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American Society on Aging
Since 1954, ASA has developed and led the largest, most diverse community of professionals working in aging in America. As America struggles with how best to respond to the need for greater inclusivity, anti-ageism, and equity, ASA sees its responsibility as a leader to drive the discourse and advocate for the change necessary to address these issues in aging.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Clubs provide inclusive environments where youth of all races, abilities, gender expressions, and backgrounds are encouraged to express themselves and deepen their understanding of and respect for others. Through community service, leadership programs, and elevating their voices on critical issues such as race equity and social justice, Club kids and teens work together to create positive change and envision a better tomorrow.

Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion
The Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) offers information and resources to help organizations of all sizes recruit, hire, retain, and advance people with disabilities, build inclusive workplace cultures, and meet diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) goals.

Interfaith America
Interfaith America’s mission is to inspire, equip, and connect leaders and institutions to unlock the potential of America’s religious diversity.

LGBTQIA+ Studies: A Resource Guide
The Library of Congress's collections tell the rich and diverse story of LGBTQ+ life in America and around the world. This research guide introduces the excellent collection of LGBTQ+ resources available at the Library of Congress.

Mental Health Association in New York State, Inc. 
Their mission is to improve the lives of individuals, families, and all communities in New York State by raising mental health awareness, ending stigma and discrimination, and promoting wellness and recovery.

New York State Education Department Office of Diversity Equity and Inclusion
The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion’s mission is to enhance the capacity of educators and educational leaders to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion within New York State schools and institutions of higher education, as highlighted in the Board of Regents DEI Policy, through the provision of direct support, resources, professional learning opportunities, and collaborative networks. 
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Serves Administration
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the nation's behavioral health.


B&ECPL Website Links to Other Subject Guides 

The following is a listing of the links in our other subject guides that contain information on resources pertaining to diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

Addiction Recovery Resources
African American History
College Information
Disability Resources
Immigrants, Refugees, and Non-Native Speakers
Job + Career Resources
LGBTQ+ Resources
Mental Health
Senior Resources
Veterans, Service Members, and Their Families


Diversity Equity & Inclusion Resources on the Library Website  

Library Accessibility
The Buffalo & Erie County Public Library (B&ECPL) will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in its services, programs, or activities.

Library By Mail
Library by Mail is a free service from the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library that brings library materials to the homebound through the mail on a long-term or short-term basis.

Transitional Services
A listing of resources for people transitioning back into society after spending time in a correctional facility.


Book Websites  

American Indian Youth Literature Award
Awarded biennially, the AIYLA identifies and honors the very best writing and illustrations by Native Americans and Indigenous peoples of North America. Books selected to receive the award present Indigenous North American peoples in the fullness of their humanity. In odd-numbered years, nominations are encouraged in fiction or nonfiction and may include graphic novels; for picture books, the award is for both author and illustrator. Awards are granted in even-numbered years. Authors/illustrators may win the American Indian Youth Literature Award in the categories Best Picture Book, Best Middle-Grade Book, and Best Young Adult Book. In addition, up to five awards may be selected as Honors books in each category.

Américas Award
CLASP founded the Américas Award in 1993 to encourage and commend authors, illustrators, and publishers who produce quality children’s and young adult books that portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinx cultures in the United States and provide teachers with classroom use recommendations. CLASP offers up to two annual book awards and a commended list of titles.

The Arab American Book Award
The Arab American Book Award is an honor given each year to outstanding books written by or about Arab Americans. The Arab American Book Award was established in 2006 in partnership with librarians from the University of Toledo, and the mission is to celebrate Arab American literature and honor those who have produced exemplary work. Through outreach and publicity, the award raises greater awareness of Arab American literature and scholarship. More than 100 books have received this honor, and more titles and authors are being honored every year. This book award is the only one in the nation explicitly created to honor Arab American writers and books about the Arab American experience.

Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature
The goal of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature is to honor and recognize individual work about Asian/Pacific Americans and their heritage, based on literary and artistic merit.

The Coretta Scott King Book Award
The Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values. The award commemorates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and honors his wife, Mrs. Coretta Scott King, for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood.

