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Diversity Resources for Psychology Courses

Updated: January 2009

STP Diversity Committee:

Susan Goldstein, Regan Gurung, Kelley Haynes,

Linh Nguyen Littleford (Chair), and Meera Rastogi

Note: This is not an exhaustive list. When a resource is applicable to more than one course, it is cited under all those courses. However, we recommend that readers review resources listed under other courses for additional references that may also be applicable. Textbooks included were published in 2002 or later. We thank Barbara Noel Dowds, Jennifer Milliken, and Kathy Ong for their assistance.


Books and Book Chapters:

  • Anderson, S. K., & Middleton, V. A. (Eds.). (2005). Explorations in privilege, oppression, and diversity. Belmont, CA: Thomson Brooks/Cole.

  • Bronstein, P., & Quina, K. (Eds.). (2003). Teaching gender and multicultural awareness: Resources for the psychology classroom. Washington, D. C.: American Psychological Association.

  • Goldstein, S. B. (1999). Cross-Cultural explorations: Activities in culture and psychology. Allyn & Bacon.

  • Gurung, R. A. R., & Prieto, L. (Eds.) (in press). Getting Culture: Incorporating diversity across the curriculum. Sterling, VA: Stylus.

  • Hall, L.E. (2005). Dictionary of multicultural psychology: Issues, terms, and concepts. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

  • Puente, A. E., Blanch, E., Candland, D. K., Denmark, F. L., Laman, C., Lutsky, N., Reid, P.T., & Schiavo, R. S. (1993). Toward a psychology of variance: Increasing the presence and understanding of ethnic minorities in psychology. In T. V. McGovern (Ed.), Handbook for enhancing undergraduate education in psychology (pp. 71 92). Washington, D. C. : American Psychological Association.

  • Shade, B.J., Kelly, C., & Oberg, M. (1997). Creating culturally responsive classrooms. Washington, D. C.: American Psychological Association.

  • Shoem, D.L. (Ed.). (1993). Multicultural teaching in the university. Westport, CT: Praeger.

  • Waller, J. (2001). Face to face: The changing state of racism across America. Da Capo Press.

  • Whitbourne, S.K., & Cavanaugh, J.C. (Eds.). (2002). Integrating aging topics into psychology: A practical guide for teaching undergraduates. Washington, D. C.: American Psychological Association.

  • Whittlesey, V. (2001). Diversity activities for psychology. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.


  • Balls-Organista, P., Chun, K.M., & Marin, G. (2000). Teaching an undergraduate course on ethnic diveristy. Teaching of Psychology, 27, 12-17.

  • Collingdrive, D.S. (1999). Suggestions on teaching international students: Advice for Psychology Instructors. Teaching of Psychology, 26, 126-128.

  • Dailey, A. L. (1979). Teaching psychology to physically handicapped students. Teaching of Psychology, 6, 219-222.

  • Gloria, A.M., Rieckmann, T.R., & Rush, J.D. Issues and recommendations for teaching an ethnic/culture-based course. Teaching of Psychology, 27, 102-107.

  • Grauerholz, E., & Scuteri, G. M. (1989). Learning to role-take: A teaching technique to enhance awareness of the "other." Teaching Sociology, 17, 480-483.

  • Harlow, R. (2003). Race doesn't matter, but... The effect of race on professors' experiences and emotion management in the undergraduate college classroom. Social Psychology Quarterly: Race, racism, and discrimination [Special issue]. 66, 348-363.

  • Hill, G.W., IV. (2000). Incorporating a cross-cultural perspective in the undergraduate psychology curriculum: An interview with David Matsumoto. Teaching of Psychology, 27, 71-75.

  • Hebl, M. (2004). Diversity: Social reality, not political correctness. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 28, 268-269.

  • Helen, J. (2004). A research-based approach on teaching to diversity. Journal of Instructional Psychology, 31, 12-19.

  • Hogben, M. & Waterman, C. K. (1997). Are all your students represented in their Books? A content analysis of coverage of diversity issues in introductory psychology Books. Teaching of Psychology, 24, 95-100.

