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Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Resources for studying, reflecting, and taking action in issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (E.D.I.)

SCF Library Resources

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What Do Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Mean?


“Equity” is not the same as formal equality. Formal equality implies sameness. Equity, on the other hand, assumes difference and takes difference into account to ensure a fair process and, ultimately, a fair (or equitable) outcome. Equity recognizes that some groups were (and are) disadvantaged in accessing educational and employment opportunities and are, therefore, underrepresented or marginalized in many organizations and institutions. The effects of that exclusion often linger systemically within organizational policies, practices, and procedures. Equity, therefore, means increasing diversity by ameliorating conditions of disadvantaged groups.


“Diversity” Diversity can be defined as the sum of the ways that people are both alike and different. Visible diversity is generally those attributes or characteristics that are external. However, diversity goes beyond the external to internal characteristics that we choose to define as ‘invisible’ diversity. Invisible diversity includes those characteristics and attributes that are not readily seen. When we recognize, value, and embrace diversity, we are recognizing, valuing, and embracing the uniqueness of each individual. 


“Inclusion” means an environment in which all individuals are treated fairly and respectfully; are valued for their distinctive skills, experiences, and perspectives; have equal access to resources and opportunities; and can contribute fully to the organization’s success. 


Retrieved from the American Library Association's ODLOS Glossary of Terms.

Books & eBooks About D.E.I.-related Topics

Equality in Education: Fairness and Inclusion

"Equality in Education: Fairness and Inclusion" is a scholarly call to action. As the book reminds us, governments come and go and in doing so they busy themselves with policy to mark their patch. Inequality and exclusion remain stubborn foes that are proving to be somewhat impervious to glossy policy pronouncements.

Diversity and Inclusion in Organizations

In view of the growing cultural diversity in worldwide organizations, the primary goals of this issue are to (a) advance theory and research on diversity and inclusion in organizations, (b) present new theoretical frameworks to foster future research, and (c) consider a variety of diversity-related issues that have key implications for research and practice. It includes twelve very interesting articles that focus on an array of diversity-related issues including multiculturalism, gender, stereotypes of racial minorities, effect sizes in diversity research, diversity training, LGBT issues, age, and racial harassment, etc.


From one of the world's leading experts on unconscious racial bias come stories, science, and strategies to address one of the central controversies of our time How do we talk about bias? How do we address racial disparities and inequities? What role do our institutions play in creating, maintaining, and magnifying those inequities? What role do we play?


Provides an invaluable primer on how culturally accepted stereotypes are impacting people throughout the United States. Stereotypes--both intentional and unconscious--and the harms they cause are increasingly featuring in the news. Here a team of top researchers examines current and emerging research on how stereotypes begin, grow, and harm the members of society--and what can be done to stop them.

Algorithms of Oppression

In Algorithms of Oppression, Safiya Umoja Noble challenges the idea that search engines like Google offer an equal playing field for all forms of ideas, identities, and activities. Data discrimination is a real social problem; Noble argues that the combination of private interests in promoting certain sites, along with the monopoly status of a relatively small number of Internet search engines, leads to a biased set of search algorithms that privilege whiteness and discriminate against people of color, specifically women of color.

Cultural Diversity in Health and Illness

The seventh edition of this well-respected book continues to promote an awareness of the dimensions and complexities involved in caring for people from diverse cultural backgrounds. Completely revised and updated, it examines the differences existing within North America by probing the health care system and consumers, and examples of traditional health beliefs and practices among selected populations.

Rethinking Multicultural Education

With more than 100 pages of new material, Rethinking Multicultural Education demonstrates a powerful vision of anti-racist, social justice education. Practical, rich in story, and analytically sharp.

Educators for Diverse Classrooms: A Case Study Approach to Equity and Inclusion in Education

Given the constantly changing student demographics in our public schools, teacher educators are tasked with preparing teacher candidates with reflective and critical teaching insights for reaching the needs and identities of all of our students. The authors contend that teacher educators can use controversial case study narratives to help encourage reflective thought on the ethical decision-making teachers face in complicated and sensitive issues.

Cultural Proficiency: A Manual for School Leaders

What leaders love most is the way Cultural Proficiency lays the groundwork for powerful organizational growth with resources to: Engage colleagues in collaborative dialogue about creating powerful teaching and learning environments Recognize and respond to both individual and group differences to break down barriers Use the Cultural Proficiency Continuum to assess the limitations of school practices and identify opportunities to shift the culture

Whiteness and Class in Education

The author uses ethnographic, biographical and documentary research to show how whiteness 'works' in education. The book also considers policy issues, and discusses how critical whiteness studies might function in anti-racist practice, shows how 'white supremacy' continues to dominate educational discourse and practice and discusses how this can be resisted.

The Violence of Hate

The Violence of Hate, Fourth Edition presents a systematic introduction to issues related to the sociology and social psychology of hate and violence as they target people who are different in socially significant ways. It offers an integrated perspective on the causes and consequences of hate-motivated violence and the reasons we have not always been effective in stopping it.

Educating for Social Justice in Early Childhood

Bringing together scholarship and examples from practice, this book explores ways in which early childhood curriculum - including classroom practices and community contexts - can more actively engage with a range of social justice issues, democratic principles and anti-oppressive practices.

Privilege Through the Looking-Glass

This volume applies an intersectional perspective to explore how race, class, gender, sexuality, education, and ableness converge, creating the basis for privilege and oppression. Privilege Through the Looking-Glass encourages readers to engage in self and social reflection, and can be used in a range of courses in sociology, social work, communication, education, gender studies, and African American studies. Each chapter includes discussion questions and/or activities for further engagement

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SCF Statement of Non Discrimination

State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota does not discriminate on the basis of sex, pregnancy, race, religion, age, national origin/ethnicity, color, marital status, disability, genetic information or sexual orientation in any of its educational programs, services and activities, including admission and employment. Direct inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies to: Equity Officer, (941) 752-5323, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34207.

State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota no discrimina en base a sexo, embarazo, raza, religión, edad, origen nacional/origen étnico, color, estado civil, discapacidad, información genética o la orientación sexual en cualquiera de sus programas educativos, servicios y actividades, incluyendo la admisión y empleo. Dirija las consultas sobre las normas de no discriminación a: Equity Officer, (941) 752-5323, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34207.


Dr. Brenda Pinkney Named Director of Diversity and Inclusion

Dr. Brenda Pinkney at or 941-752-5309.


SCF Student Services: Title IX

What is Title IX?
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination based on sex in any educational program or activity that receives financial support from the Federal government. Under Title IX, discrimination based on sex includes sexual harassment, sexual violence and sexual assault. Title IX also prohibits retaliation against individuals who complain about or participate in an investigation regarding an alleged Title IX violation.

Get more information or report in this Safe Harbor page.

Deputy Title IX Coordinators:

  • Employees Contact: Paul Berkle at (941) 752-5599 or
    Human Resources, SCF Bradenton campus, Building 7, Room 121 
  • Students Contact: Susanne Walters at (941) 752-5603 or
    Student Support Services, SCF Bradenton, Building 1, Suite 207, Room 212
  • SCF Collegiate School Students Contact: Dr. Karen Peck at (941) 408-1430 or
    Office Location Venice Campus Building 800, Room 809


SCF Staff: Human Resources

Equity Officer: Paul Berkle 
5840 26th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34207; (941) 752-5599

ADA Coordinator: Kenisha Roney 
5840 26th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34207; (941) 752-5323

Section 504 Coordinator: Paul Berkle
5840 26th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34207; (941) 752-5599

SCF Diversity & Multicultural Awareness Committee (DMAC)