Resources for Anti-Racist Education and Action

This website was originally created in Summer 2020 to support the Stanford SoM community in identifying ways to contribute to  the movements for justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and others, as well as to the larger movements to end police violence. In the wake of a year of increased violence against the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, we have added resources specific to their histories and experiences in the United States. This list includes resources for those wanting to understand more about systemic racism and anti-racism. We recognize that this list is in no way exhaustive and encourage you to send additional resources and suggestions so that we can continue to expand it.

Stanford Medicine holds diversity and inclusion as a core value; the Teaching and Mentoring Academy recognizes that it is up to each of us to do our part—individually as well as collectively—to ensure that we understand how our words, actions (and in some moments our silence or inaction), curriculum, pedagogical choices, and course materials advance or work against those values. We also have an obligation to examine our own biases and beliefs as part of this process. As Ibram X. Kendi explains in his book How to be an Antiracist, “No one becomes a racist or antiracist. We can only strive to be one or the other. We can unknowingly strive to be racist. We can knowingly strive to be antiracist. Like fighting an addiction, being an antiracist requires persistent self-awareness, constant self-criticism, and regular self-examination.”

In summer 2020 we witnessed a long-overdue response to anti-Black racism; we also recognize that the fight to end racism against all people of color requires our constant vigilance, even when a hashtag is not trending. In this spirit, we share these resources and host them on our website to encourage dialogue, on-going education and self-examination, through which we can strive to do better in every moment. 

We welcome suggestions and comments on the resources listed here. Please contact Christine Schirmer (cschirmer@stanford.edu).