Vice President, Office of Transformational and Inclusive Excellence
|Her Allies: A Practical Toolkit to Help Men Lead Through Advocacy
|"Her Allies" helps share how men can be included in the gender equality conversation about women in the workplace. In essence it’s about helping build an inclusive workplace.
|White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son
|This book encourages the examination of white priviledge from an insider's perspective. It encourages a "serious personal interrogation of white privilege."
|How to Be An Antiracist
|Combinging social commentary and memoir, Kendi's book discusses "concepts of racism and Kendi's proposals for anti-racist individual actions and systemic changes."
|Nothing About Us Without Us: Disability Oppression and Empowerment
|"...a theoretical overview of disability oppression that shows its similarities to, and differences from, racism, sexism, and colonialism."
|Demystifying Disability: What to Know, What to Say, and How to Be an Ally
|An intersectional guide that offers all readers a welcoming place to understand disability as part of the human experience.
|Trans Like Me
|An look into themes of gender, authenticity, and society.
|Decolonizing Solidarity: Dilemmas and Directions for Supporters of Indigenous Struggles
|Land advocates for “public political action and critical self-reflection” as a way to build alliances and implement social change when it comes to being supportive of indigenous struggles.
|The Diversity Gap: Where Good Intentions Meet True Cultural Change
|A sweeping leadership framework to institute clear and intentional actions throughout your organization so that people of all racial backgrounds are empowered to lead, collaborate, and excel at work.
|Deflective Whiteness: Co-Opting Black and Latinx Identity Politics (Race and Mediated Cultures)
|Analyzing a wide-ranging collection of cultural objects—memes, oration, music, advertisements, and news coverage—Noel shows how White deflection sustains and reproduces structures of inequality and injustice.
|The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion
|How moral judgments arise not from reason but from gut feelings. He shows why liberals, conservatives, and libertarians have such different intuitions about right and wrong, and he shows why each side is actually right about many of its central concerns.
Research on course evaluations increasingly finds evidence that bias impacts how instructors are rated. These studies underscore that gender, race, ethnicity, accent, sexual orientation, and disability status can impact students’ ratings of instructors. We include selected research on course evaluations below, to inform discussions and initiatives to address these trends and forms of bias.
Acker, G. M. (2012). The impact of accent on college students' perceptions and evaluations of professors. Journal of Communications Media Studies, 4(1), 63+. This study looks at the effects of professors' ethnicity and accent on students' evaluations of their teaching effectiveness.
This study brings light to the cross-cultural challenges that foreign-accented speech professors encounter in the classroom, especially with a student population from different ethnic, racial, and national backgrounds.
Two studies were conducted on students’ perceptions of lesbian and gay professors. Students rated professors on topics such as political bias, professional competence, and warmth. The study results suggested that students might use varied criteria to evaluate LGBTQIA+ professors and their ability to teach courses objectively.
Basow, S. A., Phelan, J. E., & Capotosto, L. (2006). Gender Patterns in College Students’ Choices of Their Best and Worst Professors. Psychology of Women
Quarterly, 30(1), 25–35.
Over 100 predominately white students were asked to describe their best and worst professors. The study shows that more female professors were chosen as “best” by female students and less by their male students. There was no gender difference for “worst” professors. “Best” professors were typically described as caring and knowledgeable. The findings suggest that gender dynamics should be paid greater attention to within the classroom and student evaluations.
Boring, Anne. (2017). Gender biases in student evaluations of teaching. Journal of Public Economics 145:27-41.
This article uses data from a French university to examine gender biases in student evaluations of teaching (SETs). The different teaching dimensions that students value in male and female professors were inclined to match gender stereotypes. Men are perceived by both male and female students as being more knowledgeable and having stronger class leadership skills (which are stereotypically associated with males), despite the fact that students appear to learn as much from women as from men.
Chávez, K., & Mitchell, K. (2020). Exploring Bias in Student Evaluations: Gender, Race, and Ethnicity. PS: Political Science & Politics, 53(2), 270-274.
