We build a culture of learning through meaningful programming and resources for our community.
Recommended resources are intended to support VCFA community members interested in engaging in conversation and learning related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
We offer selected tools and educational materials, but but this list is by no means comprehensive. We will continue to curate and update our resources periodically.
Glossary of Terms
Language plays an important role in reflecting diversity and creating an inclusive environment. Because terminology is constantly changing, we’ve compiled a few resources to help create a shared understanding of the use of common terms.
Racial Equity Tools Glossary »
Disability Language Style Guide »
Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Policy »
Identity-Based Spaces & Programming Notice »
Student Bill of Rights (Title IX) »
Title IX Discrimination & Harassment Policy »
Read, Watch, Listen
A Collection of Articles on Black Lives Matter
“Diversity & Inclusion in Design: Why Do They Matter?” by Antionette Carroll
“Diversity in the Pedagogical Practices of Music in Higher Education” by Joseph Kinzer
“How Diversity Makes Us Smarter” by Katherine W. Phillips
“In Our Way: Racism in Creative Writing” by Claudia Rankine
Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do by Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt
How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown
Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla F. Saad
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice by Paul Kivel
13TH (documentary film by Ava DuVernay)
I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO (film based on James Baldwin’s unfinished book)
SELMA (film about the marches of the Civil Rights movement)
WHEN THEY SEE US (Netflix miniseries about the Central Park Five)
The Danger of a Single Story, Chimamanda Adichie
3 Tools for Anyone Serious About Radical Diversity
Implicit Bias: Peanut Butter, Jelly, and Racism
Code Switch (NPR podcast tackling race from all angles)
The Kinswomen (conversations on race, racism, and allyship between women, hosted by Hannah Pechter and Yseult Polfliet)
“Brené Brown with Ibram X. Kendi on How to Be an Antiracist“ (Unlocking Us episode)
“Elevating Equity and Justice Read Aloud with Robert Kim” (Heinemann Podcast episode)
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Day 2022
In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the Offices of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Institutional Advancement invite the VCFA community to participate in a community reflection prompt. Learn more and submit your own reflection here.
Industry and Me
Learn about our BIPOC empowerment series.
(Featured work by Antwon Key, GD ’17)
DEI Development Series
Learn about staff development at VCFA.
(Featured work by Jodi Adkins, GD ’17)
(Featured installation detail by Robyn Craxton-Lindquist, GD ’22)