Below is an extensive list of resources for children, teens, teachers, and parents for beneficial information on research, scholarships, job search sites, activities, learning material, and much more.
Our Favorite Resources
- Resource Library (Inclusive Schools Network): This library is rich with resources covering a range of topics on diversity. Start with the Inclusion Basics and Culturally Responsive Teaching Then, dive deeper into other subjects, like assessment, collaboration, and working with families.
- Resources for Multicultural Classrooms (Teaching Tolerance): Produced by The Southern Poverty Law Center, Teaching Tolerance’s classroom resources page offers free lesson plans for exploring topics like race and ethnicity, gender equality, and sexual orientation with students. For specific teaching practices, start with Teaching Tolerance’s Critical Practices for Anti-Bias Teaching, a self-paced, four-part, professional development learning program.
- Multicultural Caregiving: Kapok Multicultural Senior Care Services, LLC is based in the Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia area, devoted to helping families across the country to find the support they need to better care for aging and disabled relatives.
- Awareness Activities (EdChange.org): The EdChange-produced Multicultural Pavilion is a wonderful assortment of resources for educators. This Awareness Activities collection provides plenty of engaging ideas and activities to introduce diversity at the beginning of the school year. Plus, don’t miss the Teacher’s Corner for curriculum ideas, strategies, and much more.
- Teaching Diverse Learners (Brown University): This website is “a resource dedicated to enhancing the capacity of teachers to work effectively and equitably with English-language learners (ELLs).” You’ll find great practical teaching strategies, ideas for engaging elementary ELLs, and tips for reaching out to families.
- Lesson Plans and Resources (Teaching for Change): Teaching for Change is a nonprofit, with a mission of providing “teachers and parents with the tools to create schools where students learn to read, write, and change the world.” The site features thoughtful and engaging lesson plans, tips for addressing race and diversity in the class, and links to great teacher resources.
- Lesson Plans and Resources for Multiculturalism and Diversity: Scholastic produced this collection of resources for teachers. Along with some engaging lesson plans, there are also plenty of articles featuring tips and strategies to help educators engage students and families from diverse backgrounds. Connect With Kids and Parents of Different Cultures is a great place to start.
- Teacher Resources for Multicultural Schools (RaceBridges for Schools): This resource roundup from RaceBridges is a great source for ideas on creating inclusive classroom environments, rethinking how you approach diversity, and lesson plans covering a variety of subjects. If you’re looking for primary sources for in-class lessons, check out Smithsonian’s Heritage Teaching Resources collection and net, a trove of primary sources for social justice lessons.
- Strategies for Teaching Culturally Diverse Students: This TeacherVision-produced article is full of useful and ready-to-use tips for welcoming and engaging diverse students. Discover more useful ideas and lesson plans in TeacherVision’s Diversity Resources for Teachers
Book Lists and Bibliographies
- 101 Ways to Combat Prejudice (PDF): Barnes & Noble and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) first launched the Close the Book on Hate campaign in September 2000. They compiled this free informational pamphlet (PDF) to “break the cycle of hate through reading.”
- “Close the Book on Hate,” Reading List (PDF): These works of fiction, non-fiction, photography, and poetry help to spark discussion surrounding diversity.
- I’m Your Neighbor: A recommended reading list, sorted by country and culture of origin, of titles featuring recent refugees and immigrants.
- Multicultural Books for Adults: A comprehensive list for educators about the how race, education, and multiculturalism come together. Compiled by the Bankstreet College of Education.
- Multicultural Books for Younger Children: A list of picture books that promote diversity and multiculturalism compiled by the Bankstreet College of Education.
- Multicultural Books for Older Children: A list of middle-grade books that promote diversity and multiculturalism compiled by the Bankstreet College of Education.
- Top Black History Books for Youth: Every year the editors of Booklist highlight the top books of the year that “offer unique ways of presenting the African American experience, then and now.”
- Library Book List: An amazing array of titles for children and young adults, organized by such topics as Ethnicity & Race, Religion, Gender, Sexuality and Disability.
