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Promoting Diversity and Social Justice

Educating People from Privileged Groups, Second Edition, 1st Edition

By Diane J. Goodman


232 pages

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Promoting Diversity and Social Justice provides theories, perspectives, and strategies that are useful for working with adults from privileged groups—those who are in a more powerful position in any given type of oppression. The thoroughly revised edition of this accessible and practical guide offers tools that allow educators to be more reflective and intentional in their work—helping them to consider who they’re working with, what they’re doing, why they’re doing it and how to educate more effectively.

New features include:

  • A new chapter, "The Joy of Unlearning Privilege/Oppression," highlights specific ways people from privileged groups benefit from unlearning privilege/oppression and from creating greater equity.
  • A new chapter, "Allies and Action," gives focus and guidance on how people from privileged groups can constructively and appropriately be involved in social change efforts.
  • Updated Appendix of additional resources.

The theories and approaches discussed can be applied to a range of situations and audiences. This book is an excellent resource for professors, diversity trainers, teachers in classrooms and workshops, counselors, organizers, student affairs personnel, community educators, advocates, group facilitators, and any others involved with educating about diversity and equity.


"This new edition improves upon what was already an indispensable tool for educators, trainers, and activists. Written in an accessible and sympathetic voice, with concrete strategies and support, this is a text I find myself turning to again and again. If you are committed to dismantling privilege and oppression, you need this book!"

--Abby L. Ferber, Director of the Matrix Center for the Advancement of Social Equity and Inclusion, Professor of Sociology, and Women's and Ethnic Studies, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

"Updating and extending her foundational work for a newly emerging social climate in a clear, personable, accessible, and yes, joyous style, Diane J. Goodman maintains a laser focus upon members of socially privileged groups. By so doing, she provides readers the tools they need to envision not only the concept, but most importantly, the reality of social justice."

--Warren J. Blumenfeld, Associate Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Iowa State University

About the Author

Diane J. Goodman, Ed.D., is a trainer, college teacher, author, speaker, and consultant on diversity and social justice issues. For more information, see her website:

About the Series

Teaching/Learning Social Justice

The Teaching/Learning Social Justice Series explores issues of social justice—diversity, equality, democracy, and fairness—in classrooms and communities. "Teaching/learning" connotes the essential connections between theory and practice that books in this series seek to illuminate. Central are the stories and lived experiences of people who strive both to critically analyze and challenge oppressive relationships and institutions, and to imagine and create more just and inclusive alternatives.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Adult & Continuing Education