  • Khan, S. R. (1999). Teaching an undergraduate course on the psychology of racism. Teaching of Psychology, 26, 28-33.

  • Kowalski, R. M. (2000). Including gender, race, and ethnicity in psychology content courses, Teaching of Psychology, 27, 18 24.

  • Kvaal, S. A., & Meyers, S. A. (2003). Who is teaching psychology? Availability of gender and ethnically diverse mentors. Teaching of Psychology, 30, 321-323.

  • Madden, M. E., & Hyde, J. S. (1998). Integrating gender and ethnicity into psychology courses. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 22, 1 12.

  • Marchel, C.A. (2004). Evaluating reflection and sociocultural awareness in service learning classes. Teaching of Psychology, 31,120-123.

  • Ocampo, C., Prieto, L. R., Whittlesey, V., Connor, J., Janco-Gidley, J., Mannix, S., & Sare, K., (2003). Diversity research in teaching of psychology: Summary and recommendations. Teaching of Psychology, 30, 5-18.

  • Roberts, A., & Smith, K. I. (2002). Managing emotions in the college classroom: The cultural diversity course as an example. Teaching Sociology, 30, 291-302.

  • Shellenberger, S., Dent, M. M., Davis-Smith, M., Seale, J. P., Weintraut, R., & Wright, T. (2007). Cultural genogram: A tool for teaching and practice. Families, Systems, & Health, 25, 367-381.

  • Simoni, J. M., Sexton-Radek, K., Yescavage, K., Richard, H. & Lundquist, A. (1999). Teaching diversity: Experiences and recommendations of American Psychological Association division 2 members. Teaching of Psychology, 26, 89-95.

  • Smith, G. E. & Eggleston, T. J. (2003). Examining cross-cultural diversity in psychology classes: Around the world in 15 weeks. Teaching of Psychology, 30, 54-55.

  • Stefan, E.S. (1976). Experimental education in depersonalization. Teaching of Psychology, 3, 19-21.

  • Tori, C.D., & Ducker, D.G. (2004). Sustaining the commitment to multiculturalism: A longitudinal study in a graduate psychology program. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 35, 649-657.

  • Tweed, R.G., & Lehman, D.R. (2002). Learning considered within a cultural context: Confucian and Socratic approaches. American Psychologist, 57, 89-99.

  • Warren, C. S. (2006). Incorporating multiculturalism into undergraduate psychology courses: Three simple active learning activities. Teaching of Psychology, 33, 105-109.

  • White, A.M. (1994). A course in the psychology of oppression: A different approach to teaching about diversity. Teaching of Psychology, 21, 17-23.

  • Whitten, L. A. (1993). Infusing black psychology into the introductory psychology course. Teaching of Psychology, 20, 13-15.

Films/ Videos:

    • African-American Cultures in the U.S.A. Part 1. (1991, 60 min., Governors State University. Discusses culture of African Americans and the role it plays in the U.S.

    • African-American Cultures in the U.S.A. Part 2. (1992, 60 min., Communications Services, Inc.). Follow-up to part one discusses African history and religion, images of the African American in the media, academic performance and stereotypes perpetuated in schools.

    • American Sons (1995,41 min., NAATA). Interviews with Asian American men raise provocative issues about the impact of racism.

    • Anti-discrimination Response Training (ART, n.d., 40 min., 23 oppression vignettes, Microtraining and Multicultural Development). Focuses on concrete ways to identify and address prejudice and discrimination in a wide range of contexts.

    • Arab Americans. (2001, 60 min., Insight Media). Provides basic demographics concerning the Arab American population. Discusses the negative stereotypes concerning Arab Americans and the ways in which the media and entertainment industry perpetuate those stereotypes. Includes points of view about the Arab-Israel conflict regarding rights to Palestine.

    • Asian Americans. (2001, 60 min., Insight Media). This program gives an overview of the many groups classified as Asian Americans and discusses their similarities and differences.

    • Blue Eyed (1995, 93 min., California Newsreel). A summation of Jane Elliott's work in anti-racism training, including a demonstration of Elliot's powerful simulation which involves dividing a group of participants into those with brown eyes and those with blue eyes.