- Multicultural Children’s Literature: An annotated bibliography of children’s multicultural books maintained by Dr. Robert F. Smith, Professor Emeritus, Towson University, Towson, MD.
- Great Gay Teen Books: Young adult author Alex Sanchez has compiled a book list of LGBTQ books.
Lesson Plans and Discussion Guides
- Asian American Curriculum Projects, Inc: This website offers quality books related to the following communities: Cambodian, Chinese, Filipino, Hawaiian, Hmong, Indonesian, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Lao, Samoan, Thai, and Vietnamese.
- Lesson Plan: Multiculturalism and Diversity: Resources to help educators bring discussions about diversity and multiculturalism to the classroom that speak to the background of each student.
- Teaching “Diversity”: A Place to Begin: A guide to teaching diversity to Pre–K, Early Childhood, Grades 1–2 students and their families.
- Lesson Plans for Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month: This website provides resources for grades Pre-K through 8 wishing to study Latino and Spanish-Speaking artists and writers.
- Coretta Scott King Book Awards Discussion Guide 2011: Each year the ALA, the Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table ( EMIERT) and the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee compile a discussion guide including activities and teaching topics for the previous year’s Coretta Scott King Book Award winners.
- Exploring Diversity: Cynthia Leitich Smith’s online resources for exploring diversity in children’s and young adult books.
Publications and Blogs
- AALBC: The African American Literature Book Club is the largest and most frequently visited web site dedicated to books and film by and about people of African descent.
- American Indians in Children’s Literature: Established in 2006, American Indians in Children’s Literature (AICL) provides critical perspectives and analysis of indigenous peoples in children’s and young adult books, the school curriculum, popular culture, and society.
- Reading in Color: A book blog that reviews YA and middle-grade books about people of color.
- The Brown Bookshelf: An online community devoted to promoting young adult fiction by African-American authors and illustrators.
- Color Online Blog: Founded in 2005, the Color Online blog focuses on female writers of color.
- Diversity in YA: Founded by YA authors Malinda Lo and Cindy Pon, this blog celebrates diverse stories.
- The Happy Nappy Bookseller: The blog includes book reviews for middle grade, young adult, and picture books.
- The Latina Book Club: Spearheaded by Maria Ferrer, The Latina Book Club’s goal is to promote Latino authors and literacy by reading at least one Latino book a month. The blog features interviews, guest blogs, reviews, and other useful links.
- Paper Tigers Blog: News and views on multicultural children’s and YA books, and literacy issues from around the world.
- La Bloga: A blog dedicated to Latino and Hispanic literature for both grown-ups and not so grown-ups.
Awards and Prizes
- Américas Book Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature: Given in recognition of U.S. works of fiction, poetry, folklore, or selected non-fiction (from picture books to works for young adults) published in the previous year in English or Spanish that authentically and engagingly portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the United States. The award is sponsored by the national Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP).
- American Indian Youth Literature Award: Established as a way to identify and honor the very best writing and illustrations by and about American Indians. Books selected to receive the award will present American Indians in the fullness of their humanity in the present and past contexts. The award is sponsored by the American Indian Library Association.
- Asian/Pacific American Literature Award (APALA): The goal of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature is to honor and recognize individual work about Asian/Pacific Americans and their heritage, based on literary and artistic merit.
- Christopher Awards (Religious Affiliation): First presented in 1949, the Christopher Awards were established by Christopher founder Father James Keller to salute media that “affirm the highest values of the human spirit.” Their goal is to encourage men, women and children to pursue excellence in creative arenas that have the potential to influence a mass audience positively.
- Coretta Scott King Book Awards: Given to African American authors and illustrators for outstanding inspirational and educational contributions, the Coretta Scott King Book Award titles promote understanding and appreciation of the culture of all peoples and their contribution to the realization of the American dream of a pluralistic society.
- ALA – EMIERT Multicultural Awards: EMIERT offers two awards to encourage and recognize multiculturalism in libraries and the library profession.
