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1120 Adele H. Stamp Student Union
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742


301-314-8600
MICA-contact@umd.edu

Resources

The goal of the Inclusive Language Campaign is not to be the "language police." The Inclusive language Campaign's goal is to educate and create conversations around language and inclusion on campus. As a result, here are more resources to check out if you have additional questions.

Overall Inclusion  |  Race  |  Gender, Sex, Sexual Orientation  | Class  |  Mental Health  |  Disability

 

Overall Inclusion

American Civil Liberties Union - The ACLU works to extend rights to segments of our population that have traditionally been denied their rights, including Native Americans and other people of color; lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender people; women; mental-health patients; prisoners; people with disabilities; and the poor.

Human Rights Watch - Human Rights Watch is one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. They stand with victims and activists to prevent discrimination, to uphold political freedom, to protect people from inhumane conduct in wartime, and to bring offenders to justice. They investigate and expose human rights violations and hold abusers accountable. They challenge governments and those who hold power to end abusive practices and respect international human rights law. They enlist the public and the international community to support the cause of human rights for all.

Project Implicit - Psychologists at Harvard, the University of Virginia and the University of Washington created "Project Implicit" to develop Hidden Bias Tests - called Implicit Association Tests, or IATs, in the academic world - to measure unconscious bias. Take a test at Project Implicit's website and see what may be lingering in your psyche.

Southern Poverty Law CenterThe Southern Poverty Law Center is a nonprofit civil rights organization dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry, and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of society. 

Teaching for Change - Teaching for Change provides teachers and parents with the tools to create schools where students learn to read, write and change the world.

Teaching Tolerance - Teaching Tolerance is a principal online destination for people interested in dismantling bigotry and creating, in hate's stead, communities that value diversity.

United Nations - The United Nations is central to global efforts to solve problems that challenge humanity. Day in and day out, the UN and its family organizations work to promote respect for human rights, the environment, first disease and reduce poverty.



Race

Applied Research Center - ARC’s mission is to build awareness, solutions and leadership for racial justice by generating transformative ideas, information and experiences. We define racial justice as the systematic fair treatment of people of all races, resulting in equal opportunities and outcomes for all and we work to advance racial justice through media, research, and leadership development.

ColorLines - ColorLines is the leading national, multi-racial magazine devoted to the creativity and complexity of communities of color. ColorLines features the best writing on the issues that affect these communities

Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) - Founded in 1942, CORE is the third oldest and one of the "Big Four" civil rights groups in the United States. From the protests against "Jim Crow" laws of the 40's through the "Sit-ins" of the 50's, the "Freedom Rides" of the 60's, the cries for "Self-Determination" in the 70's, "Equal Opportunity" in the 80's, community development in the 90's, to the current demand for equal access to information, CORE has championed true equality.

MAVIN FoundationMAVIN is committed to creating a society that recognizes the complexity of race, racism and identity. They support the right to self-identify, and think it’s important for mixed heritage people to strengthen their involvement in existing ethnic and affinity communities. Although they reject exclusive and outdated notions of race, they see their work as part of a larger movement to end discrimination and inequality on individual and systemic levels. 

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.

RACE Are We So Different? - Looking through the eyes of history, science and lived experience, the RACE Project explains differences among people and reveals the reality - and unreality - of race. The story of race is complex and may challenge how we think about race and human variation, about the differences and similarities among people.

Swirl - Swirl is a national multi-ethnic organization that challenges society's notions of race through community building, education, and action.



Gender, Sex, Sexual Orientation

American Educational Gender Information Service - AEGIS is now a part of the Gender Education and Advocacy (GEA). AEGIS is a clearinghouse for information about transgender and transsexual issues.

Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) - FMF is an organization dedicated to women's equality, reproductive health, and non-violence. In all spheres, FMF utilizes research and action to empower women economically, socially, and politically. Our organization believes that feminists - both women and men, girls and boys - are the majority, but this majority must be empowered.

Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) - GLAAD amplifies the voice of the LGBT community by empowering real people to share their stories, holding the media accountable for the words and images they present, and helping grassroots organizations communicate effectively. By ensuring that the stories of LGBT people are heard through the media, GLAAD promotes understanding, increases acceptance, and advances equality.

GLBT Community Programs - The GLBT has a number of programs and services individuals can work with. The GLBT has the Office of GLBT Affairs, which provides consultation to organizations and organizes training workshops. 

Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) - GLSEN strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.

Human Rights Campaign (HRC)As the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, the HRC represents a force of more than 1.5 million members and supporters nationwide. HRC advocates on behalf of LGBT Americans, mobilizes grassroots actions in diverse communities, invests strategically to elect fair-minded individuals to office and educates the public about LGBT issues.

Intersex Society of North AmericaThe Intersex Society of North America is devoted to systemic change to end shame, secrecy, and unwanted genital surgeries for people born with an anatomy that someone/society decided is not standard for male or female.

National 

Gay & Lesbian Task Force - The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the grassroots power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. They do this by training activists, equipping state and local organizations with the skills needed to organize broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and building the organizational capacity of the movement. As part of a broader social justice movement, they work to create a nation that respects the diversity of human expression and identity and creates opportunity for all.

National Organization of Men Against Sexism - The National Organization for Men Against Sexism is an activist organization of men and women supporting positive changes for men. NOMAS advocates a perspective that is pro-feminist, gay affirmative, anti-racist, dedicated to enhancing men's lives, and committed to justice on a broad range of social issues including class, age, religion, and physical abilities.

National Organization for Women (NOW) - NOW's goal has been to take action to bring about equality for all women. NOW works to eliminate discrimination and harassment in the workplace, schools, the justice system, and all other sectors of society; secure abortion, birth control and reproductive rights for all women; end all forms of violence against women; eradicate racism, sexism and homophobia; and promote equality and justice in our society.

YWCA - The YWCA is the oldest and largest multicultural women's organization in the world. YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.


Class


Feeding America - Feeding America is the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief charity, with network members supplying food to more than 25 million Americans each year. Their network of more than 200 food banks serves all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.The Feeding America network secures and distributes more than 2 billion pounds of donated food and grocery products annually. 


Meals on Wheels - Meals On Wheels Association of America (MOWAA) is the oldest and largest organization in the United States representing those who provide meal services to people in need. MOWAA's mission is to provide visionary leadership and professional training and to develop partnerships that will ensure the provision of quality nutrition services to seniors in need. 

PovertyNet @ The World Bank - PovertyNet provides information on poverty measurement, monitoring, analysis, and on poverty reduction strategies for researchers and practitioners.



Mental Health

Active Minds - Active Minds empowers students to speak openly about mental health in order to educate others and encourage help-seeking.  We are changing the culture on campuses and in the community by providing information, leadership opportunities and advocacy training to the next generation.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) - NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raising awareness and building a community of hope for all of those in need.

 


Disabiilty

Office of Disability Employment Policy - The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) was authorized by Congress in 2001. Recognizing the need for a national policy to ensure that people with disabilities are fully integrated into the 21st Century workforce, the Secretary of Labor delegated authority and assigned responsibility to the Assistant Secretary for Disability Employment Policy. ODEP is a sub-cabinet level policy agency in the Department of Labor.