Edible Schoolyard Volunteer / Anti-Oppression Resource List 2017-18

ESY Berkeley Teaching Staff
Edible Schoolyard Project
Berkeley, CA

Volunteers at the Edible Schoolyard Berkeley receive this list of readings, videos, websites, and exercises to ensure awareness of institutional racism, culturally responsive pedagogy, and social justice.

This book outlines racial identity development and the challenges with having meaningful conversations on race.

This edited collection explores best practices for effective teaching and learning about various forms of systemic group privilege such as that based on race, gender, sexuality, religion, and class.

This book is written as a letter to the author's teenaged son about the feelings, symbolism, and realities associated with being black in the United States.

A book that tackles mainstream perceptions of farming, Bowens shares stories, past and present, of diverse farmers and explores critical issues that lie at the intersection of race and food.

This book provides practical tools and advice for how white people can work as allies for racial justice.

A national book award winner, Stamped from the Beginning presents how racist ideas were deliberated crafted by some of the nation's most brilliant thinkers, and chronicles activists working to dismantle oppressive systems.


This blog features a huge variety of writing that focuses on social justice from the perspective of queer and trans people of color.

A blog kept by Bay Area resident Janet Carter in which she investigates how she learned to be white growing up in a white liberal family in Vermont of the 1950s and 60s.

Websites and Resource Lists

This compilation of short readings outlines seven aspects of culturally responsive teaching - “a pedagogy that recognizes the importance of including students' cultural references in all aspects of learning.”

This website offers a wealth of resources designed to help advance social equity. Specifically relevant to our work at the Edible Schoolyard is “The Genderbread Person,” an easy-to-understand “edu-graphic” of a fluid, non-binary model of gender and sexuality.

An extensive list of online readings mostly focused on issues of privilege and oppression in relation to race, gender, and the intersection between the two.

A website that provides free resources for educators to create civil and inclusive school communities.

An extensive list of online readings mostly focused on issues of privilege and oppression in relation to race, gender, and the intersection between the two.

This website supports individuals and groups working to achieve racial equity. Here you'll find tools, research, curricula, and ideas to advance justice and deepen one's own understanding around issues of race.

This website provides a timeline of recent events that demonstrate the existence of structural racism throughout institutions such as law enforcement, higher education, legislative bodies, and more.

This toolkit aims to provide a shared understanding, language, and analysis of structural racism as one of many root causes of food systems disparity.

A web-based workbook originally designed to support the Dismantling Racism Works basic workshop. Contains numerous resources exploring the history and impacts of racism, tools for responding to racist thought, analysis of current events, and more.

Activities To Do

Project Implicit offers a variety of personal bias tests online, including tests that relate to racial, gender, and sexuality bias - a great resource for becoming aware of unconscious bias.

This activity offers a framework for becoming aware of your own level of cultural self-awareness. They define cultural self-awareness as “at the minimum, understanding your own culturally determined identity, rules, and biases,” and eventually leading to a greater comfort with new cultural perspectives.


The UNTraining works to “heal personal and social oppressions” by leading anti-oppression and anti-racism group trainings for white people and people of color. Current offerings include “UNTraining White Liberal Racism,” “People of Color Group,” “Neither Here Nor There: Being Chinese in America,” and “Jewish and White in America.”

The White Noise Collective focuses on exploring issues of privilege and oppression, mainly in relation to race and gender, and the intersection between those two. They offer periodic workshops and free monthly dialogues (open by invitation or to previous workshop participants). Some sample workshops include “Introduction to the Intersection of Whiteness and Femaleness,” “Difficult Conversations,” and “White Females in Food Justice: Maintaining of Challenging the System?” Their website includes an extensive list of online resources.