Diversity Resources

Thank you for your time and for helping our community maintain an open and honest dialogue. Please contact Betsy Brody or Loren Moye with suggestions or questions regarding the resources listed below.

Recommended Resources, Memberships & Affiliations

Upcoming Diversity Events

April 28-29: Bay Area Book Festival: The Bay Area is teeming with readers, writers, creators, and thinkers. We have harnessed the power of this community to create one of the premier literary festivals in the world. The Bay Area Book Festival is a two-day event complete with literary sessions presenting top authors from this region, the nation, and the world, along with an outdoor fair with hundreds of literary exhibitors. We also offer events for kids and writing contests. We even have a mini film festival — a series of ten films on literature — with BAMPFA.  We transform vibrant Downtown Berkeley into a literary utopia where readers of all ages and interests can find kindred spirits. 


Over the past 100 years, Americans from all walks of life have fought many inspiring battles against hatred, bigotry, racism, misogyny, and homophobia — yet today many of these hard-fought victories appear to be in jeopardy. Through powerful photographs taken by the world's leading photographers and evocative first-person essays from over a dozen noted writers, best-selling author Rick Smolan created The Good Fight: America's Ongoing Struggle for Justice to capture the sporadically violent, often triumphant, always risky struggles of Americans who have experienced hatred, oppression or bigotry because of their gender, skin color, beliefs and more over the past century.

May 3, 7 p.m:  Speaker event featuring Danny Glover: Award-winning actor, director, producer and humanitarian Activist Danny Glover will speak  at the Cathedral of the Christ of Light, 2121 Harrison St. in Oakland, presented by the Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center and Peralta Community College District.The event is part of the Barbara Lee and Elihu Harris lecture series, focused on “resisting oppression: constructing democracy.” Danny Glover is widely recognized as a leader in the fight for justice who advocates for unity between the battles for economic, civil and human rights, and peace. To reserve a seat at the free event, call  510-434-3988.

May 4 - 6: Axis Dance Company Presents:


AXIS will perform the headline work Radical Impact created by internationally renowned AXIS Artistic Director and Choreographer Marc Brew, in collaboration with JooWan Kim Artistic Director of Ensemble Mik Nawooj, and accompanied by a live string quartet. Other works featured in the triple bill include, The Reflective Surface choreographed by Bay Area notable Amy Sewiert, Artistic Director of Sacramento Ballet. The Reflective Surfaceoffers seamless partnering and precise unison set to an original score by musician Darren Johnston with exquisite lighting design by Allen Willner.  The program is rounded off with a newly commissioned work Historias rotas (Broken Stories) choreographed by Nadia Adame, former AXIS company dancer, with an original score by Paul Shapera. Historias rotas explores how we carry the baggage of our ancestors and how our experiences and identities are shaped by these stories.   Z SPACE | 450 FLORIDA STREET , SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94110| 415.626.0453

Thoughtstarters: Encouraging Honest Conversations

Food for Thought: Encouraging Honest Conversations

Teaching Tolerance: Bridge to the Ballot

"In March 1965, civil rights activists—including students and teachers—participated in a five-day, 54-mile march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. Their cause: voting rights for African Americans in the South. Their legacy: the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories of the civil rights era. This act banned racial discrimination in voting practices such as poll taxes and literacy tests and enfranchised millions of African Americans.

The Selma-to-Montgomery march is more than an isolated chapter in our history, and today it deserves more than just our commemoration. Barriers still exist to equal voting rights in the United States, but so does the commitment to justice and social change. By using these resources, you can teach the Selma-to-Montgomery legacy in the depth it deserves and empower your students to apply its lessons—including the power of the vote—in their own communities."

The March Continues: Five essential practices for teaching the civil rights movement  
Practice 1. Educate for empowerment.
Practice 2. Know how to talk about race.
Practice 3. Capture the unseen.
Practice 4. Resist telling a simple story.
Practice 5. Connect to the present.

In addition to recommended online resources from the History Channel, Discovery Education, PBS and Scholastic, below please find some of our favorite suggestions from Teaching Tolerance members.

"These titles point to oft-overlooked perspectives, especially those of the indigenous peoples affected by the advent of colonization in the “New World.” Thanksgiving offers not only an opportunity to clear up some historical mythology surrounding the Thanksgiving story and its aftermath; it’s also a chance to link the topic of colonial expansion to other national and international events, regime changes, independence struggles and migration patterns—factors that may even apply to students’ own experiences and those of their peers."

  • Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message by Chief Jake Swamp, illustrated by Erwin Printup Jr.
  • Encounter by Jane Yolen, illustrated by David Shannon
  • 1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving by Catherine O'Neil Grace and Margaret M. Bruchac
  • Rethinking Columbus: The Next 500 Years, edited by Bill Bigelow and Bob Peterson
  • Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong by James W. Loewen
  • A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn
  • A Different Mirror for Young People by Ronald Takaki, adapted by Rebecca Stefoff
Articles & Videos

"Rubbing Off"  by Allison Briscoe-Smith


"We're all Different (We're all the Same)"  by Bruce Duncan Perry, M.D., Ph.D.


