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This guide is to help students and faculty access credible resources related to diversity studies.

Culture Awareness Self-Assessment

Questions to ask about your own awareness or appreciation of other cultures. (Form.) 

See the Websites tab, at the left, to see a list of more specific diversity guides.

Searching tips for Diversity

Searching for diversity-related material   Note: see the Ethnic Studies guide for more research help.

Terms that describe various groups change over time and many that were once common are not used now. For instance, the current  “disabled” has replaced the older terms “handicapped” or “crippled.”  These terms still appear in databases of older materials, such as in JSTOR. If you search on the term “disabled,” you will find more recent items, but if you’re looking for historical documents, “handicapped” or “crippled” will return more results. This is true of terms used for other groups as well.

Following are some common search terms and variations of terms dealing with diversity issues. These terms aren't definitive, but are examples to use:

Disabilities  see Persons with Disabilities guide

Disability, disabilities, disabled, handicapped, crippled
People with disabilities, children with disabilities, artists with disabilities
disabled veterans
Mental disabilities, mentally disabled, people with mental disabilities
Learning disabilities, learning disabled, people with learning disabilities, dyslexics
Blind, blindness, deaf, deafness, deafblind, deaf culture
Visually-impaired, hearing-impaired
Handicapped, physically handicapped, mentally handicapped

Gender Discrimination against women

Sexism, sex discrimination, gender equity,
Discrimination against women, discrimination against men, reverse discrimination,
Feminism, anti-feminism, women’s rights, women's suffrage, suffragists, suffragettes,
Women, Women's rights, Sexual harassment of women, sexual harassment of men,
Sexual harassment in education, in universities and colleges, in the workplace
Abused women, abusive women, violence against women,
Rape, date rape, intimate partner violence

Gender identity, sexual identity:   (see Sexual Orientation

Homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexual, bisexuals, bisexuality
Transsexuality, transsexuals, transgender people, transgendered people
Gays, homosexuals, lesbians, sexual minorities, queer
Gay couples, lesbian couples, same-sex couples, same-sex marriage, gay marriage, gay adoption
LGBTQ or LGBTQ+   homophobia, heterosexism, gay rights, gay liberation, gay and lesbian studies 

Intercultural relations:

Diversity, cultural diversity, intercultural relations, intercultural communication, intercultural education
Multicultural, multiculturalism, pluralism
Cross-cultural, transcultural, bicultural, bilingualism
Minority, minorities, immigration, immigrants, refugees, assimilation, acculturation, Americanization

Older people:

Aged, aging, the elderly, older people, senior citizens, aging parents, age discrimination

Political issues concerning diversity:

Civil rights, Gays -- Civil rights, minority rights, human rights
Abolitionists, Native American Party, Know-Nothings, American Indian Movement, Black Panthers, white supremacy movements
Discrimination, prejudice, hate crimes, hate speech, segregation, apartheid, Jim Crow, integration
Brown v. Board of Education, busing, sex differences in education, discrimination in education, multicultural education
Affirmative action, equal opportunity, reverse discrimination, political correctness
Suffrage, women's suffrage, African Americans -- Suffrage

Race / Ethnicity see  African Americans,  Amer. Indians,  Asians / Pacific,  Hispanic Amer. (Latinx).

Race, race identity, racially mixed people
Ethnic groups, ethnic minorities, ethnic identity, ethnic relations, ethnicity
Racism, racialism, ethnic conflict, ethnic cleansing, genocide
Asian Americans, Greek Americans, Norwegian Americans
African American artists, Chinese American businesspeople, Hispanic American women
Hispanic Americans, Latin Americans,  latino(s), latina(s) or LatinX (either gender)
Mexican Americans, chicano(s), chicana(s)
Aboriginal people(s), native people(s), indigenous people(s)
Native Americans, Indians, Indians of North/South/Central America, First Nations, Inuit, Aleut

Religious diversity

Religious diversity, religious pluralism, religious tolerance, freedom of religion
Separation of church and state, church and state, religion and politics
Secularism, secular humanism, civil religion
Religion in the public schools, school prayer
Political violence -- Religious aspects
Christianity and other religions; Islam -- Relations -- Judaism
Anti-Semitism, Anti-Catholicism, Anti-Mormonism or Anti-LDS


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The Other Topics Guides is editable at the Persons with Disabilities guide.