Jewish Book Council Awards 
Since 1950, the Jew­ish Book Coun­cil has award­ed Jew­ish lit­er­ary awards to more than 700 books. These pres­ti­gious awards rec­og­nize out­stand­ing lit­er­a­ture in the field and aim to encour­age authors to con­tin­ue to write on themes of Jew­ish interest. 

Mildred L. Batchelder Award
The Mildred L. Batchelder Award is awarded to an American publisher for a children’s book considered to be the most outstanding of those books originating in a country other than the United States and in a language other than English and subsequently translated into English for publication in the United States during the preceding year.

Middle East Book Award
The Middle East Outreach Council established the Middle East Book Award in 1999 to recognize books for children and young adults that contribute meaningfully to understanding the Middle East. For purposes of this award, the Middle East is defined as Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, the Palestinian Territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.

Power of Story Building Equitable Bookshelves
The Power of Story initiative aims to highlight books featuring characters and stories from groups whose identities and lived experiences have been suppressed and excluded from mainstream narratives. Sharing these books with young people shows them that everyone's story deserves to be told and will help them understand and expand their world.

Pura Belpré Award
This award is named after Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library. The Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996, is presented annually to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.

Schneider Family Book Award
The Schneider Family Book Awards honor an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences.

Stonewall Book Awards List
The first and most enduring award for LGBTQIA+ books is the Stonewall Book Awards, sponsored by the American Library Association's Rainbow Round Table. Since Isabel Miller's Patience and Sarah received the first award in 1971, many other books have been honored for exceptional merit relating to the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender experience.

We Need Diverse Books (WNDB)
We Need Diverse Books™ is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that advocates essential changes in the publishing industry to produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people.


Podcast Websites  

Code Switch
What's CODE SWITCH? It's the fearless conversations about race that you've been waiting for. Hosted by journalists of color, the podcast tackles the subject of race with empathy and humor. It explores how race affects every part of society — from politics and pop culture to history, food, and everything in between. This podcast makes all of us part of the conversation — because we're all part of the story.

Disability Visibility Project
This is life from a disabled lens. Disability Visibility is a podcast hosted by San Francisco night owl Alice Wong featuring conversations on politics, culture, and media with disabled people.

Power Not Pity
A podcast that centers and celebrates the lived experiences of disabled people of color.

The Will To Change: Uncovering True Stories of Diversity & Inclusion
Host Jennifer Brown makes a compelling case for leadership to embrace the opportunity that diversity represents. She also empowers advocates at all levels to find their voice and be a driving force in creating more enlightened organizations.

We Can Do Hard Things
Glennon Doyle, her wife Abby Wambach, and her sister Amanda Doyle do the only thing they’ve found that has ever made life easier: Drop the fake and talk honestly about the hard things, including gender, parenting, blended families, bodies, anxiety, addiction, justice, boundaries, fun, quitting, overwhelm . . . all of it.

Women at Work
Hosted on Harvard Business Review, the podcast covers issues related to women in the workplace.


Community and Local Links  

Buffalo Niagara Partnership Diversity & Inclusion Initiative
The Buffalo Niagara Partnership Diversity and Inclusion Initiative was created to provide businesses with a competitive advantage by fostering a diverse and inclusive business culture. To do so, organizations need tools and resources to strengthen workplace practices.

Business Resources For Minority and Women-Owned Companies
A list of contact information for different organizations.

The Exchange at Beverly Gray
The Exchange at Beverly Gray, an NYS-recognized 501(c)3 organization, is the premier Entrepreneur Service Organization in Buffalo, NY, specifically serving the BIPOC and underrepresented entrepreneurial community.

Girls on the Run Buffalo
Since the inception of Girls on the Run in 1996, their goal has been to create a welcoming space where all can have a meaningful and engaging experience and feel like they belong. When they say “all,” they mean people of all races, ethnicities, income levels, sexual orientations, gender identities, religions, and abilities. Girls on the Run creates a sense of belonging through its curriculum and coach training for its staff, volunteers, and vendor recruitment processes.

Racial Equity Roundtable
The Greater Buffalo Racial Equity Roundtable is comprised of more than 350 community partners working together in coordinated ways to advance racial equity and achieve an expanded, inclusive economy.


Library Materials  

Click on the following topics for a quick search in the Library's Catalog.

Mental Health