AAUW of Virginia Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

Erica Brown-Meredith and Meg Tuccillo,

Co-Vice Presidents for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

AAUW seeks to promote inclusion and awareness for all members to create an equitable, sustainable and inclusive membership reflective of today’s world.






DEI Toolkit: Gender & Gender Identityaauw.org


Women do more for DEI at work but aren’t recognized for it: reportbusinessinsider.com

DEI Book Club Books Good Reads.com


History of Policing in America | Throughline | NPRyoutu.be


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
Critical Race Theory: A Primer (Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic, members of the original movement, have written a primer for nonlawyers that makes the now sprawling literature of critical race theory easily accessible to the beginner.) This brief book would be good for a discussion group since there are discussion questions at the end and suggested readings.
Answering Your Questions About CRT (Five PBS News Hour 2-minute Videos)

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.

AAUW Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Toolkit

One of the goals of the  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.

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.

The Color of Law – by Richard Rothstein
Here is an article from NPR that discusses the book:   https://www.npr.org/2017/05/17/528822128/the-color-of-law-details-how-u-s-housing-policies-created-segregation

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

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

Equal Justice Initiative

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


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

Race is the Child of Racism

Five Phrases Your Black Friend Wishes You’d Stop Using

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

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

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