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Diversity Resources for Working with Afro American Audiences

Updated on August 27, 2015 - 6:17 PM CDT
Posted on May 8, 2015 - 2:54 PM CDT

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NOTE: All recommendations for literature and resources below come from Rikki Shackelford, UC Berkeley, Space Sciences Lab.

Literature and Resources:

Claude M Steel. 2010.  Whistling Vivaldi and Other Clues to How Stereotypes Affect Us. New York: W,W Norton & Company.
This book by social psychologist and Columbia University provost, Claude Steele, is a splendid example of how psychologists can make valuable contributions to society. In the book, Steele writes about the work he and his colleagues have done on a phenomenon called stereotype threat, the tendency to expect, perceive, and be influenced by negative stereotypes about one’s social category, such as one’s age, sex, sexual orientation, ethnicity, profession, nationality, political affiliation, mental health status, and so on. (Description from book review by Positive Psychology News.)

Dr Joy DeGruy. 2005. Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America's Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing. Portland, OR: Uptone Press.
Dr. Joy DeGruy authored the book entitled Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing, which addresses the residual impacts of trauma on African Descendants in the Americas. Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome lays the groundwork for understanding how the past has influenced the present, and opens up the discussion of how we can eliminate non-productive attitudes, beliefs and adaptive behaviors and, build upon the strengths we have gained from the past to heal injuries of today. (Description from Dr. Joy DeGruy Published Works)

Michelle Alexander. 2012. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. New York: New Press.
The New Jim Crow is a book by Michelle Alexander, a civil rights litigator and legal scholar, published in 2010 by The New Press. The book deals with race-related and social, political, and legal phenomena in the United States and attempts to apply the term 'The New Jim Crow' to the situation of African Americans in the contemporary United States. The name derives from the original Jim Crow laws that prevailed in the states of the former Confederacy of the U.S. through the 1960s. Alexander's book was on the The New York Times Best Seller List for ten consecutive months, and philosopher Cornel West has called it the "secular bible for a new social movement in early twenty-first-century America. Offical web site at (Description from Blog Talk Radio)

Khephra Burns and William Miles. January1995. Black Stars in Orbit: NASA's African American Astronauts. USA: HMH Books for Young Readers.
Dramatic photographs and vivid text celebrate the history of African Americans’ struggle to participate in America’s space program. "A must purchase for all collections."--School Library Journal

J Alfred Phelps. 1994. They Had a Dream, The Story of Afro American Astronauts. New York: Presido Press.
In 1962, Air Force Captain Edward Joseph Dwight, JR., an African American, wasn't allowed to become an astronaut. So far only seven African Americans entered the astronaut corps, but their sacrifices, determination and dedicated service ensure that many more will be able to follow in their footsteps. (Description from Amazon). A book for young adults.

The Institute for Higher Education Policy. February 25th 2010. A SNAPSHOT OF AFRICAN AMERICANS IN HIGHER EDUCATION.
The following is an overview of facts and trends highlighting the postsecondary experiences and educational opportunities of African. Americans. This brief is not a comprehensive listing, but we do hope that it provides additional context for understanding some of the l lingering challenges impeding the educational progress of African Americans.

Ebo Otuya. Research Brief v5 n3 1994. African Americans in Higher Education.
This research brief examines data related to the educational experiences of African Americans, profiling their demographic characteristics, their educational experiences in high school and college, and their employment status in higher education.

The Institute for Higher Education Policy. 2009. Diversifying the STEM Pipeline: The Model Replication Institutions Program.
In 2006, the National Science Foundation (NSF) began funding the Model Replication Institutions (MRI) program, which sought to improve the quality, availability, and diversity of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education.



The History Makers The National Science Foundation awarded The HistoryMakers a 3-year grant to interview 180 of the nation's top African American scientists, create curriculum based on the interviews and hold public programs featuring the scientists. The goal of the ScienceMakers initiative is to create positive role models and use their life stories as a way to encourage others to enter scientific professions.

Blacks Give Back is one of the nation's leading Afro American philanthropic organizations.

African American Astronauts Former, Current and Candidate


Professional Organizations

National Society of Black Physicists, Founded in 1977 at Morgan State University, the mission of the National Society of Black Physicists is to promote the professional well-being of African American physicists and physics students within the international scientific community and within society at large.

The National Association of Black Geologists and Geophysicists (NABGG) is a nonprofit  organization established in June of 1981 by a group of black geoscientists in the Houston/Dallas area. This organization is incorporated in the State of Texas with its headquarters in Houston, Texas.

The American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE) is a national association of energy professionals founded and dedicated to ensure the input of African Americans and other minorities/underrepresented groups into the discussions and developments of energy policies regulations, R&D technologies, and environmental issues.

The ABEST Mission: (Association for Black Engineering, Science and Technology professionals) To promote business and employment opportunities for black engineering, science and technology professionals so they may realize their full potentials, make enhanced contributions to their respective fields, and make enhanced contributions to our communities.

The National Society of Black Engineers The mission of the National Society of Black Engineers is "to increase the number of culturally responsible Black Engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community."


SMD Projects Serving African American Audiences

NASA Opportunities in Visualization, Art, and Science (NOVAS)


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