Racial Inequity and Community Engagement Knowledge Hub

October 5, 2021

Curated by: Clayton Hurd, Campus Compact

This knowledge hub includes up-to-date reading and resources relevant to racial equity and anti-racism work in higher education community engagement. To add a resource to the collection, please contact clayton.hurd@compact.org. 

Articles/books on Race, Anti-Racism, and Community Engagement

Aebersold, A. Antiracist Pedagogy Reading List.  University of California, Irvine

Becker, S., & Paul, C. (2015). “It didn’t seem like race mattered”: Exploring the implications of service-learning pedagogy for reproducing or challenging color-blind racism. Teaching Sociology 43(3), 184–200. https://doi.org/10.1177/0092055X15587987 

Bocci, M. (2015). Service-learning and white normativity: Racial representation in service-learning’s historical narrative. Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning 22(1), 5-17. 

Brewster, K. R. (2019). Transformative and transformed: Examining the critical potential of service learner positional identities, Equity & Excellence in Education 51(3–4), 347–361. https://doi.org/10.1080/10665684.2018.1546152

Cabrera, N. L. (2017). White immunity: Working through some of the pedagogical pitfalls of “privilege.” Journal Committed to Social Change on Race and Ethnicity 3(1), 78–90. https://journals.shareok.org/jcscore/article/view/33

 Cabrera, N. L., Franklin, J. D., & Watson, J. S. (2016). Whiteness in higher education: The invisible missing link in diversity and racial analyses. ASHE Higher Education Report 42(6), 7–125. https://doi.org/10.1002/aehe.20116

Castañeda, M., & In Krupczynski, J. (2017). Civic engagement in diverse Latinx communities: Learning from social justice partnerships in action. New York: Peter Lang. https://doi.org/10.3726/b11957

Endres, D. & Gould, M. (2009) “I am also in the position to use my whiteness to help them out”: The communication of whiteness in service learning, Western Journal of Communication 73(4), 418–436. https://doi.org/10.1080/10570310903279083  

 Foste, Z. (2020). The enlightenment narrative: White student leaders’ preoccupation with racial innocence. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education 13(1), 33–43. https://doi.org/10.1037/dhe0000113 

Foste, Z., & Jones, S. R. (2020). Narrating whiteness: A qualitative exploration of how white college students construct and give meaning to their racial location. Journal of College Student Development 61(2), 171–188. https://doi.org/10.1353/csd.2020.0016

 Green, A. E. (2003). Difficult stories: Service-learning, race, class, and white- ness. College Composition and Communication 55(2), 276–301. https://doi.org/10.2307/3594218

Gusa, D. L. (2010). White institutional presence: The impact of Whiteness on campus climate. Harvard Educational Review 80(4), 464–490. https://doi.org/10.17763/ haer.80.4.p5j483825u110002

 Harris, J. C. (2019). Whiteness as structuring property: Multiracial women students’ social interactions at a historically white institution. The Review of Higher Education 42(3), 1023–1050. https://doi.org/10.1353/rhe.2019.0028

Irwin, L. N. & Foste, Z. (2021). Service-Learning and Racial Capitalism: On the Commodification of People of Color for White Advancement. Review of Higher Education 44(4), 419-446. 

Mitchell, T. D. (2008). Traditional vs. critical service-learning: Engaging the literature to differentiate two models. Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning 14(2).

Mitchell, T. D., Donahue, D. M., & Young-Law, C. (2012). Service learning as a pedagogy of whiteness. Equity & Excellence in Education 45(4), 612-629.

Mitchell, T. D., & Donahue, D. M. (2009). “I do more service in this class than I ever do at my site”: Paying attention to the reflections of students of color in service-learning. In J. Strait & M. Lima (Eds.), The future of service-learning: New solutions for sustaining and improving practice (pp. 172–190). Stylus.

Mustaffa, J. B. (2017). Mapping violence, naming life: A history of anti-Black oppression in the higher education system. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education 30(8), 711–727. https://doi.org/10.1080/09518398.2017.1350299

Rose, J. & Paisley, K. (2012). White Privilege in Experiential Education: A Critical Reflection, Leisure Sciences: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 34(2), 136-154

 Santiago-Ortiz, A. (2019). From critical to decolonizing service-learning: Limits and possibilities of social justice-based approaches to community service-learning. Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning 24, 43-54.

Tuck E. (2009). Suspending damage: A letter to communities.  Harvard Educational Review 79(3), 409-427.

 Tuck. E. & Yang K. W. (2012). Decolonization is not a metaphor. Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society 1(1), 1-40.

 Warikoo, N. K. (2016). The diversity bargain: And other dilemmas of race, admissions, and meritocracy at elite universities. University of Chicago Press.

Webster, Nicole. (2021). Acknowledging the historical contributions of Black Youth’s civic engagement in society. Sociology Compass. 15. 10.1111/soc4.12871.

Yep, K. S., & Mitchell, T. D. (2017). Decolonizing community engagement: Re-imagining service learning through an ethnic studies lens. In C. Dolgon, T. D. Mitchell, & T. K. Eatman (Eds.), The Cambridge handbook of service learning and community engagement (pp. 294–303). Cambridge University Press.


 Anti-racism Resources

Reports, White Papers, and Documents

Essays and/or periodicals




This is a link to a Medium article written as response to a school district in Nebraska “apologizing” to police chiefs for teachers making an “honest mistake” of using the book.

Equity Analysis Resources


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