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Common Ground Cultural Engagement and Anti-Racism

Common Ground and Cultural Engagement

The Common Ground initiative at Moreno Valley College urges our community to examine and actively work to dismantle beliefs and structures that foster environments of racism and inequity. Our goal is to listen and support our students, employees and communities of color through anti-racism practices, open discussion and culturally relevant education.


What is Anti-Racism?

Anti-racism means acknowledging that racist beliefs and structures exist in all of our lives and then actively doing work to dismantle those beliefs and structures.


Learning Communities at MVC

Our learning communities work to increase the number of educationally underrepresented students who enroll and successfully complete college and university educations. From courses with culturally relevant topics to program-run support services, MVC learning communities offer students greater opportunities for a culturally-enriching education.


Anti-Racism Education and Media



If these books are sold out, you can purchase audio and ebooks at any time.

Start your journey with these books:

  1. Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor, by Layla F. Saad
  2. White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, by Robin DiAngelo
  3. So You Want to Talk About Race, by Ijeoma Oluo
  4. Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, by Ibram X. Kendi


More Books to Read:

  1. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander
  2. How to Be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi
  3. Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  4. Women, Race, & Class, by Angela Davis
  5. The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century, by Grace Lee Boggs
  6. Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-first Century, by Dorothy Roberts
  7. The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
  8. The Autobiography of Malcolm X, by Malcolm x and Alex Haley
  9. Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?, by Beverly Daniel Tatum
  10. The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, by Richard Rothstein
  11. Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  12. My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies, by Resmaa Menakem
  13. Have Black Lives Ever Mattered?, by Mumia Abu-Jamal
  14. The Fire Next Time, by James Baldwin
  15. Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America, Michael Eric Dyson
  16. Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism from the Inside Out, by Ruth King
  17. Everyday Antiracism: Getting Real About Race in School, edited by Mica Pollock


On the subject of race, racial history, and race relations

On the subject of people of color in areas of study

  • Innervation: Drawing from the wisdom of 100 Women in STEM on Scilence to tackle subjects that hold us back from being our best selves. Hosted by Dr. Shini Somara.
  • Balanced Black Girl: Balanced Black Girl is a top-rated health podcast and digital platform connecting our community to Black women health and self-improvement experts.
  • Feed Me the Facts: A curated list topics for dietetics students, interns and professionals of color- wherever you are along your education and career pathway.



Workplace Resources


USC/CCC Equity Leadership Alliance

Moreno Valley College has joined with 60+ institutions to participate in the California Community College Equity Leadership Alliance hosted by the University of Southern California Race & Equity Center. Over the course of a full year, a team of MVC students, faculty and staff will explore a range of topics to develop a deep expertise on issues of racial inclusion and equity.

The three-part plan will address equity issues and education on multiple fronts:

  • Professional learning
  • Virtual racial equity resource portal
  • Campus climate surveys

Read more about the Equity Leadership Alliance at MVC »


Anti-Racism Organizations