Social Change Starts With You

"Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed.  You cannot un-educate the person who has learned to read.  You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride.  You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore." — Cesar Chavez

Whether it's joining a community organization, participating in a rally, supporting a local artist, or simply learning more about social issues so that you can better form your opinions, we aim to provide you with resources to help you find a community of others willing to join, share, or support your journey.

Multicultural and Diversity Affairs has books and films to borrow, as well as suggestions for your reading list and organizations to get engaged with in the Austin community.

Check this page for ideas on how to be part of the movement toward a socially just world. 

For Ted Talks and Films to Expand Your World email Multicultural and Diversity Affaris (diversity [at] for a film to borrow or to suggest films for our viewing list. 

An Activist's Reading List

Some suggestions to kindle your passion:

  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas Kristof
  • The Meaning of Freedom: And Other Difficult Dialogues by Angela Davis
  • Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
  • Stone Butch Blues by Leslie Feinberg
  • I Still Believe Anita Hill by Amy Richards
  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colourblindness by Michelle Alexander
  • Striking at the Roots: A Practical Guide to Animal Activism by Mark Hawthorne
  • A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn
  • The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein
  • V for Vendetta by Alan Moore
  • Poor People's Movements: Why They Succeed, How They Fail by Frances Fox Piven
  • Luna by Julie Ann Peters
  • Feminism is For Everybody by bell hooks
  • Zami: A New Spelling of My Name by Audre Lorde
  • Some of My Best Friends are Black by Tanner Colby
  • The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
  • The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
  • Everyday Anti-Racism: Getting Real About Race in School by Mica Pollock
  • Microaggressions in Everyday Life: Race, Gender and Sexual Orientation by Derald Wing Sue
  • Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paolo Freire
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son by Tim Wise
  • Sister Citizen by Melissa Harris-Perry
  • Civil Disobedience: And Other Essays by Henry David Thoreau
  • The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America by Thomas King

To find out if Multicultural and Diversity Affairs has a book to borrow or to suggest books for our reading list, email diversity [at]

Local Organizations Making Change

The following organizations make a difference in our community. The university strives to support these organizations in accordance with our Holy Cross obligation for all people to pursue a more just world.


allgo celebrates and nurtures queer people of color communities in Texas and beyond.


Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce

Serving as a bridge for our African American businesses and the Austin business community to obtain greater prosperity and influence in Central Texas.


Impact Austin

Through high-impact grant making, we engage, develop and inspire women to effect positive change.


Mary House Catholic Worker of Austin

Mary House Catholic Worker welcomes critically and terminally ill adults to live until they are financially and medically stable, or until they die from a terminal illness.


P.O.D.E.R. (People Organized in Defense of Earth and her Resources)

P.O.D.E.R.'s mission is to redefine environmental issues as social and economic justice issues, and to address these concerns as basic human rights.


The Seedling Foundation

Seedling Foundation's mission is to support children challenged by parental incarceration with innovative, research driven, school-based mentoring in Austin and selected sites in the surrounding Central Texas area.


Texas Advocacy Project

Texas Advocacy Project provides free legal services statewide to victims of domestic and dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.


Find a more comprehensive list of local organization in Austin by checking out Amplify Austin's non-profit list: