Reading Lists

Fostering Empathy and Inclusion in the Context of Uncertainty: Considerations for Higher Education

Presented to Smith School of Business, Queen’s University
Faculty Retreat via Zoom, Monday, August 31, 2020.
Resources from Presentation

Presented and Compiled by Dr. Leela Viswanathan, PhD, RPP, MCIP


‘Microaggression’ is the term coined by Dr. Chester Middlebrook Pierce in the 1970s as a way to describe the ‘subtle’ insults (in delivery but not in receiving) and put downs that African Americans experienced on a regular basis.

  • A list of microaggressions and their attributes and examples, as compiled by the University of Minnesota, is available as a downloadable pdf:
  • DeAngelis, Tori. (2009). Unmasking racial microaggressions. Accessed, August 28, 2020.
  • Derald Wing, Sue. (2010). Microaggressions in everyday life: race, gender, and sexual orientation. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley. (available at Queen’s University Library).
  • Nadal, Kevin L. (2013) That’s so gay!” Microaggressions and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. (Available as an e-book at Queen’s University Library).

Uncertainty and a State of Reckoning


Intersectionality - Dr. Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw

Gender Analysis Plus (GBA+) Training with introduction to Intersectionality (FREE)


Empathy and Leadership

  • Brown, Brené. 2018. Dare to Lead: Brave work, tough conversations, whole hearts. New York, NY: Random House.
  • Dare to Lead Hub of (FREE) learning resources:

Spectrum of Empathy Chart

(drawing from User Experience literature – comparing: pity, sympathy, empathy and compassion)

Compassion Fatigue

  • Thomas P. Raimondi (2019) Compassion Fatigue in Higher Education: Lessons From Other Helping Fields, Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 51:3, 52-58. DOI: 10.1080/00091383.2019.1606609 (Available at Queen’s)
  • What is Compassion Fatigue?
  • Mathieu, Francoise. (2011). The Compassion Fatigue Workbook: Creative tools for transforming compassion fatigue and vicarious traumatization. London and New York: Routledge.

COVID-19 Specific Resources on Self-Care, Burnout, Compassion Fatigue, and Secondary Trauma

Growth Mindset (Dr. Carol S. Dweck)

Strategic Foresight


  • Saad, Layla F. (2020). Me and White Supremacy: Combat racism, change the world, and become a good ancestor. Napierville, IL: Sourcebooks. Read Chapter 3 “Week 3” on Allyship.
  • Basic online guide to allyship:
  • Juvenile Literature: Jewell, Tiffany (Author) and Duran, Aurelia (Illustrator). (2020). This Book is Antiracist. Minneapolis MN: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books.
  • Note, in this article – about midway through – is an good conversation about what it means to be an ally:
    • Az Causevic, Kavita Philip, Maari Zwick-Maitreyi, Persephone Hooper Lewis, Siko Bouterse & Anasuya Sengupta (2020) Centering knowledge from the margins: our embodied practices of epistemic resistance and revolution, International Feminist Journal of Politics, 22:1, 6- 25, DOI: 10.1080/14616742.2019.1701515
  • Battell-Lowman, Amy, and Barker, Adam J. (2015). Settler: Identity and Colonialism in 21st Century Canada. Toronto: Fernwood. (the chapter on “Fear, complicity, and productive discomfort,” is especially useful in considering allyship)
  • Manuel, Arthur, and Derrickson, Ronald M. (2015). Unsettling Canada: A national wakeup call. Toronto: Between the Lines (I read this with my 3rd year, undergraduate students in Urban Political Geography at Queen’s with great success).

Additional resource:

  • Ahmed, Sara. (2017). Living a Feminist Life. Durham, NC: Duke University Press. (Available online – multiple sources - at Queen’s University Library). This is the book where I borrowed her idea of how women and people of colour are ‘space invaders’ when they enter spaces that are not necessarily intended for them.

Other Resources

Fernando, D., & Kenny, E. (2020). Negotiating a Sense of Fit in Elite Higher Education: Exploring the Identity Work of Widening Participation Students. Academy of Management Learning & Education. 2020 Sep 29(ja).