DEI Resources

DEI Reading List

A Guide to Black LGBTQ+ Activism

Black LGBTQ+ activists have changed the course of Black history as a whole. Learn more about how these individuals have been integral to progress.

An Asian American Studies Perspective on Anti-Asian Violence in 2021

The #AtlantaSyllabus was designed for those who want to better understand this incident and this moment in all of their complexity.

African Americans and Jim Crow: Repression and protest, 1883-1922

Readex, Primary Source Collections.

African Americans and Reconstruction: Hope and Struggle, 1865 - 1883 

Readex, Primary Source Collections.

Antiracism: A Guide to Stories, Perspectives, and Connections

Curated by NOVA Libraries, this collection of eBooks, articles, videos, and podcasts explores the "history and conditions that have led to the unrest of 2020," provides resources to deepen an understanding of antiracism, and offers guidance to move forward as individuals and institutions.

Black History Month

A guide highlighting "the work of visionaries across disciplines carving a path towards a future full of black joy" - Created by the Annandale campus library.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Collection

Gale, eBook Collection.

Hispanic Heritage Month

NOVA Libraries offer this selection of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction titles by Latino and Hispanic writers in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Indigenous Peoples of North America

Gale, eBook Collection.

Women's History Month

A listing of resources compiled by the Annandale Library titled "Confidence and Joy," with inspirational and informative selections from female authors.


Rooms on Campus

Each NOVA campus has lactation spaces, meditation spaces, and single-occupancy restrooms that are gender inclusive. DEI Campus maps coming soon showing the locations.

DEI Related Educational Resources

DEI Campus Committee Members

Susan Monroe, Co-Chair

Laura Garcia Moreyra, Co-Chair

Jimmie R. McClellan

Timothy M. Dickinson

Chandell B. Miller

Emilia Butu

Marcus Henderson

Jay Vanover

Abid Mahmood

Jonnetta Moiso

Mohamed Ali

Eric Wynn

Rommel Aguilar, Chair

Nate Green

Mihaela Chamberlain

Sabrina Ricks

Nicole Langlois-Fisher

Tank McCarl

Elizabeth Dellavedova

Cecil Jackson

Deborah Deegan

Ala Abdelbaki

Cheri Bridgeforth

Felicia Blakeney

Zahra Rafie

Saleha Bholat, Chair

Kush Jenkins

Nicole Langlois-Fisher

Natalie Jamison

Alton Carroll

Chrystie Greges

Shannon Nieves

Tregel Cockburn

Barbaranne Liakos

Katherine Jennings

Laura Siko

Julie Leidig

Eddie Creppy

Christine A. Rainey, Co-Chair

Rebecca P. Harris-Scott, Co-Chair

Amany R. Ahmed

Jade E. Jones

Marrium Aleem

Gerald A. Powell

ThuyTien Ngo-Nguyen

Isabella Leon

Lauren N. Reyna

Chalet A. Jean Baptiste

R. Daphne Carter-McCants

John J. Cornicelli

Corrine House, Co-Chair

Kimberly Nicely, Co-Chair

Marina McGraw

Anmarie Kallas

Judi Green

Patricia Martin-Mattocks

Ruby Holland

Stephanie Fuller

Clyde Abbott

Mary Pat O’Brien

Lawrence Nightingale, Co-Chair

Sara Mendoza, Co-Chair

Kathy Grant

Russell Grooms

Monifa Hamilton

Jenny Lopez-Ramirez

Emily Stinson

Nicole Munday

Indigo Erickson

Idalia Rodriguez

Lisa Baker

Denise Sullivan

Jennifer Merril

Pronoun Usage Tips

Tips on Personal Pronoun Usage From The Office of DEI

In the interest of inclusive excellence and creating a welcoming environment for all students, faculty, and staff, the Office of DEI would like to share helpful resources reminding members of the community of techniques to share their personal pronouns and changed names with members of the college community.

The first step is to become more educated about the importance of personal pronouns and gender identity. The Office of DEI recommends faculty, staff and students review information from various resources, including websites like Pronouns Matter and a glossary of terms published by the Human Rights Campaign. In addition, please consult with leaders at the campus level working with student clubs that focus on LGBTQIA+ topics.

Secondly, the Office of DEI would like to encourage all faculty and staff to review information about LGBTQIA rights as ascribed by the College's Title IX office. Please see the website for our Title IX Office for more information.

Finally, to create a more welcoming environment for all students by increasing gender identity and pronoun visibility, the Office of DEI would like to share the following resources and tools.

For Students

Students can change their names in SIS Self-Service. Please see the attached slides for a tutorial on Adding Preferred Names, or follow this link to read about Changing User Preferences in SIS.

Please note that VCCS will ensure that the changed name appears on grade rosters to encourage faculty to use a student's changed name when possible. In addition, SIS will integrate with CANVAS and Navigate so a student's changed name is displayed to the students themselves as well as others they may interact with in virtual environments (classmates, faculty, advisors).

Additionally, per correspondence with VCCS Director of Student Support Services, Dr. Heather Sorrell, VCCS is also actively working to change the online application so under the variable gender in addition to "male," "female," "unknown," or "other" additional options such as "nonbinary" and "none of the above" will soon appear.

Finally, students who have updated Zoom to version 5.7.0 can add their personal pronouns to their Zoom profile so they always appear to users, and a guide to Adding and Sharing Your Pronouns is available via Zoom support.

For Faculty and Staff

NOVA faculty and staff who would like to add pronouns to their e-mail signature can learn how through this link, including instructions on changing your e-mail signature and a short, how-to video. Please remember to follow and incorporate NOVA's guidelines when changing your signature.

In addition, faculty and staff are encouraged to add their personal pronouns to their Zoom profiles. A guide to Adding and Sharing Your Pronouns is available via Zoom support.

As NOVA's Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer noted during PUP 2022, "Using Personal Pronouns and changed names is important because it helps to affirm who students, faculty, and staff are and how they choose to share their identities when they wish. When people feel seen and affirmed, they feel like they belong, and that is so important to our commitment to inclusive excellence."

Additional efforts to help create a more welcoming environment across our campuses and buildings are ongoing.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of DEI, NOVA's CDEIO, or representatives from the DEI Council and/or your DEI Campus Committee. Finally, if you or a student experience discrimination of any kind regarding gender identity, please report these incidents to NOVA's Title IX Officer.