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Anti-Racism at Pellissippi State

Anthony Wise
Anthony Wise

"I know that by learning together, working together and standing together against racism and other forms of oppression on campus and in our community, we can make Pellissippi State even stronger."

- Pellissippi State President Anthony Wise


Message from Equity and Compliance

Annazette Houston
Annazette Houston
Executive Director,
Equity and Compliance

Watching George Floyd’s murder unfold in real-time on national television has placed a glaring spotlight on systemic issues of racism worldwide. While police brutality against people of color is not new, the timing of this incident was unique. We were in our homes sheltering in place due to the Covid-19 pandemic and could not escape the horror of watching his life slip away with a police officer’s knee and full body weight pressing on Mr. Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes 46 seconds. Those 8 minutes 46 seconds sparked the world to cry out for justice not only for Mr. Floyd, but for so many others including Ahmaud Arbery, Sandra Bland, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Walter Scott, Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, Trayvon Martin, Breonna Taylor and now Jacob Blake. President Wise and his Senior Leadership Team reached out to the campus community following Mr. Floyd’s murder. On June 19th, 2020, President Wise affirmed that Pellissippi State is an anti-racist institution and vows to seek out and eliminate systemic policies, practices and procedures that yield inequities. As an early step, we are providing the enclosed resources for our campus community. We will update these resources regularly. During fall 2020 a team of faculty, staff and students will assist the college with developing a campus-wide anti-racism plan (PDF). This team will present its findings and recommendation to the President by November 2020.

If you have questions or would like to assist in this effort, please contact Annazette Houston at ahouston1@pstcc.edu.




Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope
by bell hooks

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?
by Beverly Daniel Tatum

Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower
by Dr. Brittney Cooper

Heavy: An American Memoir
by Kiese Laymon

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
by Maya Angelou

Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color
by Andrea J. Ritchie

Just Mercy
by Bryan Stevenson

Raising Our Hands 
by Jenna Arnold

Redefining Realness 
by Janet Mock 

Sister Outsider
by Audre Lorde

The Bluest Eye 
by Toni Morrison

The Warmth of Other Suns 
by Isabel Wilkerson

Their Eyes Were Watching God 
by Zora Neale Hurston

This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color
by Cherríe Moraga

When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America
by Ira Katznelson

Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do
by Jennifer L. Eberhardt 

Thinking, Fast and Slow
by Daniel Kahneman

Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People
by Mahzarin R. Banaji & Anthony G. Greenwald

Everyday Bias: Identifying and Navigating Unconscious Judgments in our Daily Lives
by Howard J. Ross

Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do
by Claude Steele


Killpack, T., Melón, L., & Marsteller, P. (2016). Toward inclusive STEM classrooms: What personal role do faculty play? CBE Life Sciences Education, 15(3), 9.

Pierott, D. (2017). Educational blindspots: Implicit bias. NSTA Reports, 28(9), 3.

Prystowsky, R., & Heutsche, A. (2017). Facing ourselves, engaging our students: Equity-minded practices at work. Peer Review, 19(2), 25-26.

Applebaum, B. (2019). Remediating campus climate: Implicit bias training is not enough. Studies in Philosophy and Education, 38(2), 129-141.

Conaway, W., & Bethune, S. (2015). Implicit bias and first name stereotypes: What are the implications for online instruction? Online Learning Journal (OLJ), 19(3), 162-178.

Essien, I., & Wood, J. L. (2020). I love my hair: The weaponizing of black girls hair by educators in early childhood education. Early Childhood Education Journal.

Combahee River Collective. (1983). The Combahee River collective statement. Home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology, 272-282.

McIntosh, P. (1990). White privilege: Unpacking the invisible knapsack. Independent School, 31-36.

Asai, D.J. (2020). Race matters. Cell 181, 754-757.

Abrams, Z. (2019). Countering stereotypes about Asian Americans. American Psychological Association. 50(11), 26.

Mato, D. (2020). The George Floyd case and racism in higher education systems and institutions.

Nittle, N. K. (2020). 5 examples of institutional racism in the United States.

Hogan, K. A., & Sathy, V. (2019). Want to reach all of your students? Here’s how to make your teaching more inclusive.

Coaston, J. (2019). The intersectionality wars.

Kendi, I. X. (2020). Who gets to be afraid in America?

Vargas, J. A. (2011). My life as an undocumented immigrant.

Martin, C. (2020). Answering white people’s most commonly asked questions about the Black Lives Matter movement.

Elliott, C. (2016). Tips for creating effective white caucus groups.

Howard, J. (2019). How to hold a better class discussion.

Noe, M. (2020). Black Lives Matter: Antiracism and health suggested resources.

