DIY Learning

Our DIY Learning page features suggestions for things to read, listen to, or watch. We also include workshops. If you have suggestions for other resources to add to this, please use the link below to recommend something. This is an eclectic list. For a more comprehensive list of resources, we recommend the Middlebury Library Anti Racism Guide.

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Leaning Into Discomfort

Leaning Into Discomfort with Middlebury Athletics is sponsored by the athletics Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee and aims to have uncomfortable conversations surrounding topics such as race, inclusion, equity and inclusion. The hope is that with this series we will normalize discussing some of these taboo topics as well as learn and grow stronger together as a community.

Anti Racism in Academia Workshop

Anti-Racism in Academia (ARiA): A Learning Journey is a grassroots, volunteer-led effort. We provide a way for higher ed employees to engage in self-examination through national, intersectional conversations. We believe in a shared humanity where open hearts open minds. We insist that change at the individual level complements work at the organizational level, and the strength of both can push forward the systemic transformations necessary to create an inherently inclusive and just academy.

The Stories We Tell Workshop Series

The first workshop in this series invites participants to reflect on their racial identity and share what they choose with a small group. We ask participants to enter their conversations with openness and kindness, and with the expectation that they are likely to be uncomfortable. One goal for beginning this process is to learn how to be with that discomfort. Click below to learn more or request a workshop for your group.

Code Switch

The Code Switch team of multiracial, multigenerational journalists explore how race affects every part of society — from politics and pop culture to history, food and everything in between.

Middlebury Libraries Anti-Racism Reading Guide

This reading guide holds works addressing topics of race, identity, and experience, and supports learning and thinking deeply about these ideas. All of these works explore our differences and commonalities. What is it like to live in a community where you sometimes feel as if you’re on the outside looking in? How does an individual and a community benefit from diversity and inclusion? How can we understand these issues and navigate them together?

The difference between being “not racist” and antiracist

"There is no such thing as being "not racist," says author and historian Ibram X. Kendi. In this vital conversation, he defines the transformative concept of antiracism to help us more clearly recognize, take responsibility for and reject prejudices in our public policies, workplaces and personal beliefs. Learn how you can actively use this awareness to uproot injustice and inequality in the world -- and replace it with love."

Optimistic and Depressed

"Trevor and guest host Dr. Tressie McMillan Cottom talk about why radical honesty around mental health can be liberating. Plus, they talk about Trevor's feelings of being an outsider growing up in apartheid South Africa, about why he believes another black man will be elected president of the United States before a woman, and about how he got so good at doing hair."

How to be an Antiracist

"Ibram X. Kendi's concept of antiracism reenergizes and reshapes the conversation about racial justice in America--but even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. Instead of working with the policies and system we have in place, Kendi asks us to think about what an antiracist society might look like, and how we can play an active role in building it."