April is Celebrate Diversity Month

Started in 2004, Celebrate Diversity Month was organized to recognize and honor the diversity surrounding us all. By celebrating differences and similarities during this month, we hope that people will get a deeper understanding of each other.

We challenge everyone to broaden their view of the world, and take some time to learn about cultures, populations or religions that are different from your own. We offer you some ways you can get started learning more about our differences.

Thank you to CSRwire.com (real-time source for sharing news focused on corporate social responsibility) for this pandemic-safe list of things we can all do to celebrate diversity: How to Celebrate Diversity Month at Home During COVID-19

Below are a few curated lists of films and documentaries, books, podcasts and volunteer opportunities to help you learn more about other cultures, populations, identities and religions.

April is Religious Diversity Month

Religious Diversity is also featured in April due to the Spring religious holidays. Learning about other religions is another way you can celebrate diversity. Here are a few ways to learn more right from your browser.

Films and Documentaries

Collection of Films and Documentaries About DE&I Topics, UC Berkeley

Resources for Identity Education: Movies, Videos and TED Talks, University of Missouri

Top 10 Religious Documentaries, PBS.org

Social and Cultural Documentaries, Netflix.com

Movies That Can Broaden Your Understanding Of Diversity Issues In The Workplace, Forbes.com

Books and Book Lists

Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Library, Harvard University

Listopia: Diversity Book Lists, GoodReads.com

30 Children's Books About Diversity That Celebrate Our Differences, BookRiot.com

Racial Justice, Racial Equity, and Anti-Racism Reading List, Harvard University


Top Diversity and Inclusion Podcasts, PodChaser

7 Podcasts to Add to Your Playlist That Talk Diversity, DiversityInc.com

Diversity Podcasts, PlayerFM.com

Training Sessions on Social Justice Issues

Coursera.org curated a collection of social justice courses:
Learn, Act, Impact with Courses in Social Justice, Climate Change, and more


Celebrate Diversity by Volunteering

There is no focus this month on a particular population or culture since we are celebrating ALL diversity, and in honor of that, we've pulled general links from VolunteerMatch.org for the Kansas City and Joplin campus communities.  

Kansas City-based organizations

Virtual-only opportunities  |  All opportunities

Joplin-based organizations

Virtual-only opportunities  |  All opportunities