Category Archives: University professionals

40 Resources Posted

Working from recommendations from Extension professionals across the country, the Rapid Response Team has identified 40 resources that seem to be well-suited to the work of civil dialogue around race relations.  A short blog is posted about each one and provides a brief overview of the resource, contact information, target audience, and a URL.   You can browse these by scrolling through the blog posts or by going to the “Explore Resources” tab for a listing that links the resources to their respective blog posts.  Also, if you have a resource to list, see the tab for instructions on making a recommendation.


Now Is the Time

Contact:  Cathleen Love,

Description:  This report provides practical tools for identifying and assessing diversity on your campus, including an innovative, self-administered reflective questioning process to identify strengths, weaknesses and potential remedial steps. Also included are suggested processes for engaging a campus-wide conversation that leads to personal and institutional change.


Keywords:  Diversity, Higher Education

Target Audiences:  University personnel

Can the Practice of Mindfulness Reduce Unconscious Racial Bias?

Contact:  Karen Pace,

Description:  Efforts to create inclusive and equitable settings may be strengthened by including the practice of mindfulness.  This short article provides some starting thoughts.


Keywords:   Mindfulness, racial bias

Target Audiences:   Communities, Extension professionals, university professionals

Annotated Bibliography of Structural Racism Present in the U.S. Food System

Contact:  Rich Pirog,

Description:  This annotated bibliography provides current research and outreach on structural racism in the U.S. food system for the food system practitioner, researcher, and educator. Structural racism in the United States has been defined as the “normalization and legitimization of an array of dynamics—historical, cultural, institutional, and interpersonal—that routinely advantage whites while producing cumulative and chronic outcomes for people of color.”


Keywords:   Food systems, structural racism

Target Audiences:  Food system practioners, Extension professionals, researchers, educators

Tips for Talking about Race

Contact:  Division of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity, University of Missouri,

Description:  This 3-page document provides strategies for thoughtfully engaging in conversations about race.


Keywords:  Facilitation, race

Target Audiences:  Academicians, university personnel, Extension professionals

Facilitator Guide for Departmental Discussions about Race

Contact:  Division of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity, University of Missouri,

Description:  The purpose of this guide, developed by the University of Missouri, is to provide suggestions for ways to begin conversations about race in a departmental meeting. Steps that can be taken by a facilitator before a meeting, at the beginning of a meeting, and during a meeting are identified.


Keywords:  facilitation, race

Target Audiences:  academicians, university personnel

Diversity, Difference and Conflict: Awareness and Skill-Building for Enhancing Workplace Effectiveness

Contact:  Marlo Goldstein Hode,

Description:  Diversity, Difference, and Conflict: Awareness and Skill-Building for Enhancing Workplace Effectiveness is an online training module developed at the University of Missouri. Participants have the opportunity to learn:

  1. How to handle conflicts with people who are like them,
  2. How to handle conflict with people different from them,
  3. Different approaches to conflict,
  4. How to understand themselves and others in conflict, and
  5. To reflect on their findings for practical application


Keywords:  conflict resolution

Target Audiences:  University professionals, community, Extension professionals