    • Brown vs. Board of Education (Video) http://athome.harvard.edu/programs/bvb/ . Hear discussions with several of the 1954 attorneys who argued the case before the Supreme Court, and their reflections on the impact of the decision fifty years later. Also featured are distinguished educators and lawyers, concerned with equal justice, discussing the impact of desegregation.

    • Color Adjustment (1991, 33 min., California Newsreel). Marlon Rigg's examination of 40 years of racial myths and stereotypes on American television.

    • Color of Fear (1995, 90 min., Stir Fry Seminars & Consulting). Eight ethnically diverse men continue conversations about racism.

    • Color of Fear, 2: Walking each other home. (1998, 55 min., Stir Fry Seminars & Consulting). Sequel to Color of Fear 1. Eight ethnically diverse men continue conversations about racism.

    • Color of Fear, 3. Four little beds. (2005, 43 min., Stir Fry Seminars & Consulting). Eight ethnically diverse men discuss issues faced by gay, lesbian, and transgender community.

    • Confronting Discrimination and Prejudice (2008, 37 min. ABC News). Explore biases and stereotypes by placing actors in different scenarios to observe bystanders’ reactions, generating a wide range of responses.

  • Embracing Diversity. (2000, 28 min., Learning Connection). Multiculturalism/diversity encompasses both differences and similarities. Comments on the value of diversity in which one gains broader viewpoints and experiences. Suggests strategies to counter the negative effects of prejudice, bias, discrimination and racism: involve yourself with other cultures and perspectives, examine your own biases, and choose conversations that show a willingness to embrace diversity.

  • Finding Common Ground: Physical Diversity. (1993, 56 min., Front Range Educational Media Corporation). Discusses the fear "able-bodied" people often face when encountering a physically handicapped person for the first time.

    • Ethnic Notions (1987, 56 min., California Newsreel). Marlon Rigg's classic examination of the stereotyped images of African Americans used by White society to justify racism.

    • Faces of the Enemy (1987, 57 min., Catticus Corporation) Sam Keen, author of a book by the same name, narrates this look at the creation of the enemy and enemy images. This video includes some disturbing material in which Keen investigates the role of enemy images in the brutal murder of an American family.

  • Forgotten Genius Against All Odds. African-American chemist Percy Julian became one of the great scientists of the 20th century.(2007, NOVA Production for WGBH/Boston) http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/julian/program.html

  • Gender and Race: Together at Last? http://athome.harvard.edu/programs/gar/ . Features the opening panel of an all-day conference focusing on African American women's history, and on the ways that the study of U.S. women's history has been shaped by the conjunction of gender and race questions.

    • Hi-Tech Hate (1997, 45 min., Films for the Humanities & Sciences). Film makers trace a network of Internet hate groups through several countries and conduct interviews with members of these groups as well as those who oppose them.

    • Hot Wax (2004, 49 min., California Newsreel). This first volume of Real Stories from a Free South Africa explores the post-apartheid relationship between a Black beauty salon owner and her elderly White clients.

    • In Whose Honor (n.d., 46 min., New Day Films). Examines the practice of using American Indian mascots in sports through the story of Charlene Teters, who set out to protect her children from negative images of American Indians and found herself at the center of a controversy at the University of Illinois.

    • Invisible Revolution: A Youth Subculture of Hate (2000, 55 min., Filmakers Library). This documentary profiles members of Anti Racist Action (ARA) and their violent clashes with white supremacist youth.

    • Just Get It. (1994, 105 min., Morris Massey Associates). Great divisions disrupt our lives: issues of race, rights, discrimination, sexual harassment and preferences, traditional values, diversity, etc. This program attempts to bring current clashes of values into clearer focus, holding up a "mirror" so viewers can better understand themselves and observe more objectively when their "hot buttons" are punched by people having different values.Ku Klux Klan: A Secret History (2005, 100 min., A& E/The History Channel). Presents a history of the Ku Klux Klan. Contains rare footage and interviews with reporters, past and present Klan experts.

