The Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Team Monthly Picks

The JEDI team makes monthly content recommendations to create dialogue with those interested in following along. If you prefer not to purchase recommended books, please check first with members of the JEDI team to borrow their copies, or check your local libraries! 

December 2021 Selections

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bell hooks
Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom
England: Routledge, 2014

“I don’t even know where to start because reading this book was so eye-opening and affirming for me as an educator. I’m currently in deep preparation for my graduate course – GRAD210: Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Academic Leadership – and the deep teachings and wisdom in Teaching to Transgress focused on the importance of providing and offering a teaching and learning environment where all students and the instructors are responsible for a learning environment that ‘respects and cares for the souls of our students’, and where risk taking and vulnerability are rewarded and serve as an important element to empower students to learn and challenge one another and the instructor. By reading Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom by bell hooks, it is my hope that we can create and sustain powerful and long-lasting teaching environments for the current and future generations of students to learn and make our society more equitable, inclusive, and just.” 

– Dr. D'Anne Duncan, Assistant Dean for Diversity and Learner Success

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Brandi T. Summers
"Untimely Futures"
Places Journal, November 2021

“With the continual dispossession of the land of Indigenous Peoples on the top of my mind, this article by Dr. Summers illuminated the ongoing project of dispossession in the U.S. that continues to deny Black people the basic necessity of shelter.   

“Being in the Bay, I felt compelled to highlight the work of a scholar from the community and their research on our community. Personally, I have family that has lived generations in the historically black neighborhood of West Oakland (home of the Black Panther Party). In fact, the first place I lived in Oakland, during a summer in undergrad and part of my time in graduate school, was in my cousin’s house on 10th and Adeline. Now, most of this family is gone from this neighborhood due to the high costs of housing from gentrification. This article demonstrates how that came to be.”

– Zachary Smith, Diversity and Outreach Program Manager

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Ice Cube and Angela Davis
"Nappy Happy"
Transition 58, no. 1 (1992): 174-192

“I discovered this interview at a pivotal time while working on my master's thesis, which examined rap artists' intellectual capabilities during hip hop's "golden era" from 1987-1993. As I fell in love with Ice Cube's machismo and aggressive style, this interview – along with works by Charise Cheney, Barbara Ransby and Tracye Matthews, and bell hooks – challenged my views on masculinity, gender, sexuality, and Blackness. Angela Davis forced Ice Cube to think broader about Black familial bonds and how Eurocentric forms of patriarchy weighed on African Americans. I did my own self-reflection at the time and viewed everything differently, including rappers and rap music and my own relationships. This conversation has stood the test of time and I am forever thankful for their humility and vulnerability.”

– Antoine S. Johnson, Rosenberg-Hill Graduate Research Fellow, 2021-2022

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