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Immerse yourself: read books, listen to podcasts and watch films about racism, discrimination and the colonial past.

Articles and books

Lynn M. Shorea, Jeanette N. Cleveland, Diana Sanchez, Inclusive workplaces: A review and model, Human Resource Management Review (2017)

Claartje J. Vinkenburg, Engaging Gatekeepers, Optimizing Decision Making, and Mitigating Bias: Design Specifications for Systemic Diversity Interventions. The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 2017, Vol. 53(2) 212–234

Tanachia Ashikali, Sandra Groeneveld, and Ben Kuipers, The Role of Inclusive Leadership in Supporting an Inclusive Climate, Diverse Public Sector Teams, Review of Public Personnel Administration 2020: 1–23

Bhambra, Gurminder K., Gebrial, Dalia, Nişancıoğlu, Kerem, Decolonising the University, Pluto Press, 2018.

Why I am no longer talking to white people about race (Waarom ik niet langer met witte mensen over racisme praat) - Reni Eddo-Lodge 

Every voice raised against racism chips away at its power. We cant afford to stay silent. This book is an attempt to speak the book that sparked a national conversation. Exploring everything from eradicated black history to the inextricable link between class and race, Why Im No Longer Talking to White People About Race is the essential handbook for anyone who wants to understand race relations in Britain Today. 

Hallo witte mensen! - Anousha Nzume (only in Dutch)

Based on personal anecdotes, scientific publications and discussions with experts, this book is an accessible guide to understanding racism.

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism - Robin DiAngelo 

The New York Times best-selling book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged that serve to maintain racial inequality.

How To Be An Antiracist - Ibram Kendi 

Kendi weaves an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science with his own personal story of awakening to antiracism. This is an essential work for anyone who wants to go beyond the awareness of racism to the next step: contributing to the formation of a just and equitable society.

Diversiteit is een Werkwoord [Dutch]

From March to September 2016, the Diversity Committee conducted research into diversity at the University of Amsterdam. This has resulted in a report that mapped the contours of diversity at the University of Amsterdam and provided policy advice. In doing so, the committee approached diversity in two ways: diversity of people and diversity in knowledge.

Kinderen en racisme: een handreiking voor opvoeders, onderwijzers en (groot)ouders – Humanistisch Verbond [Dutch]

This guide of the 'Humanist Association' intends to help parents and teachers to find a good way to discuss racism with children. The report was published in 2020.

Queer in Den Haag; veilig, zichtbaar en geaccepteerd – Gemeente Den Haag [Dutch]

Action programme (2020-2022) of the Municipality of The Hague to increase the safety, visibility and acceptance of queer people in the city.

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Let's talk about race

The National Museum of African American History and Culture (Smithsonian) launched the website to provide tools and guidance to empower and inspire conversation. It is the result of their signature program, 'Let's Talk! Teaching Race in the Classroom'.

Leiden Inclusion blog

The Leiden Inclusion Blog is a forum to share experiences and discuss current issues related to diversity and inclusion at Leiden University. Members of Leiden University are welcome to share news, activities, and stories with the wider University community. 

Facing History

This global organization with a network of teachers, brings the ‘Facing History and Ourselves’ programme to classrooms. Facing History helps students connect choices made in the past to those they will confront in their own lives. The lessons address racism, antisemitism, and prejudice at pivotal moments in history. 

Code Switch

What’s CODE SWITCH? It’s the fearless conversations about race that you’ve been waiting for! Hosted by journalists of color, our podcast tackles the subject of race head-on. We explore how it impacts every part of society – from politics and pop culture to history, sports and everything in between. This NPR podcast makes ALL OF US part of the conversation – because we’re all part of the story. 

1619 podcast

In August of 1619, a ship carrying more than 20 enslaved Africans arrived in the English colony of Virginia. America was not yet America, but this was the moment it began. No aspect of the country that would be formed here has been untouched by the 250 years of slavery that followed. On the 400th anniversary of this fateful moment, it is time to tell the story. 1619 is a New York Times audio series hosted by Nikole Hannah-Jones.


Black Sheep

Directed by Ed Perkins, Black Sheep tells the story of Cornelius Walker, whose life changed on 27 November 2000 - the day Damilola Taylor was killed. Damilola was 10, the same age as Cornelius. He lived five minutes away. The film was Guardian-commissioned and was nominated for best short documentary at the 2019 Oscars.


A young black man is verbally harassed by an older woman on a tramway, while the other passengers remain silent. He finally exacts his revenge… This short film received an Oscar in the short film category in 1994.

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