    • Last Chance for Eden. 1 (2002, 89 min., Stir Fry Seminars & Consulting). Nine men and women discuss racism and sexism.

    • Last Chance for Eden. 2 (2003, 70 min., Stir Fry Seminars & Consulting). Sequel to Last Chance for Eden. Nine men and women discuss racism and sexism.

    • Learning to Hate (n.d, 39 min., Films for the Humanities & Sciences). In this second film in the Beyond Hate set, Bill Moyers uses examples from a variety of cultures to explore the formation of intergroup attitudes. The video includes appearances from Nelson Mandela, Elie Wiesel, Jimmy Carter and others.

  • Learning Without Limits 2004 Symposium: Stereotype Threats. (74 min., Community College of Baltimore County). Dr. Claude Steele, Lucie Stern Professor, Social Sciences, Stanford University, speaks about his research interests. Throughout his career, he has been interested in how people cope with self-image threat. His theory of self-affirmation describes processes for coping with this threat. His theory of stereotype threat describes how negative group stereotypes, by posing an extra self-evaluative and belongingness threat to groups such as African Americans and women, can affect important behavior like intellectual performance and intergroup relations. He has also studied addictive behaviors. Dr. Steele talks about his research on stereotype threat and social identity threat especially as it relates to the underperformance problem and the diversity problem (bringing people together).

  • Long Way from Home.” (2006,82 min., Riverfilms). “... three smart, lively girls enter ninth grade at top schools, where they confront a world very different from the one they know. In the documentary “Long Way from Home” the young women grapple with the challenges of diversity in schools – and the world of the future. Cindy, a Cambodian-American; Sarah, an Arab-American; and Sage, an African-American, tell their intimate stories about diversity in American society.

    • Natives: Immigrant Bashing on the Border (1993, 25 min., Filmakers Library). This multi-festival film exposes a shocking level of anti-immigrant sentiment among Americans living along the California-Mexico border.

    • Respecting Diversity. (1997, 30 min., The Annenberg/CPB Collection). How prejudice develops and how to respect cultural differences.

  • Shattering the Silences: The Case for Minority Faculty. (1997, 86 min., California Newsreel). This video tells the story of eight university professor of diverse backgrounds in order to explore the obstacles specifically faced by faculty of color.

  • Silencio ( 1996, 9 min., NAATA). The experiences of a young Filipino American adjusting to a predominantly White workplace are the focus of this short film.

  • Skin Deep (1995, 53 min., California Newsreel). Filmmaker Francis Reid follows a diverse group of students through a racial awareness workshop in this powerful film.

  • Skin Deep: The Science of Race (1995,60 min., Filmakers Library). This video uses interviews with scientific experts, authors, and experienced others to challenge the validity of genetic definitions of race.

  • Skinheads USA: The Pathology of Hate (1993,54 min., Films for the Humanities & Sciences). This video provides an in-depth look at a neo-Nazi Skinhead organization.

  • Slaying the Dragon (1988, 60 min., NAATA). Uses film clips and interviews to explore the nature and effect of Asian stereotypes in the media, with an emphasis on the stereotypical portrayals of Asian women.

  • Some questions for 28 Kisses (1994, 9 min., NAATA) and Game of Death (7 min., NAATA). (On same videotape) Both explore media portrayals of Asian men, the latter using footage from Bruce Lee's last (unfinished) film.

  • Stolen Ground. (1993, 43 min., Stir Fry Seminars & Consulting). Six Asian-American men discuss their experiences with racism.

  • Suspino: a Cry for Roma (2003, 72 min., Bullfrog films). This intense multi-festival film documents the persecution of the Roma (or Gypsies, as they were pejoratively called), the largest and perhaps most severely oppressed of Europe's minorities.

  • The Two Nations of Black America (1998, 60 min., PBS Video). Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates interviews African American scholars about the growing success of Black professionals and the growing distance from inner city Black communities.

  • The Way Home (2002, 92 min., New Day films). Eight ethnic councilwomen come together to discuss issues of oppression in the United States.