- Lambda Literary Award: Given every year (since 1992) to the best Children’s and Young Adult Literature. Previous winners include Jacqueline Woodson, Nancy Garden, and Kevin Jennings and David Levithan.
- New Voices Award: Publisher Lee & Low Books sponsors this award for a children’s picture book manuscript by a writer of color.
- Pura Belpré Medal: Named after the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library, the Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996, honors a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.
- Stonewall Book Awards: The first and most enduring award for GLBT books, sponsored by the American Library Association’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table.
- Collegiate School Teaching is for college and graduate students of color interested in independent school teaching. Students from all majors are sought. Applicants selected for the program receive a stipend, free housing and travel reimbursement.
- First Generation College Student puts together as much clear, useful advice as possible for all the challenges kids as first generation college student face.
- The Walters Art Museum offers paid summer internships for diversity in the arts. Interns may work in one or more divisions of the museum including education, development, public relations, information technology or curatorial.
- The Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts offers two diversity initiatives: the Josie A. Bass Career Development Program for African American students and the Los Padres Internship Program for Hispanic/Latino students. Internship areas include Accounting, Human Resources, Development, Communications & Marketing, Information Systems and more. Free housing and transportation are provided if necessary.
- JP Morgan’s Launching Leaders Scholarship Program has been named one of Vault Inc.’s Top Ten Internships. Black, Hispanic and Native American students with a 3.5 GPA who are interested in financial services are eligible to apply. The program includes life-changing internship opportunities as well as scholarships of up to $10,000 a year.
- The Nascar Diversity Internship Program places deserving students from racial minority groups in a 10-week summer program designed to introduce them to the world of NASCAR and the exciting career opportunities available throughout the motorsports industry.
- Humanity in Action sponsors six summer programs on minority and human rights issues in Europe and the United States. All academic majors who are actively seeking new perspectives on minority issues are invited to apply. HIA pays virtually all of the costs of participation.
- AFSCME/UNCF Union Scholars Program is a 10-week summer field placement during which interns participate in a union organizing campaign in one of several locations across the United States.
- INROADS This organization’s mission is to develop and place talented minority youth in business and industry and prepare them for corporate and community leadership.
- Sponsors for Educational Opportunity runs a career program which now partners with over 40 firms and offers 400 plus summer internships in accounting, corporate law, information technology, investment banking, philanthrophy, etc., in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Hong Kong.
- Goldman Sach’s Diversity Internships and Scholarships offers several opportunities both in the U.S. and abroad for black, Hispanic and Native American students, students with disabilities, and women.
- The American Association of Advertising Agencies’ Multicultural Advertising Internship Program (MAIP) has helped jumpstart the careers of more than 1,600 African-American, Asian-American, Latino-American, Native-American, multi-racial and multiethnic aspiring advertising professionals.
- The Newhouse Graduate Newspaper Fellowship and Apprenticeship for Minorities is a highly competitive 30-month program that provides two generous awards to minority students who have majored in subjects other than journalsim as undergraduates.
- Microsoft Corporation encourages undergraduate students from groups currently underrepresented in the field of computer science to pursue technical degrees. Microsoft Scholarship recipients receive a scholarship to cover one academic year as well as a salaried internship for 12 weeks.
- The Management Leadership for Tomorrow Career Prep Program is a comprehensive 12-month program designed to prepare minority juniors for fast-track entry-level jobs. Skills training includes: one-on-one career coaching and planning, exclusive exposure to leading companies, national networking with young professionals, and four all-inclusive leadership development trips.
- T. Howard Foundation is recruiting diverse students at the undergraduate and graduate levels for internships with industry partners including FOX, NBC Universal, Showtime, HVBO, ESPN and XM Radio. Interns are paid $10-12/hour for a minimum of 8 weeks in locations nationwide.
- The Latino Fellowship Program offered through the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University is designed to increase the representation of public health professionals serving Latinos in the US. One to two fellowships are offered each year for students pursuing their MPH through the Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health at Columbia.
