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Colleague-recommended resources for conversation at a pivotal time

Over the past two weeks, UCOP staff have gathered to process current events and worked to foster open dialogue about race and racial experiences in order to better understand one another’s perspectives, support each other and build lasting relationships built on mutual respect.

As part of these staff conversations, many of our colleagues have shared resources that are useful, informative or impactful for them. We are sharing those resources here. As you review these resources, please keep in mind that everyone — those who shared resources meaningful to them and those who are encountering these materials perhaps for the first time — brings to the table individual experiences and perspectives. Our goal by sharing these materials with UCOP colleagues is to make everyone feel welcome, heard and supported in their journey. If you would like to host conversations with your teams, we encourage you to use the Learning and Development Holding Listening Conversations with Teams guide.

Please also review the learning resources to promote equity, dialogue and reduced anxiety list compiled by UCOP Learning and Development. If you need further support processing current events, we encourage you to contact the UCOP Faculty and Staff Assistance Program or your local human resources business partner. For questions or suggestions regarding UCOP diversity and inclusion efforts, please contact

Colleague-recommended resources



Curated lists

Videos, Films, and Podcasts

  • 13th Film by Netflix — in this two-hour documentary film, scholars, activists and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom
  • 1619 from The New York Times — an audio series on how slavery has transformed America
  • Black& — Biracial, millennial, brother-sister duo, Johnathan and April Perkins, speak candidly about racism, white people and what to do next. Aimed at the millennial audience.
  • Building Belonging in a Time of Othering — keynote from John A. Powell at the 2019 Othering & Belonging Conference
  • Bryan Stevenson Confronting Injustice from the SXSW Conference, 2015
  • Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity from World Trust — a film that supports institutions and communities to deepen and shift the framing of racial disparities
  • Code Switch from NPR — a podcast hosted by a multi-racial, multi-generational team of journalists
  • Ibram X. Kendi on How to be an Antiracist at UC Berkeley on September 12, 2019
  • Now, More Than Ever, We Need The ARTS! from Cal Performances — a series of performing arts videos for a time of physical distancing
  • Pod Save the People — DeRay Mckesson explores news, culture, social justice and politics with fellow activists Brittany Packnett Cunningham and Sam Sinyangwe, and writer Dr. Clint Smith
  • Seeing White from Scene On Radio — a 14 part documentary series from 2017
  • Video Message to Staff, May 31, 2020 by Sunny Lee, Assistant Vice Chancellor & Dean of Students and Samuel Santos, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Student Engagement, UC Berkeley
  • United States of Anxiety from WNYC — connects the present with the past and explores racial politics in the US
  • When They See Us by Netflix — based on a true story, five teens from Harlem become trapped in a nightmare when they’re falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park


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  1. Claire Chevallier June 9, 2020 Reply

    THANK YOU for sharing this! Excited to engage in these tomorrow and beyond.

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