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New Titles Added to Steely’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Book Collection

January 24, 2023
Steely adds over 50 new titles to the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Book Collection to assist NKU instructors in broadening their understanding of inclusive pedagogical practices and facilitate a greater sense of belonging in the classroom.
Three arms with hands reaching for DEI related books


Perched beneath the interior hut glass window on the third floor of Steely Library proudly sits Steely’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Book Collection. The collection is primarily nonfiction, including foundational texts, bestselling autobiographies, and historical accounts by and about people from various cultures and backgrounds throughout history. The books are a curated selection from Steely’s existing inventory, with the latest additions reflecting DEI-related research, insights, and best practices in the field of education.

In the fall of 2021, Steely’s Inclusive Excellence Committee kickstarted the library’s inaugural annual call for DEI projects. The call is open to every Steely faculty or staff member, inviting submission of a project proposal that advances DEI initiatives in the library and supports NKU’s Success By Design. Once reviewed and approved by the IE committee and library leadership, the proposer is granted funds to bring the project to life. 

The Center for Innovation and Technology in Education’s (CITE) Manager, Tommy Fix, works with his team of instructional designers and instructors across campus to create the best possible learning experiences for students at NKU. When scanning Steely’s existing DEI-related collection, Tommy noticed a lack of resources explicitly related to DEI in education.

With the pursuit to further enhance the NKU student learning experience, Tommy proposed to the IE Committee that Steely supplement the existing collection with materials geared towards broadening instructors' exposure to current inclusive pedagogical practices. As a result, NKU could see more inclusive classrooms leading to higher class completion rates. "By making students feel more included, we can remove one of the barriers preventing them from completing their courses," said Tommy. Seeing the potential to facilitate a greater sense of belonging on campus, the committee and library leadership greenlit Tommy's proposal. 

Upon approval, Tommy quickly began partnering with stakeholders inside and outside the library. Seeking insight from subject matter experts, Tommy connected with NKU's Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer & Title IX Coordinator, Darryl Peal. "Darryl was an enthusiastic source of great information and reached out to his own colleagues to provide a list of the books they found important," said Tommy. 

Ready to roll with the robust reading list from the Office of Inclusive Excellence, Tommy began working more closely with Collections and Discovery Services to acquire the new books and physically consolidate the collection. As a result, you can now find the combined collection on display on the third floor by the loggia entrance. You can also find inclusive pedagogy ebooks through Steely's online catalog. 

Looking to start your dive into Inclusive Pedagogy? Below are four recently published books recommended by Tommy Fix to begin your journey.
Punch Me Up to the Gods book cover

Punch Me up to the Gods by Brian Broome

Punch Me Up to the Gods introduces a powerful new talent in Brian Broome, whose early years growing up in Ohio as a dark-skinned Black boy harboring crushes on other boys propel forward this gorgeous, aching, and unforgettable debut. Brian’s recounting of his experiences—in all their cringe-worthy, hilarious, and heartbreaking glory—reveal a perpetual outsider awkwardly squirming to find his way in. Indiscriminate sex and escalating drug use help to soothe his hurt, young psyche, usually to uproarious and devastating effect.

The Sum of Us book cover

The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together by Heather McGhee

This is the story of how public goods in this country—from parks and pools to functioning schools—have become private luxuries; of how unions collapsed, wages stagnated, and inequality increased; and of how this country, unique among the world’s advanced economies, has thwarted universal healthcare.

Decolonizing Methodologies book cover

Decolonizing Methodologies by Linda Tuhiwai Smith

This essential volume explores intersections of imperialism and research - specifically, the ways in which imperialism is embedded in disciplines of knowledge and tradition as 'regimes of truth.' Concepts such as 'discovery' and 'claiming' are discussed and an argument presented that the decolonization of research methods will help to reclaim control over indigenous ways of knowing and being.

Encyclopedia of Queer Studies in Education

Encyclopedia of Queer Studies in Education edited by Kamden K. Strunk and Stephanie Anne Shelton

Queer studies is an extensive field that spans a range of disciplines. This volume focuses on education and educational research and examines and expounds upon queer studies particular to education fields. It works to examine concepts, theories, and methods related to queer studies across PK-12, higher education, adult education, and informal learning.

The DEI collection will continue to evolve to meet the needs of the people we serve. If you have a recommendation, please complete the online purchase request form. Thank you for helping Steely grow.