This article details the research showing that in instructor evaluations students are biased against women. This article also dives into the relationship between evaluations and gender and race/ethnicity. Findings of this research show that instructors who are female and persons of color receive lower scores on student evaluations than those who are white males.
Doerer, K. (2022). Colleges are getting smarter about student evaluations. here's how. The Chronicle of Higher Education.
This article describes a study on the relationship between student evaluations and grade inflation conducted at the University of Oregon. The article continues on to describe the systemic changes that occurred as a result of findings of this research.
Fan Y, Shepherd LJ, Slavich E, Waters D, Stone M, Abel R, et al. (2019). Gender and cultural bias in student evaluations: Why representation matters. PLoS ONE
Gendered and racial inequalities are present in even the most progressive of workplaces. In higher education, bias in performance evaluation has been hypothesized as one of the reasons as to why very few women make it to the top of the academic hierarchy. The findings of this study suggest that these biases may decrease with an increase of represented minority groups.
Flaherty, Colleen (2021). What's really going on with respect to bias and teaching evals?
The study finds that course evaluations are greatly impacted by characteristics unrelated to actual instructor quality. Courses with lighter workloads or higher grading distributions do have better scores from students. Additionally, the study found that gender, race, ethnicity, accent, disability status, and sexual orientation had a great impact on teacher evaluations.
Hamilton, J. (2021). CSUF professor examines accent bias and how we perceive others. Orange County Register.
This article discusses a series of studies conducted on accent bias and accent privilege, while working to identify what factors might help diminish people’s judgment of a person based solely on their accent.
Wolfe, J. (2022). Inside higher ed. Teaching evaluations reflect colleges' commitment to diversity (opinion).
In this article, the author discusses how evaluations reflect the universities’ lack of commitment to diversity and provides three action items that institutions should implement.
Key, E. M., & Ardoin, P. J. (2019). Analysis | students rate male instructors more highly than female instructors. We tried to counter that hidden bias. The
Throughout academia, including in political science, women haven’t achieved parity with men. This series explores the implicit bias that holds women back at every stage, from the readings professors assign to the student evaluations that influence promotions and pay, from journal publications to book awards.
Kreitzer, R.J., Sweet-Cushman, J. (2022). Evaluating Student Evaluations of Teaching: A Review of Measurement and Equity Bias in SETs and Recommendations for Ethical Reform. J Acad Ethics 20, 73–84.
Student Evaluations of Teaching (SETs) have minimal or no correlation with student learning. Furthermore, data repeatedly finds that women faculty, faculty of color, and other marginalized groups are subject to bias in SETs.
MacNell, L., Driscoll A., & Hunt A. N. (2015). "What’s in a name: Exposing gender bias in student ratings of teaching." Innovative Higher Education 40 (4):291-303.
In many cases, the career advancement and outcomes of teachers in higher education are based significantly on student ratings and evaluations. In this study, instructors of an online course worked under two different gender identities. Results showed that the male identity was rated much higher than the female identity.
Mengel, Friederike, Jan Sauermann, & Ulf Zölitz. (2018). "Gender bias in teaching evaluations." Journal of the European Economic Association 17 (2):535-566.
This paper provides new evidence on gender bias in teaching evaluations. It is noted that female teachers consistently received lower graded evaluation in comparison to their male counterparts. The authors suggest that there are indirect effects on the career progression of female teachers as a result of these evaluations.
Miles, Patti, and Deanna House. (2015). "The Tail Wagging the Dog; An Overdue Examination of Student Teaching Evaluations." International Journal of Higher
Education 4 (2):116-126.
The purpose of this research was to examine the impact of factors beyond the professor's control and subsequently, their unique impact on Student Teaching Evaluations (STEs). This research could have great social implications if widely read across academic circles as it shows the biases present in STEs.
Rivera, L.A., & Tilcsik, A. (2019). Scaling down inequality: rating scales, gender bias, and the architecture of evaluation. American Sociological Review. 84 (2),
248–274. DOI: 10.1177/0003122419833601.
