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8 Must-Read Diversity and Inclusion Books for Summer Holidays

Looking for new thought-provoking books for the summer holidays? Look no more! Here is a list compiled of D&I books that everyone should read.

Summer holidays are here! Now is a great time to catch up on your reading, especially books about diversity and inclusion. Looking for the next good book to dive into? Worry not, here is a list compiled of must read D&I books! They are divided into four current topics of this summer: LGBTQ+, Black Lives Matter and anti-racism, Accessibility and Organisational D&I. Some are already recommended classics, that everyone should read, and some are new and thought provoking books.

Happy reading!

1. The Stonewall Reader - New York Public Library

This important book is a collection of LGBTQ+ diaries, literature and articles from the time before the Stonewall riots and the aftermath, highlights some of the known activists of the time such as Sylvia Rivera but also remembers some forgotten figures, mainly people of color and their influence to the movement. Utilizing the vast archives of New York public library, this phenomenal collection of historical stories and recollections showcases how the LGBTQ+ civil rights movement was started and how we can still hear the echoes of the Stonewall riots to this day.

2. Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More - Janet Mock

Mock’s powerful memoir details her life as a young, multicultural transgender woman. Her book gives a voice to trans people of color with a writing style that is vulnerable but uplifting. This book is also a great source of information for cisgender (nontrans) readers who seek a more in-depth knowledge about transright, healthcare and intersections of race and gender-based oppression.

3. So You Want to Talk About Race - Ijeoma Oluo

In this book, Oluo writes about the realities of racial landscape of today and the societal structures that enable inequality. The book details white privilege, police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement. Oluo offers ways for the reader to help dismantle racial inequality with a writing style that is funny yet clear with its message of inclusion.

4. Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World and Become a Good Ancestor - Layla F. Saad

Me and White Supremacy looks at racism from an individual point of view and shows the reader how to dismantle the privilege within themselves. Saad offers tools to stop the often unconscious thoughts, biases that damage minorities and shows ways we can all help other white people to do better. To battle racism and white privilege, awareness is needed because awareness leads to action and action leads to change.

5. Design for Good - John Cary

Cary’s book is a very tangible take on inclusion in our society. It focuses on how to combat inaccessibility and inequity in the everyday places we all navigate in through inclusive architecture. The designs around us manifest ideas about ourselves and what we deserve. A good design shouldn’t be a luxury, but a public interest. Well designed places affect our health, our safety, our self-worth, our communities and more. Through 20 real-life examples from Guangdong to Los Angeles, this book shows the power of human centred design that dignifies.

6. Inclusive Design for a Digital World: Designing with Accessibility in Mind - Regine M. Gilbert

Inclusive design means that your product has been created to be accessible for as many user as possible. It is time to take accessibility from the physical to the digital. Gilbert, a user experience design professor, offers straightforward solutions, tools and best practises on how to approach inclusive designing and what are the issues a potential user might have with an already design product and how to upgrade it. This book will help organisations to reach a wider customer base for their products and be more inclusive. A must read for IT professionals, designers, coders, the tech industry as a whole and to other business owners.

7. Invisible Women - Caroline Criado Perez

Carolina Criado Perez analyzes how gender politics are affected and enhanced by gaps in big data and argues powerfully that human history is comprised of a pervasive data gender gap that effectively “silences” and erases women’s accomplishments, experiences, needs and daily lives.

8. Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism - Safiya Umoja Noble

Noble's book is all about the racism and biases of algorithms and search engines. We often forget that they are not just shapeless entities that exist somewhere out there but are generated, coded and maintained by people. Noble challenges companies such as Google to push for better online equality. Data discrimination is a real problem and the small pool of search engine provider leads to biased set of algorithms that emulate white privilege and discriminates others.

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