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Finding Resources to Support Cal Poly's Diversity Learning Objectives
This guide is designed to help you identify discipline specific resources for incorporating Cal Poly's Diversity Learning Objectives into your courses. Each section addresses components of a DLO, and presents example resources and a strategy for finding more. Each information source and example can relate to more than one DLO, and are just included to illustrate the specificity of available resources. Leyla is happy to work with you individually or in groups to help you approach your search, and welcomes input on how to improve or augment this guide.
Contributions of members of historically marginalized groups to knowledge and civilization
California Cultures online exhibit in Calisphere
California Cultures documents California's rich history of diversity and multicultural contributions. The California Cultures project was specially charged with correcting the historic lack of digitized primary source materials for four major ethnic groups: African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans. More than 20,000 photographs, documents, and other materials tell their stories, struggles, and contributions. Explore California Cultures by jumping into each of the four themes; or read the six historical essays to learn how California's diversity has evolved over time.
This blog post describes how to get involved in enhancing the representation of diverse scientists in Wikipedia.
Search beyond the predominant sources in your discipline
International and Multilingual Information Sources
Systematic reviews and other formal evidence syntheses seek to minimize the effects of various kinds of bias on our understanding of a topic through transparent methodology and inclusion of grey literature and unpublished information. You can find them in dedicated repositories, or by including them as a concept in your search (some databases provide a filter option for Systematic Reviews).
Consider the possibility of language bias in information dissemination: "Studies publishing positive results might also be more likely to publish in English. Reading and using only English language research could provide a biased assessment of a topic" (Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, 2021)
"Shifting California Agriculture towards social, economic and environmental justice requires a clear-eyed understanding of how and why the current agricultural system developed." "Cal Ag Roots puts historical roots under current California food and farming change movements by telling the story of California agricultural development in innovative, useful and relevant ways."
Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems
This tool offers an expansive list of metrics that U.S. food system practitioners and food movement organizations can use to hold ourselves accountable for progress towards a more equitable food system. The metrics are either currently in use or are recommended by food system practitioners and food movement organizations in the United States. The metrics are described, cited, and organized by themes: food access, food and farm business, food chain labor, food movement.
This annotated bibliography provides current research and outreach on structural racism in the U.S. food system for the food system practitioner, researcher, educator, and advocate. https://www.canr.msu.edu/resources/structural_racism_in_us_food_system
Search for your topic in the literature of sociology and other disciplines interested in societal structures.
Ethnic Newswatch is a full-text database of newspapers, magazines and journals from the ethnic, minority and native press. This is a good source for locating articles that provide different perspectives from mainstream media. 1990-present.
Institutions and structures that offer redress to social, economic, and political inequality
Open internet searches can introduce you to relevant organizations and efforts.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is creating an Equity Commission to advise the Secretary of Agriculture and provide USDA with an analysis of how its programs, policies, systems, structures, and practices that contribute to barriers to inclusion or access, systemic discrimination, or exacerbate or perpetuate racial, economic, health and social disparities and recommendations for action.
Lawrence, Blake J., et al. “Weight Bias Among Health Care Professionals: A Systematic Review and Meta‐analysis.” Obesity (Silver Spring, Md.), 2021, https://doi.org/10.1002/oby.23266.
Representation in research priorities
Hutchins, K.P., Borg, D.N., Bach, A.J.E. et al. Female (Under) Representation in Exercise Thermoregulation Research. Sports Med - Open 7, 43 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1186/s40798-021-00334-6
Food Consumption in Global Perspective by J. Klein (Editor); A. Murcott (Editor)
Publication Date: 2014-07-23
With studies of China, India, West Africa, South America and Europe, this book provides a global perspective on food consumption in the modern world. Combing ethnographic, historical and comparative analyses, the volume celebrates the contributions of Jack Goody to the anthropology of food.