Diversity Resource Library

Sometimes our understanding of diversity related issues comes from a lack of awareness. By equipping ourselves with knowledge and valuable tools, we can become more caring and feel greater empathy towards people from all different types of backgrounds. Click the topics below to be brought to a variety of different resources you can use.







BYU students Evelyn Harper and Kofi Aidoo who are both involved with "Blindspot."


Cultural Diversity


What is Cultural Diversity?

Lisa D. Belfield writes about what it means to be culturally diverse and about why cultural diversity is a good thing. She gives ideas about how we can better support cultural diversity.


How diversity makes teams more innovative

Are diverse companies really more innovative? Rocío Lorenzo and her team surveyed 171 companies to find out — and the answer was a clear yes. In a talk that will help you build a better, more robust company, Lorenzo dives into the data and explains how your company can start producing fresher, more creative ideas by treating diversity as a competitive advantage.


It’s (past) time to appreciate cultural diversity

With tart humor, Hayley Yeates makes the case that investing in cultural diversity is just as important as fostering gender diversity.



Three ways to be a better ally in the workplace

We’re taught to believe that hard work and dedication will lead to success, but that’s not always the case. Gender, race, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation are among the many factors that affect our chances, says writer and advocate Melinda Epler, and it’s up to each of us to be allies for those who face discrimination. In this actionable talk, Epler shares three ways to support people who are underrepresented in the workplace. “There’s no magic wand for correcting diversity and inclusion,” she says. “Change happens one person at a time, one act at a time, one word at a time.”


How to get serious about diversity and inclusion in the workplace

Imagine a workplace where people of all colors and races are able to climb every rung of the corporate ladder — and where the lessons we learn about diversity at work actually transform the things we do, think and say outside the office. How do we get there? In this candid talk, inclusion advocate Janet Stovall shares a three-part action plan for creating workplaces where people feel safe and expected to be their unassimilated, authentic selves.

Unconscious Bias

BYU students Evelyn Harper and Kofi Aidoo who are both involved with "Blindspot"

Learn how students portray the black experience at BYU

Project “Blindspot” — launched during 2020’s Black History Month —  hopes to inspire people to learn more and become aware of the distinct experience many black students have at BYU. Developed by a group of  about 40 BYU students, the project highlights problems that are potential blindspots among BYU’s social culture.


Test Yourself for Hidden Bias

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. Your willingness to examine your own possible biases is an important step in understanding the roots of stereotypes and prejudice in our society.


We all have implicit biases. So what can we do about it?

Dushaw Hockett argues that the way in which “we think about, talk about, and act on issues of racial bias and other difference is woefully inadequate and incomplete.”


What is the definition of microaggression?

“Microaggression” is the buzzword of the new school year, but why exactly is it so harmful? Watch this explainer on microaggressions through Hollywood movies.



Stereotypes, Prejudice and Discrimination

In this chapter from BC Open Textbooks you will learn about social categorization and stereotyping, favoritism and prejudice, and reducing discrimination.


I Am Not Your Asian Stereotype

Bad driver. Math wizard. Model minority. In this hilarious and insightful talk, eighteen-year-old Canwen Xu shares her Asian-American story of breaking stereotypes, reaffirming stereotypes, and driving competently on her way to buy rice.


Where Bias Begins: The Truth About Stereotypes

Psychologists once believed that only bigoted people used stereotypes. Now the study of unconscious bias is revealing the unsettling truth: We all use stereotypes, all the time, without knowing it.

Diverse Audience Communications


Cross Cultural Communication

This article teaches about the importance of learning how to be better at cross cultural conversations. It also talks about some of the most common sources of miscommunication across cultures.


Reaching and Engaging Diverse Audiences

This article gives a great example of how important it is to know how best to communicate with audiences of diverse backgrounds.


Connecting with diverse communities: The dangers of taking culture for granted

Successfully communicating with diverse audiences requires a concerted, coordinated and comprehensive company wide strategy. For optimal success, companies must be active and visible within the diverse communities they serve. Renee Walker walks through the steps of how to do this best.

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