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Design for the Pluriverse - Arturo Escobar

The Design Politics of the Passport: Materiality, Immobility, and Dissent - Mahmoud Keshavarz

The Politics of Design: A (Not So) Global Design Manual for Visual Communication - Ruben Pater


Love & Debt Documentary

The Danger of a Single Story - Chimamanda Adichie

Decolonizing the University - Ramon Grosfoguel

Pedagogy of the Decolonizing


"Navigating the Problem of Inclusion as Enclosure in Native Culture-Based Education: Theorizing Shadow Curriculum"

Troy Richardson, Curriculum Inquiry, Vol. 41, Issue 3, June 2011, pp 332-349

"The Work of Design in the Age of Cultural Simulation, or, Decoloniality as Empty Signifier in Design"

Ahmed Ansari, Medium, January 4, 2017

"No More White Saviors"

Aura Bogado, YES!, October 24, 2017

"Decolonizing & Intersectionality"

Ece Canli and Luiza Prado de O. Martins, Intersectional Perspectives on Design, Politics and Power, School of Arts and Communication, Malmö University, November 14-15, 2016

Specific Authors

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TED talk

Gloria Anzaldúa’s Borderlands/Le Frontera: the New Mestiza

James Baldwin’s “A Talk to Teachers”

Joshua Block’s “Educate to Liberate: Build an Anti-Racist Classroom”

Noam Chomsky

Lisa Delpit’s “No Kinda Sense (from The Skin that We Speak) and Other People’s Children

Robin DiAngelo (esp. White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism)

Paolo Freire

bell hooks’ Teaching to Transgress

Kyoko Kishimoto’s “Decolonizing Teaching” written with Darlene St. Clair)

Audre Lorde

Wayne Ross

Amy Tan’s “Mother Tongue”

Sara Ahmed’s
On Being Included

Additional Resources

Ahmed, S. (2017). Living a feminist life. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

Alexander, M. (2012). The new Jim Crow: Mass incarceration in the age of colorblindness. New York, NY: The New Press.

Anderson, J. (2014, February 13). Angela Davis talk at SIUC on Feb. 13, 2014 [video file. Retrieved from

Anzaldúa, G. (1987).Borderlands: la frontera. San Francisco, CA: Aunt Lute.

Blackstock, C. (2011). The emergence of the breath of life theory. Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics, 8(1), 1-16

Boggs, G. L. (2011). The next American revolution: Sustainable activism for the twenty-first century. Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press.

Davis, A. Y. (2016). Freedom is a constant struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the foundations of a movement. Chicago, IL: Haymarket Books.

Delgado, R., & Stefancic, J. (Eds.). (2013). Critical race theory: The cutting edge (3rd ed.), Philadelphia, PA: Temple University.

Duncan, G. A. (2017). Critical race ethnography in education: Narrative, inequality, and the problem of epistemology. In, A. D. Dixson, C. K. Rousseau, & J. K. Donner (Eds.), Critical race theory in education: All God’s children got a song (2nd Ed). New York, NY: Routledge.

Fanon, F. (1963). The wretched of the earth. New York, NY: Grove Press.

Foronda, C., Reinholdt, M. M., & Ousman, K. (2016). Cultural humility: A concept analysis. Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 27(3), 210-217.

Freire (2000). Pedagogy of the oppressed (30th anniversary edition). New York, NY: Continuum. Freire (2008). Pedagogy of the oppressed (50th anniversary edition). New York, NY: Continuum.

Fromm, E. (1956). The art of loving. New York, NY: HarperCollins.

Gilligan, C. (1977). In a different voice: Women’s conceptions of self and morality. Harvard Educational Review, 47, 481-517.

Giroux, H. (2013, August 23). When schools become dead zones of the imagination: A critical pedagogy manifesto. Retrieved from: when schools-become-dead-zones-of-the-imagination-a-critical-pedagogy manifesto/

Harro, B. (2013). The cycle of socialization. In M. Adams, W. J. Blumenfeld, C. Castañeda, H. W. Hackman, M. L. Peters, & X. Zúñiga (Eds.), Readings for diversity and social justice (3rd ed., pp. 45-52). New York, NY: Routledge.

Hill Collins, P. (2002). Black feminist thought: Knowledge, consciousness, and the politics of empowerment. New York, NY: Routledge. 22 // A Bold Vision Forward: A Framework for the Strategic Imperative for Racial Justice and Decolonization Hill Collins, P. (2009). Black feminist thought: Knowledge, consciousness and the politics of empowerment (3rd ed.). New York, NY: Routledge.

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hooks, b. (2000). All about love: New visions. New York, NY: HarperCollins. hooks, b. (2010). Teaching critical thinking: practical wisdom. New York, NY: Routledge.

John, B. M. (1999). The construction of racial meaning by Blacks and whites in plantation society. In T. J. Durant & J. D. Knottnerus (Eds.), Plantation society and race relations: The origins of inequality (pp. 41-52). Westport, CT: Praeger.

Keeling, R. P. (Ed.) (2006). Learning reconsidered 2: Implementing a campus-wide focus on the student experience. Washington, DC: ACPA, ACUHO-I, ACUI, NACA, NACADA, NASPA, and NIRSA.

Kegan, R. (1983). The evolving self: Problem and process in human development. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Kegan, R., & Lahey, L. L. (2001). How the way we talk can change the way we work: Seven languages for transformation. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

Kendi, I. X. (2016). Stamped from the beginning: The definitive history of racist ideas in America. New York, NY: Nations Books.

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Love, B. J. (2013). Developing a liberatory consciousness. In M. Adams, W. J. Blumenfeld, C. Castañeda, H. W. Hackman, M. L. Peters, & X. Zúñiga (Eds.), Readings for diversity and social justice (3rd ed., pp. 601-605). New York, NY: Routledge.

Manion, J. (2018, November 27). The performance of transgender inclusion: The pronoun go round and the new gender binary. Public Seminar. Retrieved from http://www publicseminarorg/2018/11/the-performance-of-transgender-inclusion/?fbclid=IwAR2 MQv9b69DgtjVODeSf1XjkXY-4r60Uh9_eFQWygYR5P_lT5TYkqOpGI

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Patel, L. (2015). Decolonizing educational research: From ownership to answerability. New York, NY: Routledge.

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