*Part of PEN’s new and ongoing initiative, The PEN Equity Project

To truly comprehend how bias operates it must be looked at from many different angles. Provided here are a list of historical, political, and cultural resources on the way privilege and conscious and unconscious bias function as a barrier to achieving equity for marginalized groups.


The Case for Reparations by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Discussed: Everything


Thinking Out Loud: Democracy, Imagination and Peeps of Color by Sekou Sundiata

Discussed:  Diversity vs. Democracy, Semantics, Catch Phrases, Imagination and Art

The Supreme Court’s Diversity Dilemma by Linda Greenhouse

Discussed: Entomology, Affirmative Action, Beneficiaries, Scalia, Equal Protection


Yale’s Unsafe Spaces by Meghan O’Rourke

Discussed: Free Expression and the Exacerbation of Trauma, Compromise, Cultures vs. Costumes

The ‘Benefits’ of Black Physics Students by Jedidah C. Isler

Discussed: Mismatch Theory, Black Women and Astrophysics, Black Student’s Responsibility in the Classroom, Litigating Diversity

Campus Politics: A Cheat Sheet by Alia Wong and Adrienne Greene

Discussed:  The Lack of Isolated Incidents, Historical Roots and Protests, Conflicts Deep and Wide


The Least Diverse Jobs in America by Bourree Lam

Discussed: White Lawyers and Surplus, Incomplete Data, Decades of Divide

How Will the American Workforce Change? by Rebecca J. Rosen, Li Zhou, Adrienne Greene, Gillian B. White and Alana Semuels

Discussed: Labor in light of the New Year, Housing, Healthcare, Employment


What It’s Really Like to Work in Hollywood (*If you’re not a straight white man.) by Melena Ryzik

Discussed: First Hand Accounts, Privilege, Shakespeare, Accents, Skin

Aziz Ansari on Acting, Race and Hollywood by Aziz Ansari

Discussed: #OscarsSoWhite, The Blackface of Hollywood, Theatre, and Opera


Among N.F.L. Coaches, a Lack of Diversity Trickles Up by Ken Belsen

Discussed: Coaching, Power, and Recruitment