  • True Colors. (1991, 19 min., Coronet/MTI Film and Video). In this segment from the newsmagazine PrimeTime, cameras follow two men, one White and one Black, as they attempt to purchase goods, rent an apartment, and find a job. The results provide a clear demonstration of the subtlety of "modern racism" and the prevalence of White privilege in the United States.

  • Two Towns of Jasper and America's Racial Divide (2003,23 min., Films for the Humanities & Sciences). Two film crews -- one Black and one White -- interview residents of Jasper, Texas about the brutal murder of James Byrd, Jr. that took place there in a 1998 hate crime.

  • Understanding Diversity in the Deaf Community (Laurence Gallimore). (1999, 49 min., NCRTM). [Also see Understanding Diversity in the Deaf Community-Mark Azure; Jessica M. Lee]

  • Understanding Prejudice ( 50 min., Films for the Humanities & Sciences). Provides an overview of the phenomenon of prejudice including historical perspectives, key terms, and forms of prejudice.

  • Unequal Education (1994, 40 min., Films for the Humanities & Sciences). Bill Moyers compares the daily school life of two middle school students in New York City to explore issues of inequality.

  • Valuing Diversity. (26 min., Films for the Humanities). Program deals with the realities of the multi-racial, multi-lingual workforce in a society which continues to practice racism and sexism. An attorney, a corporate executive, a human resources manager, and a teacher explain some of the steps that can be taken by individuals to adapt to, make the best of, and, in fact, benefit from the new realities.

  • Valuing Diversity (1995, 19 min., GB Productions). Discusses the importance of treating people as individuals rather than stereotyping people from different cultures, social classes, or generations, and those with different body shapes or visible physical disabilities.

  • Visual History Testimonies (45 min., Films for the Humanities & Sciences). Shows Holocaust survivors' video testimony. Student Video Diaries & Workshop documents students' reactions to viewing the testimony (25 min., Films for the Humanities & Sciences).

  • When Words Hurt (2002, 22 min., Films for the Humanities & Sciences). This lively MTV program focuses on creating awareness about the distinction between unkind words and "hate speech."

  • Why Value Diversity? (1991, 26 min., Films for the Humanities & Sciences). Program deals with the realities of the multi-racial, multi-lingual workforce in a society which continues to practice racism and sexism. An attorney, a corporate executive, a human resources manager, and a teacher explain some of the steps that can be taken by individuals to adapt to, make the best of, and, in fact, benefit from the new realities.

  • Who Killed Vincent Chin? (1987, 82 min., Filmakers Library). This Academy-Award nominated film explores the case of Vincent Chin, a young Chinese American beaten to death by a Chrysler Motors foreman, perhaps because he was mistaken for Japanese in a climate of threats from the Japanese automobile industry.

  • The World Is Not Black and White. (58 min., Wisconsin Public Television). Part one of a series on cultural and ethnic diversity in Wisconsin. Reports on race and ethnicity as they affect people personally and socially, and focuses on the issues of identity, adoption and marriage. The filmed report is followed by a studio group discussion led by Dr. Gerald Thomas.


  • What stands between us [activity card]:Diversity conversation flash cards (n.d., Stir Fry Seminars & Consulting). Over 300 cards with diversity- and multicultural awareness-related questions for Euroamericans and people of color.

Links to Diversity Activities and Teaching Resources

Dr. Gregory Herek’s site which includes information on sexual prejudice, hate crimes, and AIDS stigma.

Includes ice breakers, ground rules, and other activities to raise student and instructor cultural awareness.

Includes workshop exercises, suggested readings, and videographies.

Contains over 2,000 links to prejudice-related resources and interactive exercises on prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination.

Links to Articles, Podcasts, and Videos Published in Newspapers and Non-academic Media

    • Advocacy

  • Identity (Racial/Cultural)

    • Law Enforcement

(Part 1) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xg_Ap4AHzUs

(Part 2) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijzFrugfOO0&feature=related

(Part 3) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9dDC-ZOjPA&feature=related

    • Other Diversity Issues

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