Open Educational Resources and Ethnic Studies

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This collection was curated by an ASCCC OERI discipline lead. A comprehensive list of current discipline leads is available.

Ethnic Studies

Introduction to Ethnic Studies


Black Lives Matter Collective Storytelling Project (University of Washington, 2021) (CC BY-NC-ND) Student reflections on race, racism, and racial justice. A University of Washington, Tacoma cross-course collaboration.

Latinxs and Black Lives Matter: Latinx Talk Mini-Reader #1 (Amador and Delgadillo, 2021) (CC BY-NC-ND) Latinx Talk Mini-Readers offers a curated selection of essays and creative work followed by discussion questions relevant to the readings. These mini-readers are made for classroom and community use.

Primary Sources

San Francisco State College Strike Collection (San Francisco State University DIVA Project) (Licenses vary.) Collections include primary sources, newspaper coverage, photos, protest signs, and TV coverage of the San Francisco State College Strike for Ethnic Studies in 1968-1969.

Digital Public Library of America/Digital Public Library in OER Commons is a database of sources with creative commons licenses. The Digital Public Library of America Primary Source Sets are “primary source collections exploring topics in history, literature, and culture developed by educators — complete with teaching guides for class use.” You can search by topic or explore one of the subject areas listed below. All resources are licensed CC BY.

Calisphere provides free access to unique and historically significant artifacts for research, teaching, and curious exploration. Some sources in Calisphere are not openly licensed. The collections in Calisphere have been digitized and contributed by all ten campuses of the University of California and other important libraries, archives, and museums throughout the state. Discover over two million photographs, documents, letters, artwork, diaries, oral histories, films, advertisements, musical recordings, and more. For Ethnic Studies disciplinary content, visit Calisphere: Ethnic Studies Library.

Resources for Assignments and Activities

Race and Ethnicity Statistics from Pew Research Center. The Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes, and trends shaping the world. The organization conducts public opinion polling, demographic research, content analysis, and other data-driven social science research. This website can provide factual information on racial disparities, social attitudes, and other relevant topics in Ethnic Studies.

Racial Equity Tools is designed to support individuals and groups working to achieve racial equity. This website includes free educational resources, activities, and evaluation tools. This site offers tools, research, tips, curricula, and ideas for people who want to increase their understanding and help those working toward justice at every level – in systems, organizations, communities, and the culture at large. Note that you will need to create a free account to access materials.

Opportunity Atlas is an interactive mapping website that allows students to visualize inequalities in wealth and income by neighborhood, socioeconomic background, race, and gender. Instructors can use this for a group activity or self-directed exploration. This browser-based interactive mapping tool is well-suited for face-to-face or online delivery.

The Native Land Digital Map is a guide for identifying Indigenous peoples in various geographic regions throughout the United States and worldwide. It provides relevant links and sources to help learners understand the context of active tribal groups. This resource can be used for activities and discussions and to inform students about the practice of land acknowledgments and Land Back movements.

Media and Films

Justseeds Graphics contains images by various artists. All resources are CC BY-NC-ND. The repository includes a tagged collection of over 1,000 sources on subjects, including indigenous resistance, racial justice, and works from various movements and activist artists. Images cannot be modified but can be shown and copied freely.

TEDTalks has educational speeches by various individuals that are licensed CC BY-NC-ND. Their website allows you to search by keyword or topic. Some relevant examples are included below:


MPDI Open Access Journals consists of open-access journals on various interdisciplinary topics that may be useful for introductory Ethnic Studies courses. These open articles can be adapted to introduce fundamental concepts and examples in Ethnic Studies. Some journals published by MPDI include Arts, Climate, COVID, Education, Health, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Religions, Sports, Sustainability, Trends in Higher Education, Urban Science, Water, and Youth.

International Journal of Information, Diversity, & Inclusion presents wide-ranging and multidisciplinary perspectives on the intersection of equity, social justice, and information. IJIDI is a quarterly, open-access online journal sponsored by the Information & Computer Science Dept. (Library & Information Science Program), University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, and Faculty of Information (iSchool), University of Toronto.

African American Studies

Introduction to African American Studies


The texts included here are appropriate for a history course focusing on the African American experience. Supplemental materials would be needed for an African American Studies, or Black Studies course taught from an Ethnic Studies perspective.

Slavery to Liberation: The African American Experience (Joshua Farrington et al., 2019); Slavery to Liberation: The African American Experience (Joshua Farrington et al., 2019) in LibreTexts (CC BY-NC) This text gives instructors, students, and general readers a comprehensive and up-to-date account of African Americans’ cultural and political history, economic development, artistic expressiveness, and religious and philosophical worldviews in a critical framework.

