Ferris Resources

Diversity Resources

African American Resources:

  • NAACP - 
NAACP (The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) has strived to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination. 

 - The mission of ASALH (Association for the Study of African American Life and History)  is to promote, research, preserve, interpret and disseminate information about black life, history and culture to the global community.
  • National Urban League (NUL) - National Urban League was founded in 1910 to provide economic and education opportunities, and guarantee civil rights for those underserved in America. NUL focuses on achieving education, employment, housing and healthcare in communites in need. 
  • Rainbow/Push Coalition - The Rainbow/PUSH Coalition is a combination of a grassroots and a political organization merged together in 1997, which seeks to protect, defend and gain civil rights and to even the economic and educational playing fields in all aspects of American life and to bring peace to the world.       

Asian American Resources:

  • Asian-Nation
 - Asian-Nation - your one-stop information resource and overview of the historical, demographic, political, and cultural issues that make up today's diverse Asian American community. You can think of Asian-Nation as an online version of "Asian Americans 101." 

  • Asian American Studies Center
 - Asian American Studies Center enriches the experience of the universities by contributing to an understanding of the long neglected history, rich cultural heritage, and present position of Asian Americans in our society.
  • Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC) - AAJC strives to expand civil and human rights for Asian Americans. The main goal is to give Asian Americans the best tools for establishing policies and programs that will affect the community positively.

Disabilities Resources:

  • Disabilities Services - The purpose of Disabilities Services is to serve and advocate for students with disabilities, empowering them for self-reliance and independence while promoting equal access to educational opportunities and programs.
  • Cornucopia of Disability Information
 - Cornucopia of Disability Information (CODI) is just that; a cornucopia of information regarding disability data, challenges, rehabilitation, etc.
  • National Council on Disabilities
 - The overall purpose of the National Council on Disabilities (NCD) is to promote policies, programs, practices, and procedures that guarantee equal opportunity for all individuals with disabilities
  • NOD
 - NOD (National Organization on Disability) focuses on increasing employment opportunities for the 79 percent of working-age Americans with disabilities who are not employed. 
  • Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) - DREDF is a national law and policy center dedicated to protecting and advancing the civil rights of people with disabilities through legislation, litigation, advocacy, technical assistance, and education and training of attorneys, advocates, persons with disabilities, and parents of children with disabilities.
  • Disabled Peoples’ International  (DPI) - Disabled Peoples’ International (DPI) is a network of national organizations or assemblies of disabled people, established to promote human rights of disabled people through full participation, equalization of opportunity and development. 

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Resources:

  • SAFE Place (Ferris State University) - The SAFE Place Project helps make Ferris a safer and friendlier place for lesbian, gay, and bisexual students by giving a visible sign in office windows/doors that express one's wish to be supportive of this specific community.
  • CenterLink
 - CenterLink exists to support the development of strong, sustainable LGBT community centers and to build a unified center movement.

  • UNF LGBT Resource Center - 
UNF (University of North Florida) LGBT Resource Center Mission is to provide valuable education and resources for the entire campus community with a commitment to advocacy, equality, respect, and support for LGBT students, faculty, and staff.

  • Gay Center
 - The Gay Center provides a secure place to come together and plan, share knowledge and expertise, and to shape our future as a vibrant community in New York and around the world.
  • Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) - GLAAD is a worldwide organization that works directly with a variety of media to advocate equality for the LGBT community. The power of media is an important tool for this organization to spread LGBT stories and make effective change. GLAAD’s goal is to promote understanding, increase acceptance and advance equality.

Latino/Hispanic Resources:

  • Center for Latin@ Studies - CLS is a space of cultural exchange between Latin@ and non-Latin@s that links faculty, students, and community institutions.
  • CMMR (Latino/Hispanic Resources)
 - CMMR (Center for Multilingual, Multicultural Research) sites and articles listed here are not necessarily endorsed by the CMMR; they are listed for informational purposes only. Full text articles and resources are also provided. 

  • DOI.gov
 - DOI.gov (Department of the Interior) Hispanic Resources provides over 40 resource links.

  • Univison
 - Univison provides articles and resources that could help students keep up to date on immigration status issues.
  • Hispanic American - The Hispanic American offers useful resources on Hispanic culture, Hispanic history and Hispanic American lifestyle and publishes Hispanic influence on the US geographically, both politically and social. It also provides scholarship information and employment opportunities.
  • National Council of La Raza (NCLR) - The National Council of La Raza is the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States which works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans.
  • National Hispanic Leadership Institute (NHLI) - NHLI's program is of high quality, innovative and substantive. As such, it looks to recruit participants who are diverse, talented and accomplished. It compliments and builds upon other training programs by integrating personal growth with formal courses of study.

Native American Resources:

  • CMMR (Native American)
 - CMMR (Native American Resources) sites and articles listed here are not necessarily endorsed by the CMMR; they are listed for informational purposes only. Full text articles and resources are also provided.

  • NativeWeb
 - NativeWeb - A collective project of many people, with the vision of embracing ancient teachings and modern technology.

 - USDA NAL (United States Department of Agriculture National Agriculture Library) contains links to Native American organizations, planning tools, case studies, funding programs, federal, state and local contacts, statistical data and online publications.
  • Native American Rights Fund (NARF) - NARF founded in 1970, focuses on ensuring and defending the rights of Indian tribes, organizations and individuals throughout the nation. The concentration is mainly on tribal existence, protection of tribal natural resources, human rights, accountability of governments to Native Americans and development of Indian law, and providing education to the public about human rights, laws and issues.
  • National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) - The NCAI was founded in 1944 in response to termination and assimilation policies that the United States forced upon the tribal governments in contradiction of their treaty rights and status as sovereigns.

Religious Resources:

  • The Facets of Religion
 - The Facets of Religion is a comprehensive site featuring information on documents supporting 10 different religions such as Hinduism, Judaism, and Buddhism. 

  • The Interfaith Alliance
 - The Interfaith Alliance offers a mainstream, faith-based agenda committed to the positive role of religion as a healing and constructive forum in public life. 
  • Interfaith Youth Core  (IFYC) - IFYC builds mutual respect and pluralism among young people from different religious traditions by empowering them to work together to serve others.

Women's Resources:

  • Human Rights Watch - 
Human Rights Watch: Women's Rights - Millions of women throughout the world live in conditions of abject deprivation of, and attacks against, their fundamental human rights for no other reason than that they are women. This website looks at current issues and news about women's rights worldwide. 

  • NOW
 (National Organization for Women) - NOW's goal has been to take action to bring about equality for all women. NOW works to eliminate discrimination and harassment in the workplace, schools, the justice system, and all other sectors of society; secure abortion, birth control and reproductive rights for all women; end all forms of violence against women; eradicate racism, sexism and homophobia; and promote equality and justice in our society. 

  • Women's eNews
 - Women's eNews is the definitive source of substantive new (unavailable anywhere else) covering issues of particular concern to women and providing women's perspectives on public policy. It enhances women's ability to define their own lives and to participate fully in every sector of human endeavor.

Arab American Resources:

  • American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
 The ADC is committed to:
    • Empowering Arab Americans;
    • Defending the civil rights of all people of Arab heritage in the United States;
    • Promoting civic participation;
    • Encouraging a balanced U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and;
    • Supporting freedom and development in the Arab World.

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