Ralston Center's

Diversity, Respect, Equity and Inclusion Task Force

Recommended Resource List

The charge of this Task Force is "to undertake a thorough review of all Ralston policies and practices; to identify needed training and education; to assure engagement of all in hard, but necessary, conversations; and to produce a set of recommendations and a timeline of actions to enhance diversity, respect, equity and inclusion in all aspects of our organization. 

The members of the Task Force would like to share these resources with you.

ted talks

How to Foster true diversity and inclusion at work and in your community:

The US Needs a radical revolution of values:



This is a 2016 American documentary film by director Ava DuVernay. The film explores the intersection of race, justice and incarceration in he United States and is titled after the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, adopted in 1865, which abolished slavery throughout the United States.

Susan La Flesche Picotte: The First American Indian Doctor

PBS Film

Susan La Flesche Picotte (1865-1915) grew up on the Omaha Reservation in Nebraska at a time when the U.S. government was forcing American Indian tribes onto reservations and mandating their assimilation into white society. Picotte graduated from Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1889 and overcame racial and gender inequality and became the first American Indian female physician. She spent her career making house calls on foot and horse-drawn buggy across its 1,350 square miles. Picotte was a community leader, working tirelessly for her tribe to combat the theft of American Indian land and public health crises including the spread of tuberculosis and alcoholism. In 1913, Picotte fulfilled her lifelong dream of founding a hospital on the Omaha reservation.

Americans In The Spanish Civil War Posted May 29 2019

Americans in the Spanish Civil War Part 1

Americans in the Spanish Civil War Part 2

International volunteers rushed to Spain in 1936 after General Francisco Franco led a military coup against the Spanish Republic. Adam Hochschild, author of Spain In Our Hearts, brings to life remarkable characters in this bloody and bitter conflict that consumed Spain for 3 years. 80 years ago this spring the conflict ended, leaving the country under three decades of military dictatorship.


The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together by Heather McGhee.  Publication Date: February 16, 2021. ASIN - B0871KZQ3G.

Condemnation of Blackness by Khalil Muhammad. Publication Date: July 22, 2019. ISBN-10 0674238141, ISBN-13 ‏978-0674238145. 

The Man Who Lived Underground by Richard Wright. Publication Date: April 20, 2021. ISBN-10 1598536761, ISBN-13‎ 978-1598536768

Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments by Saidiya Hartman. Publication Date: January 14, 2020.ISBN-10 0393357627, ISBN-13 978-0393357622

Afropessimism by Frank B. Wilderson III. Publication Date: April 7, 2020. ISBN-10 163149614X, ISBN-13 978-1631496141.

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson.  Publication Date: October 4, 2011. ISBN-10 0679763880, ISBN-13 978-0679763888.

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. Publication Date: August 13, 2020.  ISBN 9780525509288.

Caste by Isabel Wilkerson.  Publication Date: August, 2020. ISBN-10: 0593230256, ISBN-13: 978-0593230251


The Impact of Unconscious Bias in Healthcare: How to Recognize and Mitigate it. Publication Date: August 20, 2019. https://academic.oup.com/jid/article/220/Supplement_2/S62/5552356

African American Older Adults and Race-Related Stress:  How Aging and Health-Care Providers Can Help. Publication Date: December, 2018. https://www.apa.org/pi/aging/resources/african-american-stress.pdf


Episode 7: The Connection Between Racism and Accelerated Aging. Publication Date: February 28, 2020. https://news.gsu.edu/podcast/episode-7-the-connection-between-racism-and-accelerated-aging/