Career Resources for Multicultural Students
AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDENTS
ASIAN AMERICAN STUDENTS
AMERICAN INDIAN STUDENTS
- Saludos Hispanos: Provides educated, career-minded Hispanics opportunities for growth with organizations that have a sincere interest in promoting Hispanics up the corporate ladder
- Saludos Web: Resume posting, job search, employers
- MuchosJobs.com: A recruitment and job placement site for bilingual (Spanish/English) human resources professionals
- The Congressional Internship Program: The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) brings 32 promising Latino undergraduates to Washington D.C. for an eight-week program. The Congressional Internship Program provides participants with a placement in a congressional office, community service, leadership development and more. Housing and transportation are covered.
- Hispanic Outlook.com: A search site providing information about employment opportunities within the higher education field as well as in institutions that grant the largest number of degrees to Hispanic students
- HispanicBusiness.com: A job center resource site for Hispanic and Latino students
- HispanicSurf.com: aims to connect everyone with everyting Hispanic. It is an excellent resource for Spanish speakers looking to use their language skill in the workplace.
- Ihispano.com: An employment search engine for Hispanic and Latin/bilingual professionals
- The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers: Sets out to help Hispanic students and professionals in the engineering field
- LatPro: A site that connects Spanish and Portuguese speakers (who also know English) to great jobs nationally and internationally
- Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science: This site includes information and publications about continuing education, as well as a listing of organizations who have contacted SACNAS with new job openings.
- LatCareers.com: Online Latino job board with thousands of jobs nationwide, as well as a Latino career fair calendar with more than 200 Latino career fairs annually in 90 U.S. cities
- The Institute of International Education website: Lists a plethora of resources for non-U.S. students, including the Freeman Assist Internship Program, which provides international students from select countries with scholarships to subsidize unpaid internships
- The International Student City Career Center: Provides comprehensive career advice addressing the unique concerns international students face as they look for employment in the United States.
- H1base.com: Visit this site for U.S. immigration details, H1-B visa information, as well as employment opportunities in the U.S. for foreign nationals.
- H1visajobs.com: Features an online database of American employers that sponsor H1-B visa holders. The databases are broken down by industry and can be accessed for a fee.
CAREER RESOURCES FOR WOMEN
STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
- Federaljobs.net: Describes hiring options, certifications and accomodations for students with disabilities interested in pursuing a career in the federal government
- The Workforce Recruitment Program: Recruiters from federal agencies conduct personal interviews with college students with disabilities in order to generate a database of internship and full-time job seekers, which can be accessed by prospective employers. In the past decade, 1,900 college students with disabilities have been placed in temporary and permanent jobs nationwide.
- The Riley Guide: Lists several employment resources for individuals with disabilities, as well as job listings
- Emerging Leaders: A highly competitive program that places college students with disabilities in fulfulling summer internships and provides them with leadership development opportunities
- PeopleResources.org: A site connecting people with disabilities to personal development links, career resources, pertinent news, education resources and counseling services
- recruitABILITY: Provides an online, targeted recruiting site that connects proactive employers with job seekers with disabilities
- The National Business and Disability Council: The leading national resource on all issues related to the successful mainstreaming of people with disabilities into the American workforce. Their national resume database is provided free to qualified job seekers.
- JobAccess: The site’s goal is to enable people with disabilities to enhance their professional lives by providing a dedicated system for finding employment, including resume building and posting services, online application and more.
- The Job Accomodation Network (JAN): A free consulting service that provides information about job accomodations, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the employability of people with disabilities
- DO-IT CAREERS: Provides resources for students with disabilities to participate in work-based learning opportunities
- Entry Point!: A program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science offering outstanding internship opportunities for students with disabilities in science, engineering, mathematics and computer science
- Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities: A consortium of universities, national employers and government agencies focused on career employment of college graduates with disabilities. COSD provides training modules and conducts a national conference each year related to the employment of persons with disabilities.
- The National Coaltion for Students with Disabilities: A nonprofit, grassroots organization founded in 1995 to strengthen the legal rights of persons with disabilities and faciliate communication between student groups. NCSD provides information on employment, scholarships, telecommuting and internship and volunteer opportunities.