Performance ratings heavily influence career advancement for employees. The authors discuss how evaluators tend to rate male workers significantly higher that female workers, even if their qualifications and performances are identical.
Smith, B. P., & Hawkins, B. (2011). Examining Student Evaluations of Black College Faculty: Does Race Matter? The Journal of Negro Education, 80(2), 149–162.
The purpose of this study was to characterize the undergraduate student ratings of teaching effectiveness modeled on the traditional 36-item end-of-course evaluation form used at a predominantly white institution (PWI). Additionally, this study used critical race theory (CRT) as a way to compare the effectiveness of tenure-track faculty based on race (White, Black, and Other racial groups including Asians, Latinos, and Native Americans).
Subtirelu, Nicholas Close. (2015). “She does have an accent but…”: Race and language ideology in students' evaluations of mathematics instructors on RateMyProfessors. com." Language in Society 44 (1):35-62.
Nonnative English speakers (NNESs) who teach at English speaking, medium sized institutions in the United States (US) are often the subject of student complaints. This study dives into the extent to which these preconceptions are consistent in students’ evaluations of ‘Asian’ math professors on the website RateMyProfessors.com (RMP).
|The Bystander Effect: The Psychology of Courage and How to be Brave
|Using "real-life examples, neuroscience and the latest psychological studies" Catherine Sanderson explains "why we might be good at recognising bad behaviour but bad at taking action against it."
|Why We Act: Turning Bystanders into Moral Rebels
|"Why We Act draws on the latest developments in psychology and neuroscience to tackle an urgent question: Why do so many of us fail to intervene when we’re needed—and what would it take to make us step up?"
|I’ve Got Your Back
|Jorge Arteaga and Emily May
|Teaches readers the ins and outs of bystander intervention using Right to Be's methodology: the 5D's of bystander intervention--distract, delegate, document, delay, and direct. Each chapter of the book dives deeply into what these D's can look like in practice, whether you are in public, online, or at work.
|The Person You Mean to Be: How Good People Fight Bias
|In this book Chugh shares how to confront racism, sexism, inequality, and injustice through constant growth, identifying privilege, and an understanding of how to identify bias.
|No Innocent Bystanders: Becoming an Ally in the Struggle for Justice
|Christopher Duucot and Shannon Craigo-Snell
|No Innocent Bystanders looks at the role of allies in social justice movements and asks what works, what doesn't, and why.
|Response Ability: A Complete Guide to Bystander Intervention
|This book reviews research on bystander behavior to explain "why people don't act even when not acting goes against their conscience" and to offer "practical solutions and skills for intervening in a safe, effective and respectful way."
|Disrupting the Bystander: When #metoo Happens Among Friends
|"Combining behavioral neuroscience and insights from those on the frontlines of harm intervention, Disrupting the Bystander helps us break out of paralysis so that we can best support those we love—whether they were hurt or hurt someone else."
|Not On My Watch: The Bystanders Handbook for the Prevention of Sexual Violence
|A comic book that emphasizes the importance of bystander intervention and provides real world strategies and examples to encourage and help the reader, especially for sexual violence.
|Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories From the Twenty-First Century
|A collection of contemporary essays by people with different disabilities "on the joys and challenges of the modern disability experience."
|A first-hand experience of living with Ichthyosis, a a genetic skin condition
|Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist
|One of the most influential disability rights activists in US history tells her personal story of fighting for the right to receive an education, have a job, and just be human and the "battle to achieve respect, acceptance, and inclusion in society."
|A Disability History of the United States
|Kim E. Nielsen
|This book examines "primary-source documents and social histories to retell American history through the eyes, words, and impressions of the people who lived it."
|We're Not Broken: Changing the Autism Conversation
|A guide to the autistic experience that showcases the "intersectional issues (such as race, gender identity and sexual orientation, and income level) autistic people face and how so many misconceptions about it have come to be part of the popular consciousness." -- Reviewer's comment
Pride Against Prejudice: A Personal Politics of Disability
|An examination of disability from a feminist perspective using lenses of "current and historical debates on the quality of disabled peoples lives; the way disability is represented within Western culture; institutionalization and independence; feminist research and community care; and the politics of the disability movement."
