Department of Human Relations and Multicultural Education

Student Resources

Learning about various racial, cultural (including women, people with disabilities, lesbian/gay/bi/transgender, religiously oppressed persons/communities) and economic groups is an important part of our department. We’ve compiled a list of sites so you can learn more about topics that pique your interest.    

Activist sites

  • Protest.net - Information about worldwide protests, alternative news and action alerts.
  • Activist Research - links to organizations and activism on social and environmental justice.
  • Znet/Z Magazine - an independent monthly magazine dedicated to resisting injustice, defending against repression, and creating liberty.
  • Institute for Global Communications (IGC) - Nonprofit links to environmental and human rights organizations. Sponsors PeaceNet, EcoNet, WomensNet, LaborNet, Anti-racismNet.

Legislative Organizing

  • Public Citizen - Founded by Nader, organizes on global, domestic consumer issues.
  • Legislative Hotnews - A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby. Features current news about legislation on progressive issues. Has a legislative action center.

Education

  • Do Something - Encourages young people to become active citizens, initiates campaigns such as the 1999 Kindness and Justice Challenge for K-12 teachers and schools.
  • John Dewey Project on Progressive Education - Based at the University of Vermont. Their goals include building a knowledge base and heritage of progressive education.
  • Rethinking Schools - Addresses ways to improve education in schools, as well as ways to help shape reform throughout the public school system in the United States.

Alternative News and Media Outlets

  • The Progressive - Website for The Progressive magazine, an alternative press dedicated to promoting a voice for peace and social justice in the U.S. and abroad. Some articles featured online.
  • FAIR - Website for Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, a national media watch group that works to expose important but neglected news stories. Also features information and "how to's" on media activism.
  • Alternative Press Center - Links to hundreds of nonprofit journals, magazines, and newspapers addressing social and environmental issues.
  • Alternative Radio - Interesting list of speakers and their bios. Ordering information on audiotapes by various progressive speakers.
  • Independent Media Center - A "network of collectively run media outlets for the creation of radical, accurate and passionate tellings of the truth."
  • Media Channel - Largest database of media news, reports, articles, opinion pieces, and original articles; monitors, debates, and critiques media, promotes media freedom.
  • Media Education Foundation - Produces videos on social and environmental issues.

Anti-Discrimination Resources (Multiple Issue)

Non-violence and Hate Crimes Resources (Multiple Issue)

African-American Resources

  • NAACP - The largest and strongest nationwide civil rights organization. Features the history of the organization and a voter empowerment page.
  • Congress on Racial Equality - Major civil rights group. Works on issues such as racial equality, welfare reform, job discrimination and developing educational opportunities and positive role models for African-Americans.
  • Black Lives Matter - National organization working for the validity of Black life

Asian Pacific Islander Americans Resources

American Indian Resources

Jewish Resources

  • American Jewish Committee - Goals are to enhance human rights and reduce intolerance and discrimination. Features press releases, events and information about international issues affecting Jews.
  • Anti-Defamation League - Founded in 1913 "to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all."

Latino/a, Chicano/a Resources

  • National Council of La Raza - Features press releases, links, information on various issues effecting Latino/as such as census, civil rights, economic mobility, farmworkers and immigration.
  • United Farm Workers - Chicano labor activism. Features boycott information, email actions, events, links and news.

Arab and Muslim Resources

Women/Feminist Resources

  • Minnesota Women's Press - Mission is "to promote communication by, about and among women in ways that create community and are grounded in a transforming feminist worldview." Also features local employment opportunities and woman-friendly businesses.
  • Equality Now - International human rights organization with action for civil, political, economic, and social rights for girls and women.
  • Feminist Majority - Comprehensive website on feminism. Addresses student activism, women's health, global feminism and much more. Also has email actions and feminist job listings.
  • American Association of University Women - Works toward education and equality for women and girls. Addresses issues such as welfare, civil rights, sex discrimination, and pay inequity. Features an action center and information about grants and fellowships for women seeking higher education or battling sex discrimination.
  • National Women's Studies Association - Works to promote and support the production and dissemination of knowledge about women and gender through teaching, learning, research and service in academic and other settings.
  • Everyday Feminism - Feminist digital media sites.

LGBT Resources

Disability Rights Resources

Physical Appearance Equality Resources

Poverty and Class Issues

  • World Hunger - Allows internet users to click on a button to provide free food to individuals suffering of hunger in over 74 countries worldwide.
  • One World - Addresses issues of world poverty and inequality. Publishes The New Internationalist.
  • Food First - Organization that views food as a fundamental right. It looks for solutions to poverty and hunger. Features an action center and resource library.
  • United for a Fair Economy - Addresses the income and wealth gap in the U.S. and world.

Resources for Challenging Corporations

  • Corporate Watch - Provides activists with tools to investigate and analyze corporate activity, expose corporate greed and support democratic control over corporations.
  • Green America - Addresses sweat shops, boycotts, socially responsible consumption, jobs and internships, action alerts. Provides a directory of boycotts.
  • Campaign for America's Future - Strategy center for the progressive movement.

Global Justice/Peace Resources

  • Global Exchange - Features information about international campaigns for peace and justice, a fair trade store, updates, actions, events and speaking tours.
  • World Policy Institute - Policy research and advocacy on critical world problems.
  • School of the Americas Watch - Addresses U.S. training of soldiers who participate in human rights violations.
  • One World - Addresses issues of world poverty and inequality. Publishes The New Internationalist.
  • Worldwatch Institute - Public policy research organization on emerging global problems and trends, and the complex links between the world economy and environmental support systems.
  • Women Against Military Madness - A nonviolent feminist organization that works in solidarity with others to create a system of social equality, self-determination and justice through education and empowerment of women.
  • War Resister's League - WRL centers its work on education and action. WRL is committed not only to eliminating war, but the causes of war-causes intricately linked to the violence that pervades our society.
  • International A.N.S.W.E.R (Act Now to Stop War & End Racism) - Provides calls for worldwide rallies against war and racism.
  • National Labor Committee - Information about sweat shops and child labor.

Environmental Resources

  • Worldwatch Institute - Public policy research organization on emerging global problems and trends and links between world economy and environmental problems.
  • Emagazine - Online magazine which addresses environmental issues.
  • Greenpeace - Addresses global environmental problems and promotes solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future.

Animal Rights Resources

Food Safety Resources

  • Organic Consumers Association - A nonprofit, public interest group which works to ensure food safety and continued sustainability of food production. An excellent resource.
  • Viva Veggie: 101 Reasons Why I Became a Vegetarian - Powerful and well documented research addressing environmental, human and animal rights, and health issues.
  • Food First - Works to end the injustices that cause hunger through research, education and action.
  • Center for Science in the Public Interest - Consumer advocacy organization that aims to conduct research and advocacy programs in health and nutrition, and to provide consumers with current, useful information about their health and well-being.

Grant Writing Resources

  • Grant Seekers - Grant writing information and resources as well as foundation information and tips and advice on writing grants.

Congressional Contacts

  • U.S. House of Representatives - Elected to a two-year term, each representative serves the people of a specific congressional district by introducing bills and serving on committees, among other duties. Includes scheduled hearings, votes and active legislation.
  • U.S. Senate - Two senators from each state are elected to six-year terms. Includes list of active legislation, scheduled hearings and votes.