Resources for Students

Online Resources

21-Day Racial Equity Challenge – A self-challenge guide to creating effective social justice habits honoring dealing with issues of power, privilege, supremacy and leadership.

How to Be an Ally

The Safe Zone Project How to include LGBTQ issues in education and professional environments, and how to make LGBTQ people feel safe and supported in learning and work environments.

Anti-racism Resources for my White Friends and Readers: an article by Shani Silver with links to three comprehensive resources to help people broaden their understanding of anti-racism work.

For Our White Friends Desiring to Be Allies by Courtny Areil serves two purposes. It was written for people of color to have a quick link to save time and energy to the frequently asked question “how can I be a stronger ally?” and for whites it provides six insights in allyship.

Talking about Race: an article exploring how to raise anti-racist children.

Let’s Talk: a book for educators working to build their own competency facilitating classroom conversations about critical topics like identity, discrimination and inequality.

Anti-Racism for Kids 101: Starting to Talk About Race

Angels and Doves Nationwide anti-bullying non-profit

The National Center for Bullying Prevention

The Matthew Shepard Foundation Matthew's Place is an online community and resource center for LGBTQ youth

GLSEN LGBTQ student advocacy

Hate Crime Prevention Resources


National Suicide Hotlines 800.784.2433 and 800.273.8255 – Deaf hotline 800.799.4TTY (4889)

The Trevor Project: Suicide Hotline for LGBTQ Youth 866.488.7386

Trans Lifeline 877.565.8860 (at this time this is not a 24-hour hotline)


Best Pods of 2020 for LGBTQIA+ Experience - A roundup of the podcasts looking at all aspects of LGBTQIA+ identities.

Code Switch (NPR) - Remember when folks used to talk about being “post-racial”? Well, we’re definitely not that. We’re a multi-racial, multi-generational team of journalists fascinated by the overlapping themes of race, ethnicity and culture, how they play out in our lives and communities, and how all of this is shifting.

Intersectionality Matters! Hosted by Kimberle Crenshaw - The podcast that brings intersectionality to life

Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast - features movement voices, stories, and strategies for racial justice. Co-hosts Chevon and Hiba give their unique takes on race and pop culture, and uplift narratives of hope, struggle, and joy, as we continue to build the momentum needed to advance racial justice in our policies, institutions, and culture. Build on your racial justice lens and get inspired to drive action by learning from organizational leaders and community activists.

Pod for the Cause (Leadership Conf on Civil & Human Rights) - a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States. Through advocacy and outreach to targeted constituencies, The Leadership Conference works toward the goal of a more open and just society – an America as good as its ideals.

Pod Save the People (Crooked Media) - Activism. Social Justice. Culture. Politics. On Pod Save the People, organizer and activist DeRay Mckesson explores news, culture, social justice, and politics with fellow activists Brittany Packnett Cunningham and Sam Sinyangwe, and writer Dr. Clint Smith. They offer a unique take on the news, with a special focus on overlooked stories and topics that often impact people of color. There’s also a weekly one-on-one interview with DeRay and special guests, from singer/songwriter John Legend to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. The experts, influencers, and diverse local and national leaders who come on the show go deep on social, political, and cultural issues. New episodes every Tuesday.

Seeing White - Just what is going on with white people? Police shootings of unarmed African Americans. Acts of domestic terrorism by white supremacists. The renewed embrace of raw, undisguised white-identity politics. Unending racial inequity in schools, housing, criminal justice, and hiring. Some of this feels new, but in truth it’s an old story. Why? Where did the notion of “whiteness” come from? What does it mean? What is whiteness for? Scene on Radio host and producer John Biewen took a deep dive into these questions, along with an array of leading scholars and regular guest Dr. Chenjerai Kumanyika, in this fourteen-part documentary series, released between February and August 2017. The series editor is Loretta Williams.

Parenting Forward podcast episode ‘Five Pandemic Parenting Lessons with Cindy Wang Brandt’ - How do we build a better world? One key way is by learning to raise our children with justice, mercy, and kindness. In Parenting Forward, Brandt equips Christian parents to model a way of following Jesus that has an outward focus, putting priority on loving others, avoiding judgment, and helping those in need. Parenting Forward shows how parents must work on dismantling their own racial, cultural, gender, economic, and religious biases in order to avoid passing them on to their children.

Fare of the Free Child Podcast - Fare of the Free Child is a weekly-published podcast community centering Black people, Indigenous people, and People of Color in liberatory living and learning practices. With a particular interest in unschooling and the Self-Directed Education movement, Akilah S. Richards and guests discuss the fears and the fares (costs) of raising free black and brown children in a world that tends to diminish, dehumanize, and disappear them.

Other Diversity Resources

Understanding Prejudice (Website)

Implicit Associations Test (Harvard Site)

Cultural awareness and competency program

Lessons of flowering plants

Student Cultural & Special Interest Clubs

Albanian Student Organization - President, Jetlir Kulla,

Asian Pop Culture Club - President, Bryan Cosgrove,

Black Student Union - President, Williams, Patrick,

Chinese American Students Association - President, Ma, Meiya,

CIAO - Central’s Italian American Org. - President, Bartoletti, Vincent.

French Club (le Cercle Francais) - President, Kopec, John,

International Relations Club - President, Alexander Terry,

Japanese American Cultural Club - President, Feliciano, Raymond,

Latin American Student Organization - President, Rodriguez, Alex,

Muslim Student Association, President - Alsaqri, Ala’a,

NAACP - CCSU Chapter - President, Bernadel, Martine,

PRIDE - President, Clarke, Cameron c.clarke@my.ccsu.eduSouth Asian Students Association, President, Geethika Ralla,

Spanish Club - President, Marysol Saldora-Knipper,

United Caribbean Club - President, LaRoche, Afiya,

Wambli Tokoda - Native American Organization - President, Irving, James,

African American Club

Hillel Club

Student Government Officers

Cultural Centers

Center for Africana Studies

Latino, Latin American, Caribbean Cultural Center

LGBTQ Center

Ruth Boyea Women’s Center

Contact Information

Beth Frankel Merenstein
Interim Associate Vice President
Center for Community Engagement and Social Research
Lawrence J. Davidson Hall