Reading Resources

The first step to becoming more inclusive is learning new perspectives about the culture around you. Take a look at Sharon Orlopp’s list of her favorite readings and open your mind.

Articles

The Swimming Pool Incident by Sharon Orlopp

I Am Woman by Sharon Orlopp

I Never Do a Good Enough Job by Sharon Orlopp

Discussing Controversial Topics by Sharon Orlopp

Dining at the Religious Smorgasbord by Sharon Orlopp

Our Different Lenses by Sharon Orlopp

Why White Men Matter by Sharon Orlopp

We Are All Michael Brown and Darren Wilson by Sharon Orlopp

 

Books

Sharon’s Favorites

Five Books Every Diversity Professional Should Read

Robust List of Diversity Books

7 Books that Teach Kids about Diversity

50 Best Culturally Diverse Children’s Books

Difference Works: Improving Retention, Productivity, and Profitability Through Inclusion by Caroline Turner

Everyone Communicates, Few Connect by John Maxwell

Inclusion: The New Competitive Business Advantage by Shirley Engelmeier

Micromessaging: Why Great Leadership is Beyond Words by Stephen Young

Moving Diversity Forward by Verna Myers

Ouch! That Stereotype Hurts: Communicating Respectfully in a Diverse World by Leslie Aguilar

Speak Up! Responding to Everyday Bigotry by Southern Poverty Law Center

What If? Short Stories to Spark Diversity Dialogue by Steve L. Robbins

What If I Say The Wrong Thing?  25 Habits for Culturally Effective People by Verna Myers

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? By Beverly Tatum

 

General

100 Lessons in Diversity: Learning About Yourself and Others by Stanley Bongwe

Becoming an Inclusive Leader by Shirley Engelmeier

Breaking Through: The Making of Minority Executives in Corporate America by David Thomas & John Gabarro

Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights by Kenji Yoshino

Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority by Tim Wise

Difference Works: Improving Retention, Productivity, and Profitability Through Inclusion by Caroline Turner

Discrimination by Default: How Racism Becomes Routine by Lu-In Wang

Giraffe and Elephant: A Diversity Fable by Roosevelt Thomas

Giving Voice to Values: How to Speak Your Mind When You Know What’s Right by Mary Gentile

Micromessaging: Why Great Leadership is Beyond Words by Stephen Young

Moving Diversity Forward: How to Go From Well-Meaning to Well-Doing  by Verna Myers

Ouch! That Stereotype Hurts: Communicating Respectfully in a Diverse World by Leslie Aguilar

Speak Up! Responding to Everyday Bigotry by Southern Poverty Law Center

The Inclusion Paradox by Andres Tapia

The Price of Inequality: How Today’s Divided Society Endangers Our Future by Joseph Stiglitz

Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving

What If? Short Stories to Spark Diversity Dialogue by Steve Robbins

What If I Say The Wrong Thing? 25 Habits for Culturally Effective People by Verna Myers

White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson

 

Women

A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity by Nichlas Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn

How Remarkable Women Lead by Joanna Barsh & Susie Cranston

How to be Like Women of Influence by Pat and Ruth Williams

Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

The Athena Doctrine: How Women and the Men Who Think Like Them Will Rule the Future by John Gerzema & Michael D’Antonio

The Confidence Code by Katty Kay & Claire Shipman

The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan

The Libra Solution: Shedding Excess and Redefining Success at Work and at Home by Lisa D’Annolfo Levey

The Third Law by Tamra Ryan

The Woman Code: 20 Powerful Keys to Unlock Your Life by Sophia Nelson

Thrive by Arianna Huffington

Unfinished Business: Women, Men, Work, Family by Anne-Marie Slaughter

Why Women: The Leadership Imperative to Advancing Women and Engaging Men by Jeffery Tobias Halter

Women World Leaders by Laura Liswood

 

Biographies/Autobiographies

A Chance in The World by Steve Pemberton

Dare to Dream by Felicia Mabuza-Suttle

Dare to Take Charge by Judge Glenda Hatchett

Forgetting to be Afraid by Wendy Davis

Letters to My Daughters by Fawzia Koofi

My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem

Muzzled: The Assault on Honest Debate by Juan Williams

The Courage to Hope: How I Stood Up to the Politics of Fear by Shirley Sherrod

The Invitation by Clifton Taulbert

 

Introverts

Quiet Influence: The Introvert’s Guide to Making a Difference by Jennifer Kahnweiler

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extravert World by Marti Olsen Laney

 

Disability/Differently Abled

I Can See Clearly: A Different Look at Leadership by Steve Hanamura

Reading Lips by Diane and Philip Scharper

 

LGBT

Are You Guys Brothers? by Brian McNaught

Gay Issues in the Workplace by Brian McNaught

God Believes in Love: Straight Talk About Gay Marriage by Gene Robinson

Making Gay History by Eric Marcus

Speak Now: Marriage Equality on Trial by Kenji Yoshino

The Book of Matt: Hidden Truths About the Murder of Matthew Shepard by Stephen Jimenez

What the Bible Really Says About Homosexuality by Daniel Helminiak

 

Native American Indian

Mankiller: A Chief and Her People by Wilma Mankiller

 

Articles

Written by or about Sharon Orlopp University of Arkansas 

Diversity Inc.

Diversity Best Practices: The Swimming Pool Incident

University of Denver alumna article 

Diversity Central article/interview about diversity strategy

Hispanic PR Interview 

Diversity Woman article/interview 

We are all Michael Brown and Darren Wilson published by Diversity Journal – also published by Diversity Best Practices

I Never do a Good Enough Job published by Network of Executive Women 

Huffington Post Article

 

Quotes

Brainy Quotes About Diversity

235 Quotes About Diversity

12 Empowering and Inspiring Quotes About Diversity