The Penn State Health Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, in conjunction with Dauphin County Library System, Center for Schools and Communities, and Hershey Trust, is presenting the 2022 Inclusion Challenge, offering events over the 23 weekdays in the month of March to help increase cultural awareness and understanding. 

The list of books below, provided by the Dauphin County Library System, may help readers make meaningful connections through a better understanding of cultural differences. Reading diverse narratives can help us navigate daily interactions with others with empathy, compassion and increased inclusivity.


  • Allies and Advocates: Creating an Inclusive and Equitable Culture, by Amber Cabral
  • Ally Up: The Definitive Guide to Building More Inclusive, Innovative and Productive Teams, by Di Ciruolo
  • Anti Racist Ally: An Introduction to Action & Activism, by Sophie Williams 
  • Better Allies: Everyday Actions to Create Inclusive, Engaging Workplaces, by Karen Catlin
  • Beyond Ally: The Pursuit of Racial Justice, by Maysa Akbar
  • Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People, by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald 
  • Dear White Peacemakers: Dismantling Racism with Grit and Grace, by Osheta Moore
  • Dear White Women, It's Not You. It's Me. I'm Breaking Up With You!: Commentaries on Race, White Feminism, Allyship and Intersectionality, by Hannah L. Drake
  • Dear White women: Let's get (un) comfortable talking about racism, by Susan Blanchard and Misasha Suzuki Graham
  • Demanding More: Why Diversity and Inclusion Don't Happen and What You Can Do About It, by Sheree Atcheson
  • Her Allies: A Practical Toolkit to Help Men Lead Through Advocacy, by Hira Ali
  • How Can I Be an Ally?, by Fatima El Mekki and Kelisa Wing
  • How to Be an Ally: Actions You Can Take for a Stronger, Happier Workplace, by Melinda Briana Epler
  • Leah on the Offbeat, by Becky Albertalli
  • Life Isn't Binary, by Meg-John Barker and Alex Iantaffi
  • So You Want to Talk About Race, by Ijeoma Oluo 
  • The Savvy Ally: A Guide For Becoming A Skilled LGBTQ + Advocate, by Jeanne Gainsburg 
  • The Time Has Come: Why Men Must Join The Gender Equality Revolution, by Michael Kaufman 
  • What White People Can Do Next: From Allyship to Coalition, by Emma Dabiri 
  • Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together In the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations About Race, by Beverly Daniel Tatum


  • Both Can Be True, by Jules Machias
  • Rick, by Alex Gino 
  • The Other Talk: A Reckoning with Our White Privilege, by Brendan Kiely; illustrated by Sean Williams
  • Woke Baby, by Mahogany L. Browne; illustrated by Theodore Taylor II 


  • How I Resist: Activism and Hope for a New Generation, by Maureen Johnson
  • How to Be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi
  • Me and White Supremacy: How to Recognise Your Privilege, Combat Racism and Change the World, by Layla R. Saad and Robin DiAngelo 
  • Resilient Black Girl: 52 Weeks of Anti-racist Activities for Black Joy and Resilience, by M.J. Fievre
  • This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do The Work, by Tiffany Jewell
  • This is Why I Resist, by Shola Mos-Shogbamimu

Aspects of Insecurity

  • American Made: What Happens to People When Work Disappears, by Farah Stockman
  • At Home on the Street: People, Poverty, and a Hidden Culture of Homelessness, by Jason Adam Wasserman and Jeffrey Michael Clair
  • Big Hunger: Why the Richest Nation on Earth Still Struggles with Food Insecurity, by Andrew Fisher
  • Her Secret Life, by Tiffany L. Warren
  • Homelessness and Street Crime, by Pete Schauer
  • Hunger: The Oldest Problem, by Martin Caparros
  • No Known Address, by Steven Barwin
  • Safe Harbour, by Christina Kibourne
  • Sleeping in My Jeans, by Connie King Leonard
  • Social Welfare: Addressing Poverty and Homelessness, by Stephen Meyer
  • The Music of What Happens, by Bill Konigsberg
  • The Poverty Industry: The Exploitation of America's Most Vulnerable Citizens, by Daniel L. Hatcher 
  • The Spirit of Soul Food: Race, Faith, and Food Justice, by Christopher Carter 
  • Under the Bridge, by Anne Bishop
  • What Strange Paradise, by Omar El Akkad
  • What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance and Hope in an American City” by Mona Hanna Attisha
  • Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty, by Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson
  • Where I Live, by Brenda Rufener
  • Your Heart, My Sky: Love in a Time of Hunger, by Margarita Engle


