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Committee for the Promotion of Diversity & Inclusion: Book Recommendations + Syllabi

Reading Recommendations

Reading recommendations for encouraging a learning mindset. This libguide page features social just syllabi and publications on a variety of EDISJ topics.



Creating syllabi around current and cultural events has gained in popularity in academia in recent years. Below are a few of the essential syllabi to check out.

Reading Recommendations

So many books to read! Books are great way to learn about topics. Fiction books can help us stretch our empathy muscles. Below are some books that are on heavy rotation among those in CPDI and in the Libraries.

Book Lists

Below are some lists of books created by CPDI and the MIT Libraries for different events, celebrations, and themed book months. Popular diversity themed months include: 

  • February = African American History Month
  • March = National Women's History Month and Irish-American Heritage Month
  • March 13 to April 15 = National Deaf History Month
  • May = Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Older Americans Month, and Jewish American Heritage Month
  • June = Gay Lesbian Pride Month
  • September 15 to October 15 = Hispanic Heritage Month
  • October = National Disability Employment Awareness Month and National Italian American Heritage Month
  • November = National American Indian Heritage Month

MIT Libraries book lists on Pinterest

MIT Reads

MIT Reads

MIT Reads is an all-MIT reading experience that aims to build community and foster understanding. The goal of MIT Reads is to bring the campus community together through shared reading and discussion. Each year’s selected readings center on the theme of diversity, inclusion, and social justice. MIT Reads is on GoodReads

MIT Reads is a MIT Libraries program that partners with groups in the MIT community to choose a book to read each semester. Past books include :