African American History (Lumen) in LibreTexts (Licenses vary.) This resource provides historical material that offers context for African American experiences, ranging from African heritage to the days following the end of legalized chattel slavery in the United States in the Reconstruction era.

Course Resources

Black Matters: Introduction to Black Studies (DeGraff, MIT Open Courseware, 2017) (CC BY-NC-SA) This open-access course provides an introduction to Black Studies, and it includes sample assignments, presentation assignments with examples, lecture videos, and instructor insights. Note that some of the images and sources used within the courses are noted as copyrighted materials.

African American History: From Emancipation to the Present (Holloway, Open Yale Courses, 2010) (CC BY-NA-SA)The purpose of this course is to examine the African American experience in the United States from 1863 to the present (2010). Prominent themes include the end of the Civil War and the beginning of Reconstruction, African Americans’ urbanization experiences, and the development of the modern civil rights movement and its aftermath. This open course includes assignments and a reading list that could be adapted for different classroom contexts and updated with more recent material.

Native American Studies

Instructors in Native American Studies may be interested to explore and utilize the Traditional Knowledges Licenses developed by the organization Local Contexts that can be used in addition to or instead of Creative Commons licenses for open-source material. Local Contexts has crafted licensing and labeling practices that are more responsive to local-decision making and Indigenous frameworks for both governance and the sharing of artifacts, resources, and stories.

Many of the sources included listed on this page can be found in the Indigenous Voices Collection from Pressbooks that includes a range of disciplinary perspectives and diverse Indigenous authors. In addition, the BC Campus Indigenization Project in British Columbia has created a Pulling Together Learning series by Indigenous and ally authors that has also facilitated the creation of openly licensed content in Indigenous Studies. While relationship with and content about local Indigenous contexts will vary for different campuses, these sources provide examples that can be used in comparative contexts and offer conceptual perspectives to utilize in context.

Introduction to Native American Studies


Pulling Together: A Guide for Researchers, Hiłḵ̓ala (Biin, Canada, Chenoweth, and Neel, 2021) (CC BY-NC) This resource is part of a learning series for public post-secondary staff to begin or supplement ways to Indigenize the institution and professional practice.

Cree Dictionary of Mathematical Terms with Visual Examples (Sardarli and Swan, 2022) (CC BY) provides Cree equivalents of 176 mathematics terms and their definitions in English. The visual examples mainly contain Indigenous elements. The Dictionary was reviewed by Elders, Indigenous Knowledge Keepers, and Cree-speaking educators.

ECHO: Ethnographic, Cultural and Historical Overview of Yukon’s First Peoples (Castillo, Schreyer, and Southwick, 2020) (CC BY-NC-ND) ECHO is a handbook that provides the most current research pertaining to Yukon First Nations peoples. Topics include archaeology, ethnology, lifeways, relationships with newcomers (in the past and currently), the arts, and modern-day land claims. The volume also includes interviews with research collaborators who discuss the importance of community-based research.

Exploring Indigenous Foods and Food Sovereignty (Jonathan, Maracle, and Wild, 2020) (CC BY-NC-ND) This OER examines food sovereignty and food experiences in Haudenosaunee communities to explore ways of upholding our Haudenosaunee responsibilities to the land and enhancing the local practice of food sovereignty. Research findings revealed that local education about food sovereignty, Indigenous foods, and practices must be achieved to promote these concepts in the lives of Six Nations of the Grand River community members.

Global Femicide: Indigenous Women and Girls Torn from Our Midst, 2nd Edition (Anderson et al., 2021) (CC BY-NC) Laying Canadian stories alongside the global phenomenon of femicide in other colonized countries such as Mexico and Guatemala, this book underscores the common, interlocking effects of racism and sexism on Indigenous women. Family members, scholars and researchers, artists, activists, and policy-makers provide their decade-long perspectives, providing testimony and evidence that sexualized and racialized violence is not only a product of historic colonization but continues to manifest in entrenched systems of colonization and global femicide.

Healing and Reconciliation Through Education (Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre, 2019) (CC BY-SA) This resource is focused on teaching the history of the colonial legacy of Residential Schools, with an emphasis on exploring the unique history of the Shingwauk Residential School, which operated in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada. This project builds upon decades of archival research and data collection, including the recording of oral histories, under the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre’s (SRSC) mandate of ‘sharing, healing, and learning.’ ‘Realizing Healing and Reconciliation through Education’ is designed to increase the capacity of the SRSC to educate local, regional, and national audiences about the history of Residential Schools.

Nanihtsulyaz’  int’en (Do things gently) ʔes zuminstwáx kt (We take care of one another): The Role of Indigenous Elders in Student Mental Health and Wellness in the BC. Post-Secondary Education Environment (Devine et al., 2022) (CC BY-NC-ND) This illustrated booklet shows the holistic ways that Indigenous Elders support student mental health and wellness in the BC post-secondary system. It includes quotes from Elders and reflection questions to help readers think about the many ways that Elders’ presence, knowledge, and wisdom enrich the learning environment.

Indigenous Information Literacy (Chong et al., 2022) (CC BY-NC-ND) This book outlines best principles for working with Indigenous print and oral sources in academic research. Topics include evaluating Indigenous print sources for credibility and authenticity, finding Indigenous authors, and respectfully working with Elders.

Indigenous Teaching Resources: Students Collection (Bouvier et al., 2022) (CC BY-NC-ND) A compilation of resources to support Indigenous education initiatives. Includes picture book and chapter book used for K – 12 classrooms. Activities to support mathematics and science-based learning. A portion of resources is also dedicated to inter-generational learning.

Shingwauk Narratives: Sharing Residential School History (Lemay, Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre) (CC BY-NC) The Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre (SRSC), holds letter books of the first principal of the Shingwauk Residential School, Rev. Edward F. Wilson, and the fourth principal Rev. George L. King. The letters range in date from 1875-1904 and include a wealth of information about the early history of Shingwauk and Wawanosh. Descriptions and links to digitized versions of the ten books included in this collection can be found on the Algoma Archives website.

Asian American Studies

Introduction to Asian American Studies


Critical Filipinx American Histories and their Artifacts (Bonus and students, 2020) (CC BY-NC) The contents of this online book were created by Prof. Rick Bonus and his students as a final project for a course on “Critical Filipinx American Histories” in the Fall quarter of 2019 at the University of Washington, Seattle campus. In collaboration with the UW Libraries, the UW Burke Museum, and the UW Department of American Ethnic Studies, this book explores and reflects on the relationships between Filipinx American histories and selected artifacts at the Burke Museum. It is a class project that was made possible by the Allen Open Textbook Grant.


Race and Gender in Asian America (Teng, 2006; MIT Open Courseware) (CC BY-NC-SA) This seminar examines various issues related to the intersection of race and gender in Asian America, starting with the nineteenth century, but focusing on contemporary issues. Topics covered include racial and gender discourse, the stereotyping of Asian American women and men in the media, Asian American masculinity, Asian American feminisms and their relation to mainstream American feminism, the debate between feminism and ethnic nationalism, gay and lesbian identity, class and labor issues, domestic violence, interracial dating and marriage, and multiracial identity.

Chicanx and Latinx Studies

Introduction to Latina and Latino Studies

Texts in English

Environmentalisms in Latinx Studies: Latinx Talk Mini-Reader #2 (Jiménez and Delgadillo, 2022) (CC BY-NC-ND) A collection of essays that includes essential Latinx ideas, perspectives, and practices to promote environmental sustainability written by a variety of researchers, writers, and poets.

Latinx Media: An Open-Access Textbook (Navitski and Marsh, University of Georgia) is a copyrighted, open-access textbook. This open-access textbook explores multiple forms of media and unpacks the relationship between media and identity, history, and culture in the context of Latinx communities.

The Chicanos: As We See Ourselves (Trejo et al., 1979) (CC BY-NC-ND) Thirteen Chicanx scholars draw upon their personal experiences and expertise to paint a vivid, colorful portrait of what it means to be Chicanx, including political experiences, bicultural education, and history. The book provides a detailed account and definition of the Chicano Movement in 1979.

Texts in Spanish

These texts may be appropriate for an Introduction to Latina and Latino Studies section for Spanish speakers or one where Spanish is a prerequisite for the course.

Latin American History and Culture (Anadeli Bencomo, 2022) (CC BY-NC-SA) This book contains content on colonialism, regional variations in Latin America, revolution, and ethnic identity development.

Conocimientos Ancestrales: Descolonizando el Conocimiento Dentro de las Tradiciones Afro-Indígenas (Reyes-Santos and Lara) is a copyrighted, open access text. This comprehensive investigation into decolonization among Afro-Indigenous populations examines the lives and practices of healers as well as the medicinal benefits of these traditions.

This page last updated February 1, 2023.