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BIPOC STEM Collection

400 Years of the Telescope (DVD)
African American Inventors by Otha Richard Sullivan
African-American Medical Pioneers by Charles Harry Epps
African American Women Scientists and Inventors by Otha Richard Sullivan
African Americans in Science by Charles W. Carey
AIDS Vaccine Research edited by Flossie Wong-Staal and Robert C. Gallo
Becoming Dr. Q by Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa
Benjamin Banneker : the man who loved the stars (DVD)
Black Inventors: From Africa to America by C. R. Gibbs
Black Wings by Von Hardesty
Change Is Possible by Patricia Clark Kenschaft
Coded Bias (DVD)
Cosmic Queries by Neil DeGrasse Tyson
Da yang bi an de Hua yi ju xing : Zhu Diwen
Death by Black Hole by Neil DeGrasse Tyson
The Disordered Cosmos by Chanda Prescod-Weinstein
Distinguished African Americans in Aviation and Space Science by  Betty Kaplan Gubert
Flor y Ciencia: Chicanas in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering edited by Norma Cantú
Gathering Moss by Robin Wall Kimmerer
Genetic Structure and Regulation of HIV edited by William A. Haseltine
Hou ji bo fa : Zhu Diwen de ke xue feng cai
Jewel Plummer Cobb : research scientist, professor, college administrator by Lawrence B. de Graaf
My Remarkable Journey by Katherine Johnson
Notable Black American Scientists edited by Kristine Krapp
One Universe by Neil DeGrasse Tyson
Origins by Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Donald Goldsmith
The Pluto Files by Neil DeGrasse Tyson
Prologue to Change by Robert G. Slawson
Proving Einstein Right by S. James Gates, Jr.
Reality in the shadows, (or), what the heck's the Higgs? by S. James Gates, Jr.
Retrovirus Biology and Human Disease edited by Robert C. Gallo and Flossie Wong-Staal
StarTalk by Neil DeGrasse Tyson
Superstring theory : the DNA of reality (DVD)
To Fathom More by Edward Sidney Jenkins
Universe down to Earth by Neil DeGrasse Tyson
Zhu Diwen : bu zhuo yuan zi de Nuobei'er jiang de zhu


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BIPOC STEM Project Vision Statement

The River Campus Libraries seek to inspire others, including potential scientists, by building a rich and diverse library collection and highlighting the research, scholarship, and experiences of scientists from a variety of backgrounds.

BIPOC STEM Project Description

BIPOC [Black, Indigenous, and People of Color] students and scientists are underrepresented in the scientific community. In order to develop a more diverse and, therefore, more just scientific community as well as to encourage more diverse and, consequently, sounder scientific work, the BIPOCSTEM Project was created. The project highlights the stories and research of BIPOC STEM scientists by curating an online guide that points to useful resources, including the libraries’ growing physical and electronic DEIA collections, and by curating book displays and exhibits that feature BIPOC STEM scientists’ work and experiences. The project hopes that these scientists’ work and life stories will not only inspire future generations but also help STEM fields face and dismantle the ways in which systemic racism has pervaded the scientific community and the science it has produced.

Land Acknowledgement

We wish to honor and express our gratitude to the Indigenous peoples who cared for the lands where the majority of this guide was developed. We acknowledge that the lands that UR inhabit are the unceded ancestral territory of the Seneca Nation, known as the Onöndowa'ga or “Great Hill People” and “Keepers of the Western Door” of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy whose loss of lives, culture, knowledge, stories, and experiences are a part of Rochester, New York State, and U.S. history. May we all work collectively to combat the continued erasure of indigenous lands, life, and knowledge. For more information on how you can support preservation efforts visit and

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