|The Cancer Journals
|Through journal entry, memoir, and exposition, Audre Lorde reflects on her breast cancer and mastectomy.
|Nujeen: One Girl's Incredible Journey from War-Torn Syria in a Wheelchair
|Christina Lamb and Nujeen Mustafa
|Born with cerebral palsy and confined to a wheelchair, Nujeen and her family undertake a sixteen-month trip to flee the fighting in Syria. Her tale of resilence takes her through several countries, until she arrives in Germany.
|Colors of the Wind: The Story of Blind Artist and Champion Runner George Mendoza
|J. L. Powers
|We learn the story of artist and runer George Mendoza who has found success, despite his disability.
|Not If I See You First
|This is an "extraordinary YA debut about a blind teen girl navigating life and love in high school."
|This is a "political story of a confident woman forced to confront an unnerving new reality when in the space of a single week her wife leaves her and she is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. It is also"... a glimpse into ableism and the ways disabled folk struggle for independence in a society that wishes to erase them."
|After attempting suicide and getting her legs amputated, a young woman is invited to group of disabled people in charge of navigating and keeping secret the relationship between Hollywood stardom and the fey.
|QDA: A Queer Disability Anthology
|Raymond Luczak (edited)
|Featuring fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and comics by 48 writers from around the world, QDA: A Queer Disability Anthology proves that intersectionality isn't just a buzzword.
|Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability
|"Beauty is a Verb is a ground-breaking anthology of disability poetry, essays on disability, and writings on the poetics of both."
|A Time to Dance
|This is a stunning novel about a girl who’s grown used to receiving applause for her dance prowess and flexibility now adjusting to a prosthetic leg and refusing to let her disability rob her of her dream to dance.
|What Works: Gender Equality by Design
|Presenting research-based solutions, Iris Bohnet hands us the tools we need to move the needle in classrooms and boardrooms, in hiring and promotion, benefiting businesses, governments, and the lives of millions.
|Caroline Criado Perez
|Invisible Women shares how a gender gap in data perpetuates bias and disadvantages women.
|Shared Sisterhood: How to Take Collective Action for Racial and Gender Equity at Work
|Tina Opie and Beth A. Livingston
|This book advocates for collective activism (Shared Sisterhood) to help foster equity in the organizations and society.
|Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference
|Debunking the myth of hardwired differences between men’s and women’s brains, unraveling the evidence behind such claims as men’s brains aren’t wired for empathy and women’s brains aren’t made to fix cars.
|Different: Gender Through the Eyes of a Primatologist
|Frans de Waal
|"... despite the linkage between gender and biological sex, biology does not automatically support the traditional gender roles in human societies. While humans and other primates do share some behavioral differences, biology offers no justification for existing gender inequalities".
|Women, Power, and Politics: The Fight for Gender Equality in the United States
|Lori Cox Han
|The book "offers a timely and engaging analysis of classic and contemporary gender-related issues, focusing on the role of women as active participants in government and the public policies that affect women in their daily lives."
|The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience
|Hillary Rodham Clinton
|"Hillary Rodham Clinton and her daughter, Chelsea, share the stories of the gutsy women who have inspired them—women with the courage to stand up to the status quo, ask hard questions, and get the job done."
|Extraordinary Women In History: 70 Remarkable Women Who Made a Difference, Inspired & Broke Barriers
|A collection of stories about 70 exceptional women who have broken glass ceilings and made history, showing that anything is possible.
|Entitled: How Male Privilege Hurts Women
|"Cornell philosopher Kate Manne offers a radical new framework for understanding misogyny... Manne’s book shows how privileged men’s sense of entitlement - to sex, yes, but more insidiously to admiration, care, bodily autonomy, knowledge, and power - is a pervasive social problem with often devastating consequences."
|The Authority Gap
|Mary Ann Sieghart
|This book shared why women are taken less seriously than men and what they can do about it.
