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The “Structural Racism Explained” video (above) draws upon many varied sources in formulating specific definitions for different types of racism. The video and prompts provided in this video and teaching guide (download using form on right side of page) are designed primarily for teachers to help students clarify and sharpen their understanding of the material, spur and support classroom discussion of the video and ideas, and provide ideas and leads for further research. But the materials are also useful for people who work in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) spaces and local governments.

Teachers should feel encouraged to prod students to read and engage with source materials. The video and prompts provided here are designed and developed primarily for high school students, but can also be used by upper-level middle school systems or undergraduate university students, with tailoring.

If you have any questions or suggestions concerning these materials, please get in touch at belonging@berkeley.edu.


The video script and teaching guide were developed by Stephen Menendian. Narration by Dr. Chip McNeal Graphic and Motion Design by Gaël Muya, Studio and Production Partners by Creative Transit Agency Produced and Directed by Cecilie Surasky and Rachelle Galloway-Popotas.