Kambhampaty, A. P. (2020). 'I will not stand silent.' 10 Asian Americans reflect on racism during the pandemic and the need for equality

Larsson, P. (2020). Anti-Asian racism during coronavirus: How the language of disease produces hate and violence.

Allaudeen, A. How are Asian American college students affected by Asian stereotypes?

Fuchs, C. (2017). Behind the 'model minority' myth: Why the 'studious Asian' stereotype hurts.

The 1619 Project. (2019).

Pedagogies of care: Open resources for student-centered and adaptive strategies in the new higher-ed landscape. (2020).

Awareness of implicit biases. (2020).

Implicit bias. (2020).

Making excellence inclusive. (2020).

Racism as a zero-sum game. (2011).

Reports of anti-Asian assaults, harassment and hate crimes rise as coronavirus spreads. (2020).

National organization of Asian American and Pacific Islander working people release guidance on how to protect AAPI workers in light of Covid-19. (2020).


Racial Identity Development

Project READY: Reimagining Equity & Access for Diverse Youth

Racial and Ethnic Identity Development

Compilation of Racial Identity Development Models (PDF)


The Racial Healing Handbook

4 Self-Care Resources for Days When the World is Terrible

Common Coping Strategies (PDF)

Emotionally Restorative Self-Care for People of Color

Grief is a Direct Impact of Racism: Eight Ways to Support Yourself

Filling our Cups: 4 Ways People of Color can Foster Mental Health and Practice Restorative Healing

Radical Self-Care in the Face of Mounting Racial Stress

Racial Trauma is Real (PDF)


Overcoming Bias: Building Authentic Relationships Across Differences
by Tiffany Jana & Matthew Freeman

But I Don't See Color The Perils, Practices, and Possibilities of Antiracist Education
by Terry Husband

Erasing Institutional Bias: How to Create Systemic Change for Organizational Inclusion
by Tiffany Jana & Ashley Diaz Mejias

Race on the Brain: What Implicit Bias Gets Wrong About the Struggle for Racial Justice
by Jonathan Kahn

Inclusion Dividend: Why Investing in Diversity and Inclusion Pays Off
by Mark Kaplan

Implicit Racial Bias Across the Law
by Justin D. Levinson

Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment
by Patricia Hill Collins

How To Be An Antiracist
by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

Me and White Supremacy
by Layla F. Saad

So You Want to Talk About Race 
by Ijeoma Oluo

The Fire Next Time 
by James Baldwin

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness 
by Michelle Alexander

The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century 
by Grace Lee Boggs

Teaching About Race and Racism in the College Classroom: Notes From a White Professor
by Cyndi Kernahan

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism
by Robin DiAngelo, PhD


Just Mercy (2019)

The Hate U Give (2018)

Selma (2014)


Ted Talk: Racism Has a Cost For Everyone

Ted Talk: How to Deconstruct Racism, One Headline at a Time

Ted Talk: How to Recognize Your White Privilege and Use it to Fight Inequality

Am I Invited? Identifying and Interrupting Unconscious Bias in Online Learning Environments: Elizabeth Ross, Karen Sorensen, Kate O'Meara

What is Systemic Racism?

The Truth About the Confederacy in the United States

Dr. Robin DiAngelo discusses 'White Fragility'

Black Feminism & the Movement for Black Lives: Barbara Smith, Reina Gossett, Charlene Carruthers

Embrace Race Webinars

Implicit Bias

Reveal Moments: Microaggressions and Race

Zoom In: Microaggressions and Disability

How Studying Privilege Systems Can Strengthen Compassion: Peggy McIntosh

Intersectionality Matters!


Communicating about Culturally Sensitive Issues

Confronting Bias: Thriving Across Our Differences

Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Unconscious Bias

Driving Change and Anti-Racism

Cultivating Cultural Competence and Inclusion

Inclusive Mindset for Committed Allies

Anti-Racism Training

Project Implicit

Race and Cultural Diversity in American Life and History

How To Be Anti-Racist

We Can Challenge Racism

Protecting Asian American and Pacific Islander Working People

How to Engage Meaningfully in Allyship and Anti-Racism

CORA Learning Webinars


Beck Cultural Exchange Center

Knoxville Area Urban League

Centro Hispano

Bridge Refugee Service

Blount County United


Antiracism Center:  

Audre Lorde Project:        

Black Women's Blueprint:       

Color Of Change:        


The Conscious Kid:        

Equal Justice Initiative (EJI):        

Families Belong Together:        

Justice League NYC:     

Gathering For Justice:     

The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights:        

The Movement For Black Lives (M4BL):        


Muslim Girl:        


National Domestic Workers Alliance:        


Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ):        


United We Dream: