Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources

External Diversity Resources

Diversity, equity, and inclusion-related resources assembled by members of the Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources' (SEER) Equity and Inclusion Task Force

Non-ABA resources are listed as a service to members. Listing is not an endorsement by the American Bar Association. The opinions expressed in the resources listed on this page are those of the authors and they do not purport to reflect the opinions or policies of the American Bar Association or the Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources.


15 Ways to Improve Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace 
SocialChorus is a workforce communications platform. This blog post includes a video and text with 15 ways to improve DEI in the workplace. Suggestions include having a diverse executive team and making workspaces inclusive with gender-friendly bathrooms and nursing rooms.

Achieving Workplace Inclusion: Three Steps Toward A Sustainable Organization
An article by Deborah Goldstein

On Being A Black American Biglaw Associate
An article by Lauren Skerrett

Racial microaggressions take a major toll on Black Americans
An article by Michelle Singletary

The Six Signature Traits of Inclusive Leadership
An article by Juliet Bourke

Working While Black: Stories from black corporate America
An article by Karen Yuan


11 Must Read Books on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Edgility is a consulting company that helps companies bring in diverse leadership. The 11 Must Read Books cover DEI topics including systematic bias and how to empower workers. “We Can’t Talk about That at Work! How to Talk about Race, Religion, Politics, and Other Polarizing Topics,” by Mary Frances Winters brings real life, practical examples to its readers and teaches how to make uncomfortable conversations comfortable.

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents
Isabel Wilkerson (2020)
In this book, the author discerns and examines how an unspoken caste system shaped America and left a hierarchy of human divisions.

Environmental Sustainability and Racism, An essay that explains how care of the environment, climate change, and anti-racism are linked and benefit from being taken on together
Russ Vernon Jones (2014)
The essay is a product of Coming Together: Understanding Racism, Building Fairness and Connection, a local project seeking deeper understanding of how race affects our nation.

It's the Manager: Moving From Boss to Coach
Jim Clifton (2019)

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success
Carol Dweck (2007)

Positive Professionals: Creating High-Performing Profitable Firms Through the Science of Engagement
Anne Brafford (2017)

Psychology of Prejudice and Discrimination
Mary Kite and Bernard Whitley
This book provides provides a comprehensive and compelling overview of what psychological theory and research have to say about the nature, causes, and reduction of prejudice and discrimination.

Radical Candor
Kim Scott (2019)

SAGE Handbook of Prejudice, Stereotyping and Discrimination
John Dovidio et al
This book provides comprehensive coverage on the state of research, critical analysis and promising avenues for further study on prejudice, stereotyping and discrimination. 

That's What She Said: What Men and Women Need To Know About Working Together
Joanne Lipman (2019)

The Color of Law, a Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America
Richard Rothstein (2017)
This book shows how local, state, and federal government laws and policies promoted segregation and discriminatory patterns that continue to this day.

The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation, and Growth
Amy Edmondson 

The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization
Peter Senge (2006)

The Tyranny of the Meritocracy:  Democratizing Higher Education in America
Lani Guinier (2015)
This book criticizes the admission practices of higher education institutions for focusing on elite individuals instead of ability to collaborate in learning communities geared to advance democratic societies.  She has published many books addressing race, including The Miner’s Canary (2003) and Tyranny of he Majority (1995).

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism
Robin DiAngelo (2018)


Western Oregon University’s Student Affairs Committee on Inclusion Movie List  
WOU provides a list of movies that cover themes covering race, racism, mental illness, and sexual orientation. It should be noted Just Mercy, a 2019 film based on the bestselling book by Bryan Stevenson, is another film to consider. Just Mercy details the true story of young lawyer, Bryan Stevenson, the founder of the Equal Justice initiative, representing an African American man wrongly convicted of murder.


7 Podcasts to Add to Your Playlist That Talk Diversity
Our lives are busy now, and sometimes podcasts are a quick and easy way to learn. These 7 podcasts are geared towards helping people understand what diversity is, and why is important in life. Among the listed podcasts is The Diversity Gap, a podcast hosted by racial justice educator, Bethaney Wilkinson. 

Other Resources

DRIVEN Professionals Blog
DRIVEN Professionals provides support and tools to enable motivated professionals to live more productive, engaged and energized lives.

The Law Firm Sustainability Network (LFSN)
LFSN is a nonprofit organization of law firms and legal departments committed to promoting the benefits of environmental sustainability and corporate social responsibility within their firms and throughout the legal industry.

The Mansfield Rule
The Mansfield Rule, inspired by a winning idea at the 2016 Women in Law Hackathon, measures whether law firms have affirmatively considered at least 30 percent women, lawyers of color, LGBTQ+ lawyers, and lawyers with disabilities for leadership and governance roles, equity partner promotions, formal client pitch opportunities, and senior lateral positions.