|Call Me a Woman: On Our Way to Equality and Peace
|The author shares their personal story paired with research, interviews, global studies, and activism to push "awareness and change perceptions of how we view what happens to girls and women world-wide."
|We Should All Be Feminists
|Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
|Through anecdotes and analysis, We Should All be Feminists explains feminism outside the misandry it’s often misontrued as, while teaching how to be a 21st century feminist. In sharing this, it encourages allyship and gender equity.
|They Said This Would Be Fun.
|A powerful, moving memoir about what it's like to be a student of colour on a predominantly white campus.
|A Map Is Only One Story
|Immigration, Family, and the Meaning of Home
|Living Beyond Borders
|Growing up Mexican in America
|Made in America
|Immigrant Students in Our Public Schools
|The Good Immigrant
|Reflection on America by 26 Writers
|The Book of Unknown Americans
|A stunning novel of hopes and dreams, guilt and love—a book that offers a resonant new definition of what it means to be American and "illuminate[s] the lives behind the current debates about Latino immigration"
|American Like Me
|Reflections on Life Between Cultures
|We Are Displaced
|My Journey and Stories from Refugee Girls Around the World
|We Are Not from Here
|Jenny Torres Sanchez
|A poignant novel of desperation, escape, and survival across the U.S.-Mexico border, inspired by current events.
|This Land Is Our Land: An Immigrant's Manifesto
|"...making the case against bigotry and for all of us migrants―what we are not, who we are, and why we deserve to be welcomed, not feared.”
|Finding Home: The Journey of Immigrants and Refugees
|Jen Sookfong Lee
|Discovering how human migration has shaped our world
The Office of Transformational and Inclusive Excellence promotes communication practices that support and contribute to belonging for all members of the Miami community. Inclusive language puts our humanity at the forefront and allows everyone to feel recognized and valued. Learning about and using respectful, identity-affirming language is key to creating a welcoming environment for all members of our community.
In alignment with strategic efforts around diversity, equity, and inclusion, this Inclusive Language Guide provides best practices and resources for language usage on
This is a living document, and the Miami community is invited to contribute to our inclusive langauge approach. If you have any suggestions or recommendations, please email OIDI@miamioh.edu.
|The Diversity Gap
|Where Good Intentions Meet True Cultural Change
|How the Other Half Eats
|The Untold Story of Food and Inequality in America
|Rhona B. Genzel
|Culturally Speaking builds useful, comfortable, communication skills in a new culture through an interactive exploration of everyday experiences. Students share their own cultural thoughts and traditions and compare them with contemporary American customs and everyday situations.
|We Move Together
|"We Move Together follows a mixed-ability group of kids as they creatively negotiate everyday barriers and find joy and connection in disability culture and community"
|En Comunidad: Lessons for Centering the Voices and Experiences of Bilingual Latinx Students
|En Comunidad brings bilingual Latinx students' perspectives to the center of our classrooms. Its culturally and linguistically sustaining lessons begin with a study of language practices in students' lives and texts, helping both children and teachers think about their ideas on language
|Global Indigenous Communities: Historical and Contemporary Issues in Indigeneity
|Lavonna L. Lovern
|An academic study of Indigenous issues, covering Indigenous community life, religion, the environment, economic matters, education, and healthcare,
|Cultural Intelligence: Improving Your CQ to Engage Our Multicultural World (Youth, Family, and Culture)
|David A. Livermore
|Exploring the much-needed skill of Cultural Intelligence (CQ), the ability to work effectively across national, ethnic, and even organizational cultures
|Culture and Diversity (Together in Our World)
|This children’s book on diversity explains what culture is and how it influences our lives.
|Use Your difference to make a Difference
|How to connect and communicate in a cross-cultural world
|This children’s book on diversity explains what culture is and how it influences our lives.
|Women, Race & Class
|Angela Y. Davis
|A powerful study of the women’s liberation movement and the tangled knot of oppression facing Black women.