"How white parents should talk to their young kids about race." by Melinda Wenner Moyer


White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh


The Right Hand of Privilege by Dr. Stephen Jones


What White Children Need to Know About Race by Ali Michael and Eleonora Bartoli


Article: Young people are confused about bias prejudice   by Jamelle Bouie


TED talk: Danger of a Single Story, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


Charles Blow, NY Times Op Ed






Vocabulary of Change: Angela Davis and Tim Wise in Conversation


Nothing to Add: A Challenge to White Silence in Racial Discussions, Robin DiAngelo


A Primer on Intersectionality - African-American Policy Forum


Beyond Multiculturalism: The Need to Understand Intersectionality, Jerome Atputhasingam


Overcoming Dyslexia, Finding Passion, Piper Otterbein at TEDxYouth


Cracking the Codes: Joy DeGruy, “A Trip to the Grocery Store”


The Revolutionary Optimists (Documentary)

Former attorney Amlan Ganguly doesn’t simply rescue children living in Calcutta’s slums. He empowers them to transform their own neighborhoods and lives—cleaning up trash dumps, going to school, reducing malaria infection. Follow Amlan and three of the children he works with as they fight for the better future he encourages them to believe can be theirs.


The Price of Privilege, Madeline Levine


What are You? Voices of Mixed-Race Young People, Pearl Fuyo Gaskins


White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son, Tim J. Wise


Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race, Beverly Tatum


March: Book One, Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell


Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do, Claude Steele


Outliers: The Story of Success, Malcom Gladwell


A Country of Strangers: Blacks and Whites in America, David Shipler


A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America, Ronald Takaki


Strangers from a Different Shore: A History of Asian Americans, Ronald Takaki

Websites & Online Resources

Map Your World: Map Your World empowers youth to explore issues and ideas that matter –- like clean drinking water, or food justice – then write surveys, collect data, and create maps to make change in their communities.


SEED Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity

In their local, year-long SEED seminars, SEED leaders and colleagues use their own experiences and those of their students and children to widen and deepen school and college curricula and make communities more inclusive.


Facing History and Ourselves Facing History and Ourselves provides ideas, methods, and tools that support the practical needs, and the spirits, of educators worldwide who share the goal of creating a better, more informed, and more thoughtful society.


Civil Rights Movement Vets This website is created by Veterans of the Southern Freedom Movement (1951-1968). It is where we tell it like it was, the way we lived it, the way we saw it, the way we still see it. With a few minor exceptions, everything on this site was written, created, or spoken by Movement activists who were direct participants in the events they chronicle.


Claude Steele Discussion about stereotype threat


EDchange.org EdChange is a team of passionate, experienced, established, educators dedicated to equity, diversity, multiculturalism, and social justice. With this shared vision, we have joined to collaborate in order to develop resources, workshops, and projects that contribute to progressive change in ourselves, our schools, and our society.


Edutopia Find resources to help build an inclusive school community for students from different cultural, socioeconomic, and linguistic backgrounds and for children with unique instructional needs.


International Museum of Women (I.M.O.W.) Untold stories of women claiming and exercising their power around the world and throughout history come alive in I.M.O.W.'s global online exhibition: Women, Power and Politics.


LBGT Inclusive Curriculum and Policies Toolkit_Groundspark


Zinn Education Project: Teaching a People’s History


National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS): Diversity and Inclusion


Teaching Tolerance anti-bias resources: PK/K,    Grades 1 and 2 ; Grades 3 - 5;  Grades 6 - 8


Speak Out!


Two perspectives on Ferguson: John McWhorter and Jasiri X

Memberships & Affiliations

Pact: Pact is a non-profit organization whose mission is to serve adopted children of color.  


The San Francisco LGBT Center The mission of the San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Community Center is to connect our diverse community to opportunities, resources and each other to achieve our vision of a stronger, healthier, and more equitable world for LGBT people and our allies.


Gender Spectrum  provides education, training and support to help create a gender sensitive and inclusive environment for children of all ages.


Teaching Tolerance A place for educators to find thought-provoking news, conversation and support for those who care about diversity, equal opportunity and respect for differences in schools.


Youth Speaks Committed to a critical, youth-centered pedagogy, Youth Speaks places young people in control of their intellectual and artistic development. We are urgently driven by the belief that literacy is a need, not a want, and that literacy comes in various forms.


Groundspark, Igniting change through film


Parents Education Network (PEN) is a coalition of parents collaborating with educators, students and the community to empower and bring academic and life success to students with learning and attention differences.


Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) At GLSEN, we want every student, in every school, to be valued and treated with respect, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. We believe that all students deserve a safe and affirming school environment where they can learn and grow.


Our Family Coalition advances equity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) families with children through support, education, and advocacy.

POCIS is a group of educators from diverse professional and personal backgrounds who believe that equity, inclusion, multiculturalism, and racial justice is integral to quality education for all.  We are a resource for parents, students and faculty alike.


COLAGE unites people with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer parents into a network of peers and supports them as they nurture and empower each other to be skilled, self-confident, and just leaders in our collective communities.


World Trust: Social Impact Through Film and Dialogue


Best Buddies is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

Resources for Families

SFDS Library Catalog

Our school’s Library Media Center (LMC) has nearly 21,000 volumes currently on hand, including a professional section for parents/guardians and teachers.  We invite you to explore our collection and discover something new!


KQED: Books that diversify reading lists


Scholastic Reading Club: Multicultural books


HandsOn Bay Area creates volunteer projects to connect you with schools, parks and people that need your help. HandsOn Bay Area staff works with local nonprofits, schools and parks to identify high-impact, group-based volunteer projects. These projects may meet an ongoing need of an organization or its clients, or they may be one-time, large-scale transformations of facilities or green spaces.


YouSTEM YouSTEM is a free web resource for K-12 students to find out about local programs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects.