As part of the university’s plan to create a culture supportive of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, we would like to provide resources for all members of the MUIH community to learn about diversity, equity, inclusion and Allyship for underrepresented/underserved groups.

Resources for Allies, Advocates, and Accomplices

Readings for Everyone

The following information, originally taken from PeerNetBC, was obtained from the Anti-Oppression Network (


an active, consistent, and arduous practice of unlearning and re-evaluating, in which a person in a position of privilege and power seeks to operate in solidarity with a marginalized group

  • allyship is not an identity—it is a lifelong process of building relationships based on trust, consistency, and accountability with marginalized individuals and/or groups of people
  • allyship is not self-defined—our work and our efforts must be recognized by the people we seek to ally ourselves with
    • it is important to be intentional in how we frame the work we do,
      i.e. we are showing support for…, we are showing our commitment to ending [a system of oppression] by…, we are using our privilege to help by…

We all add diversity to our community and we all have learning to do about how to interact with and think about groups to which we ourselves don’t belong. Here is a list of resources you can use to learn more.

General Reading


  • A Note From Your Hearing-Impaired Colleagues: Just Use a Microphone Already – The Chronicle of Higher Education – “It’s not about how you feel using a microphone. It’s about how others can best hear.”
  • Ableism/Language – This post discusses the way Ableist Language perpetuates systems that are oppressive to some people and is experienced as a type of violence. It is meant to help us be aware of how our language and the ways those of us who can, can work the change our language to be more inclusive.

Black and African Americans



Native and Indigenous

  • ALLYSHIP – The Anti-Oppression Network is a coalition of individuals and groups dedicated to working towards liberation, decolonization, anti-oppression and intersectionality (representing diverse minority groups). This page lays out roles and responsibilities of people seeking to engage in allyship.
  • Changing the Narrative about Native Americans: A Guide for Allies – This is a 44 page long guide to help people unlearn false and harmful narratives about Native American Peoples, learn history and ways to support positive new narratives.
  • Indigenous allyship: An overview (and Toolkit) – “This document will act as a resource for non-Indigenous people seeking to become allies to Aboriginal people. To help allies understand the struggle for decolonization and nationhood and what effective allyship to Aboriginal peoples means.”
  • How to Be An Ally To Indigenous People – Indigenous Perspectives Society: “While a few Indigenous people have taken on the task of educating all of us about our collective history, while at the same time healing their own deep wounds, this work is not their responsibility alone. Allies need to take on the task of social transformation, and share the responsibility of ensuring we move into a future built on integrity, good relationships, and trust.” Includes a link to an “Ally Bill of Responsibilities” and a list of resources.
  • What Every Teacher Needs to Know to Teach Native American Students – This article discusses the cultural learning styles of Native students in relation to classroom environments that often interfere with the way Native students learn, and offers promising practices.

Women and Gender

For Further Study: Books and Additional Materials

Micro-aggressions: Derald Wing Sue

Implicit Bias and Interventions

Bystander Intervention

  • EMS has partnered with Penn State’s Stand For State Program to offer a series of scenario-based discussions for faculty, staff, post-docs, and graduate students to “build awareness of situations that are problematic” and “brainstorm proactive choices that lead towards creating a more inclusive and supportive environment for all.” Visit the Bystander Intervention webpage.

Inclusive Instructional Environments

Workshops, Discussions, and Training

If you are interested in increasing your facility with diversity, equity, and inclusion, there are several options for learning more.

  • Penn State Learning Resources Network – offers a number of courses at no cost, both online or in-person. (Access ID login required). Under “Browse for Training,” click on “Business Skills” then “Diversity/Inclusion” Or use the search bar.
  • Affirmative Action Office Diversity Education Services – offers workshops for faculty and staff. View website for a list of available professional development programs. Customized programs can also be developed to suit the needs of individual departments.
  • Safer People Safer Places – offers regular workshops, including the pre-requisite “Safer People Safer Places – LGBTQ Foundations Workshop.” Visit website to view available workshops.
  • Stand for State – Penn State’s bystander intervention program focusies on sexual and relationship violence, mental health concerns, acts of bias, and risky drinking and drug use, with workshops open to students as well as faculty and staff. Stand For State promotes a simple methodology of 3Ds: Direct interaction, Distraction, and/or Delegation to guide responses that bystanders can undertake in any situation.

Helping a Student in Distress