  • A Place to Stay: A Shelter Story, by Erin Gunti; illustrated by Esteli Meza 
  • Aunt Pearl, by Monica Kulling; illustrated by Irene Luxbacher
  • Carry Me Home, by Janet Fox
  • Flight of the Puffin, by Ann Braden
  • Homelessness, by Xina M. Uhl
  • I Don't Have Enough: A First Look at Poverty, by Pat Thomas; illustrated by Claire Keay

Cultural Awareness

  • Culture Clash, by L. Divine
  • Enchanted Air: Two cultures, Two wings: A Memoir, by Margarita Engle
  • Peoples and Cultures of the World, by Edward Fischer
  • Raising Black Students' Achievement Through Culturally Responsive Teaching, by Johnnie McKinley
  • The Encyclopedia of World Religions, by Robert S. Ellwood
  • We are Alike, We are Different, by Janice Behrens
  • World Religions: A Beginner's Guide: Questions and Answers for Humanity's 7 Oldest and Largest Faiths, by Jill Carroll


  • What Do You Celebrate?: Holidays and Festivals Around the World, by Whitney Stewart
  • When I Found Grandma, by Saumiya Balasubramaniam


  • Brown Boy Nowhere, by Sheeryl Lim
  • How to Be an Inclusive Leader: Your Role in Creating Cultures of Belonging Where Everyone Can Thrive, by Jennifer Brown
  • In Search of Black America: Discovering the African-American Dream, by David J. Dent


  • Class Act, by Jerry Craft  
  • Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth, by Oliver Jeffer
  • One Moment in Time, by Ben Lerwill and Alette Straathof
  • Race Cars: A Children's Book About White Privilege, by Jenny Devenny
  • The Arabic Quilt: An Immigrant Story, by Aya Khalil; illustrated by Anait Semirdzhyan
  • You and Me Both, by Mahtab Narsimhan; illustrated by Lisa Cinar

Diversity in Arts

  • Rad Women Worldwide: Artists and Athletes, Pirates and Punks, and Other Revolutionaries Who Shaped History, by Kate Schatz; illustrated by Miriam Klein Stahl
  • The Blacker the Ink: Constructions of Black Identity in Comics and Sequential Art; edited by Frances Gateward and John Jennings 
  • This Long Thread: Women of Color on Craft, Community, and Connection, by Jen Hewett


  • On Our Street: Our First Talk About Poverty, by Dr. Jillian Roberts; illustrations by Jane Heinrichs

Diversity in the Workplace

  • Bridging Differences for Better Mentoring: Lean Forward, Learn, Leverage, by Lisa Z. Fain 
  • Creating Introvert-Friendly Workplaces: How to Unleash Everyone's Talent and Performance, by Jennifer B. Kahnweiler 
  • Diversity Beyond Lip Service: A Coaching Guide for Challenging Bias, by La'Wana Harris 
  • Gender Diversity and Non-binary Inclusion in the Workplace: The Essential Guide for Employers, by Sarah Gibson
  • How to Listen and How to Be Heard: Inclusive Conversations at Work, by Alissa Carpenter 
  • Inclusion: Diversity, the New Workplace & the Will to Change, by Jennifer Brown
  • Let Them See You: The Guide for Leveraging Your Diversity at Work, by Porter Braswell
  • Saving Face: How to Preserve Dignity and Build Trust, by Maya Hu-Chan
  • Subtle Acts of Exclusion: How to Understand, Identify, and Stop Microaggressions, by Tiffany Jana 
  • The Neurodiverse Workplace: An Employer's Guide to Managing and Working with Neurodivergent Employees, Clients and Customers, by Victoria Honeybourne 
  • The Person You Mean to Be: Confronting Bias to Build a Better Workplace and World, by Dolly Chugh
  • The Queering of Corporate America: How Big Business Went from LGBTQ Adversary to Ally, by Carlos A. Ball 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

  • Belonging: The Key to Transforming and Maintaining Diversity, Inclusion and Equality at Work, by Kathryn Jacob, Sue Unerman and Mark Edwards
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Action: Planning, Leadership, and Programming, by Christine Bombano 
  • Do Right by Me: Learning to Raise Black Children in White Places, by Valerie I. Harrison and Kathryn Peach D'Angelo
  • Expand Beyond Your Current Culture: Diversity and Inclusion for CEOs and Leadership, by Leslie Short
  • How Does it Feel to Be a Problem?: Being Young and Arab in America, by Moustafa Bayoumi
  • Indigenous Relations: Insights, Tips & Suggestions to Make Reconciliation a Reality, by Robert (Bob) P.C. Joseph
  • It's Time to Talk About Race at Work: Every Leader's Guide to Making Progress on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, by Kelly McDonald
  • Parenting 4 Social Justice: Tips, Tools, and Inspiration for Conversations & Action with Kids, by Angela Berkfield et. al.
  • Pax Ethnica: Where and How Diversity Succeeds, by Karl E. Meyer and Shareen Blair Brysac
  • Self-portrait in Black and White: Unlearning Race, by Thomas Chatterton Williams 
  • Surviving the White Gaze: A Memoir, by Rebecca Carroll
  • Talking Back, Talking Black: Truths About America’s Lingua Franca, by John H. McWhorter
  • The ABC’s of Diversity: Helping Kids (and ourselves!) Embrace our Differences, by Carolyn B. Helsel
  • The Black Friend: On Being a Better White Person, by Frederick Joseph
  • The Business of We, by Laura Kriska


  • Circle Round, by Anne Sibley O'Brien; illustrated by Hanna Cha 
  • W is for Welcome: A Celebration of America's Diversity, by Brad Herzog
  • We Are a Garden: A Story of How Diversity Took Root in America, by Lisa Westberg Peters; illustrated by Victoria Tentler-Krylov
  • We Are All Different: A Celebration of Diversity!, by Tracey Turner and Asa Gilland
  • What Makes Us Unique?: Our First Talk About Diversity, by Dr. Jillian Roberts


  • Disability Experiences: Memoirs, Autobiographies, and Other Personal Narratives, edited by Thomas Couser and Susannah B. Mintz 
  • Fading Scars: My Queer Disability History, by Corbett Joan O'Toole
  • Feminism Is..., by Alexandra Black, Laura Buller, Emily Hoyle et. al.
  • Fighting Hislam, by Susan Carland 
  • Out Now: Queer We Go Again, by Saundra Mitchell
  • Queer Theory, Gender Theory: An Instant Primer, by Riki Anne Wilchins
  • Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches, by Audre Lorde 
  • Speaking Of Race: Why We Need To Talk About Race--And How To Do It Effectively, by Celeste Headlee 
  • Steal this Country: A Handbook for Resistance, Persistence, and Fixing Almost Anything, by Alexandra Styron 
  • That Hair, by Djaimilia Pereira Almeida; translated by Eric M.B. Becker
  • The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story, edited by Nikole Hannah-Jones and The New York Times Magazine
  • White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, by Robin DiAngelo
  • Wild Tongues Can't Be Tamed: 15 Voices from the Latinx Diaspora, edited by Saraciea J. Fennell
  • You Be You!: The Kid's Guide to Gender, Sexuality, and Family, by Jonathan Branfman; illustrated by Julie Benbassat


  • Intersection Allies: We Make Room for All, by Chelsea Johnson, LaToya Council, and Carolyn Choi
  • You Be You!: The Kid's Guide to Gender, Sexuality, and Family, by Jonathan Branfman; illustrated by Julie Benbassat

Race and Racism

  • Frankly in Love, by David Yoon
  • Hell of a Book: Or the Altogether Factual Wholly Bona Fide Story of a Big Dreams, Hard Luck, American-made Mad Kid, by Jason Mott
  • I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness, by Austin Channing Brown
  • The Bad Immigrant, by Sefi Atta
  • The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas
  • The Mercy Seat, by Elizabeth Hartley Winthrop
  • The Nickel Boys, by Colson Whitehead
  • The Origin of Others, by Toni Morrison
  • The Revisioners, by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton


  • Black Brother, Black Brother, by Jewell Parker Rhodes
  • Ghost Boys, by Jewell Parker Rhodes 
  • The Lions of Little Rock, by Kristin Levine