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Anti-Oppression

Anti-oppression, diversity, inclusion, and social justice resources.

Our commitment

We are committed to helping our community identify, explore, and understand systemic racism and oppression so we can advance our work in confronting that oppression. This guide is not exhaustive but it can be a starting point to explore resources to support learning about the history of oppression against marginalized groups and ways to combat racism and oppression. If you cannot find a resource here or in our catalog, contact us and we will try to help.

Why anti-oppression?

undefinedOppression is the unjust use of power.

Anti-oppression

Includes the strategies, theories, actions, and practices that actively challenge systems of oppression. Anti-oppression recognizes the oppression that exists in our society and attempts to mitigate its effects. Oppression operates at multiple levels, individual, institutional, and cultural, so anti-oppression must work at these levels as well.

What about diversity and inclusion?

Anti-oppression is different from diversity and inclusion. Diversity and inclusion work focuses on the acknowledgment, value, and celebration of differences, whereas anti-oppression work challenges the systemic biases that devalue and marginalize differences. These practices go hand in hand but they are not interchangeable.

General Histories of Oppression in America

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