150 such businesses.

DE&I Resources Powerpoint Presentation Feb 2021

Confronting Prejudice: How to Protect Yourself and Help Others | Pepperdine Online California

AAUW Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Toolkit

One of the goals of the updated (2020) AAUW Strategic Plan is to “embody the goals and spirit of inclusion, diversity and intersectionality across all AAUW activities and participants.” The Diversity and Equity Committee was focused on this goal as the Toolkit was developed.  Read Kim Churches’ s statement about this here.

The AAUW Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) resources aim to identify best practices for promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion within AAUW. These resources present guidelines for how AAUW branches, national members, student members and individual members can demonstrate an understanding of AAUW’s mission, values, goals and strategic plan. It is meant to start the inclusion conversation. We encourage all members to seek ways to incorporate inclusive practices into their branches and daily life.

AAUW of Virginia has begun removing items from our resource list below as we find them duplicated in the toolkit.  Duplicate items are indicated by a strikethrough.

Feb. 10, 2021: Governor Northam Announces Second Report on Systemic Bias in Virginia Law

“Our Commonwealth remains focused on acknowledging and righting the wrongs of our past,” said Governor Northam. “This latest report makes clear that there is still work to do to shed the ugly remnants of Virginia’s history. The Commission is already having a significant impact on our shared legislative priorities and I look forward to continuing our partnership to build a more honest, equitable, and inclusive future for all.”  FULL REPORT

Disproportionate Load

Hispanics have borne the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic in Virginia. While they make up 10 percent of the population, Hispanics account for more than one-third of confirmed cases in which the race of persons tested were reported.  See the visual breakdown.

What Virginia Localities are Doing


Race and Social Equity FAQs  (Alexandria)


Diversity Training Games and Exercises

National Museum of African American History and Culture: Talking About Race.

Keynote (Idella Glenn)

Inclusion and AAUW Branches (Cyndi Shanahan) 

Unconscious (Implicit) Bias (Denise Murden)       Worksheet accompanying Slide 13

Workshop Activity: Silent Interviews (Barbara Craig)

Workshop Activity: Unearned Privilege Exercise/Privilege Walk (Idella Glenn & Marj Easterling

Workshop Activity: DIE+K New Yorker Facilitator Guide  (Terry Stefffin)        DIE +K Definitions Chart

DIE+K New Yorker Covers Used in Activity

List of Books to Enrich Your Knowledge of Diversity and  Inclusion

18 Books Every White Ally Should Read

Reading List for Racial Equity

Resources for Group Discussions Regarding the Book Waking Up White by Debby Irving Resource #1   Resource #2

  Debby Irving TED Talk: Finding Myself in the Story or Race

Resource #3:  21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge

Inclusion Icebreakers and Activities

Inclusion Discussion Ideas and Tips

Links to Web Resources

Equal Justice Initiative

Diversity, Inclusion, Equity Dictionary

Anti Racism Resources

Non-profit Learning Lab

Website for resources on films, videos, books: Challenging Racism


Diversity Training Steps into the Future With Virtual Reality. (Technology companies are leveraging virtual reality software meant to address issues with diversity and inclusion.)

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack

Talking About Race (National Museum of African American History & Culture)

Racial Equity Task Force releases final report, suggests 12 initiatives to promote racial equity at U.Va.

NYT Review of CASTE by Isabel Wilkerson

New Yorker Review of the new book CASTE by Isabel Wilkerson

Omar Johnson NYTimes June 14, 2020

Mapping Our Roles in Social Change Ecosystems (2020)

Race is the Child of Racism

Five Phrases Your Black Friend Wishes You’d Stop Using

Beyond Contact Without Fellowship 

Racism 101

10 Simple Ways White People Can Step Up to Fight Everyday Racism 

33 Books With Black Heroes & Characters That Every Kid Should Read

75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice

Foster Belonging on Your Campus (or in your branch!)

The Answer to Diversity and Inclusion (in the workplace and elsewhere)


Global Health Institute for Women’s Leadership (London) “Gender & the Currect Crisis”.  It’s just an hour and so worth the watch (May 13, 2020.)

VIDEOS/DOCUMENTARIES (Click on each to learn more, or to view)

Black Women and Criminal (In)justice: Missing Voices in the U.S. Incarceration Conversation

Segregated by Design: The Color of Law

Nick News Presents Kids, Race & Unity, Hosted by Alicia Keys

First broadcast of “Tell Me More” on PBS with Brian Stevenson (Just Mercy)

Holy Post–Race In America

Uncomfortable Conversations With a Black Man (Videos)

Gina’s Journey: The Search for William Grimes