|Diversity and Society: Race, Ethnicity, and Gender
|Joseph F. Healey
|Exploring a variety of experiences within groups, paying particular attention to the intersection of gender with race and ethnicity
|White Tears/Brown Scars: How White Feminism Betrays Women of Color
|This book of history and cultural criticism reveals how white feminism has been used as a weapon of white supremacy and patriarchy deployed against Black and Indigenous women, and women of color.
|The Intersectional Environmentalist: How to Dismantle Systems of Oppression to Protect People + Planet
|The Intersectional Environmentalist examines the inextricable link between environmentalism, racism, and privilege, and promotes awareness of the fundamental truth that we cannot save the planet without uplifting the voices of its people -- especially those most often unheard.
|Race, Class, and Gender: Intersections and Inequalities
|Margaret L. Andersen and Patricia Hill Collins
|Demonstration of how the complex intersection of people's race, class, gender and sexuality shapes their experiences in U.S. society
|A Woman's Place: Inside the Fight for a Feminist Future
|A fearless primer on the feminism we need now: tactics for advancing reproductive justice, promoting intersectionality, and pushing back against patriarchal systems of oppression
|Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents
|Explores, through an immersive, deeply researched narrative and stories about real people, how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a rigid hierarchy of human rankings.
|Gendered Lives: Intersectional Perspectives
|An interdisciplinary text-reader that provides an introduction to women's and gender studies within a global context by examining the diversity of US women's lives across categories of race-ethnicity, class, sexuality, gender expression, disability, age, and immigration status
|Intersectionality in Action: A Guide for Faculty and Campus Leaders for Creating Inclusive Classrooms and Institutions
|The book pulled together a timely resource for campus leaders that recognizes the multidimensionality of students' identities and the imperative for institutions to pursue an intersectional approach to diversity on campus
|This Will Be My Undoing
|Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America
|Re/Formation and Identity: The Intersectionality of Development, Culture, and Immigration
|Deborah J. Johnson
|contemporary and emergent theories of identity formation to timely questions of identity re/formation and development in immigrant families across diverse ethnicities and age groups
|The Book of Pride: LGBTQ Heroes Who Changed the World
|A true story of the gay rights movement from the 1960s to the present, through richly detailed, stunning interviews with the leaders, activists, and ordinary people who witnessed the movement and made it happen
|The Savvy Ally: A Guide for Becoming a Skilled LGBTQ+ Advocate
|An enjoyable, humorous, encouraging, easy to understand guidebook for being an ally to the LGBTQ+ communities
|Beyond the Gender Binary
|A fierce, penetrating, and empowering call for change
|What If It's Us
|Two very different boys who can’t decide if the universe is pushing them together—or pulling them apart.
|Queer: The Ultimate LGBT Guide for Teens
|Marke Bieschke and Kathy Belge
|Honest and engaging, Queer takes LGBT teens on an awesome and enlightening journey through the sometimes scary, sometimes silly, and always fabulous world of queer life
|The Real Lives of Transgender and Nonbinary Humans: A Publish Your Purpose Anthology
|Publish Your Purpose Press
|Powerful collection of stories, told by transgender and nonbinary people of all ages and from all walks of life
|Queerfully and Wonderfully Made: A Guide for LGBTQ+ Christian Teens
|Answers to all these questions and more about LGBTQ+ for chistianteens
|Where Go From Here
|An absorbing debut novel about three gay young adults in Brazil whose lives become intertwined in the face of HIV
|Safe Is Not Enough: Better Schools for LGBTQ Students
|Illustration of how educators can support the positive development of LGBTQ students in a comprehensive way so as to create truly inclusive school communities
|Greedy: Notes from a Bisexual Who Wants Too Much
|An intimate look at bisexuality, gender, and, of course, sex. Perfect for fans of Lindy West, Samantha Irby, and Rebecca Solnit—and anyone who wants, and deserves, to be seen.
Miami University has over 130 student groups dedicated to diversity efforts on campus. Connect to The Hub to explore diversity-based student groups and other groups on the Miami Campus.
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