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Center Library

Welcome to the Diversity Center's virtual gallery of books. Literature is a powerful way to motivate empathy and critical thinking in students regarding issues of diversity and social justice. We have curated an extensive collection of contemporary narrative nonfiction, fiction, and social analysis/activism books on a range of issues. Included are memoirs, ethnographic and journalistic accounts, traditional novels, graphic novels, and science fiction/fantasy titles. Click on the book cover for a book description. The book covers are organized by genre and alphabetized by book title. A corresponding book list with publication information is provided. For strategies on how to integrate literature into your courses, visit the Diversity Center's Educator|Resource where we present Social Justice 101: Teaching Empathy and Critical Thinking Using Books and Making Space for Free-Choice Reading Alongside Textbooks in Social Work Generalist Courses, plus more curricular resources

Narrative Nonfiction

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Homeward.jpg Hundreds-of-Interlaced-Fingers.jpg I-Know-Why-the-Caged-Bird-Sings.jpg
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Nonfiction Graphic Novels

Fiction 

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        Science Fiction/Fantasy

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        Fiction Graphic Novels

Social Analysis/Activism

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Becoming-Transnational-Youth-Workers.jpg Becoming-Wise-an-Inquiry-into-the-Mystery-and-Art-of-Living.jpg Biological-Exuberance.jpg
The-Case-Against-Free-Speech.jpg The-Class-Ceiling.jpg
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The-Social-Transformation-of-American-Medicine.jpg Stamped-from-the-Beginning.jpg Unequal-City.jpg
     

Featured Book 

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Redefining Realness, Janet Mock’s memoir of her coming of age as a transgender woman.