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Reading List Audit: Fall 2020

In the Fall of 2020, SHIELD audited the 2019 Fall semester to determine the racial and gender diversity of Hertie’s course readings. Across a total of 8 courses, there were a total of 367 reading suggestions. 79.41% of these were male, while 92.78% were white-passing.

We started by gathering syllabi from the previous year (2019) for every required course, for both the MIA and MPP programs at Hertie. SHIELD then went through all of the required and optional readings and identified author characteristics. We chose to examine race and gender. For race, we identified individuals based on the categories “white passing” and “visible POC” so as to judge based on phenotype characteristics – how others likely perceive them. When possible, authors’ university webpages were used to find pictures. Once we had the full list of recorded author characteristics, we summarized each class based on race and gender and then compiled the entire list of first year readings. 

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