Welcome to the “Diversity Toolkit”!
This site is part of a funded project to assist teachers, students, scholars or any activists who wish to promote equity and the acceptance of differences within schools and communities.
The broad umbrella under which I operate is social justice*, but this work covers a large and diverse range of approaches, interests, and fields of study and action.
This site offers a variety of on-line resources, funding sources, glossaries, examples of projects, and selected readings to help you get started. For those already deep into the field I hope this site provides a useful portal to further information.
My name is Darren Lund and I am a Professor at the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary. Feel free to read my biography or visit my university web site to find out more about my research and teaching interests.
In 1987 I helped found a student action project called Students and Teachers Opposing Prejudice (STOP) that lasted for a remarkable 20 school years. My experiences working with students to challenge discrimination led me to want to collect resources for other people doing this kind of work.
If you have an interest in promoting social justice and fairness, I hope this site offers support and meaningful assistance to your work.
*A note regarding terminology:
I realize that some might find the term “diversity” to sound a bit light and fluffy. After all, we are dealing with critical approaches to counter racism, sexism, ableism, homophobia and other forms of discrimination and oppression.
My own research has shown me that the conceptual and practical distinctions between specific terms are important, and the debates around different approaches and fields of study are a valuable element of this work.
Without ignoring important distinctions between them, I refer to several terms here on this site that relate to this broad issue of fairness. This field of inquiry is a living, growing thing, and the claims to specific concepts and areas of study are always shifting and negotiated.
Whether your focus is on gender, age, physical or mental challenges, sexual orientation, “race,” religion, ethnicity and/or other categories, or whether you consider yourself antiracist, multicultural, counter-hegemonic, peace-promoting, feminist, human rights protecting, or simply culturally sensitive, I believe we may be moving in the same direction.