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Anti-Oppression: Welcome

Welcome! This guide is informed by the Catholic social teaching concept of "human dignity," and provides resources to help the UP community approach every member with dignity, regardless of race, sex/gender identity, ability, class, or political perspective. As Pope John XXIII said:

"Any human society, if it is to be well-ordered and productive, must lay down as a foundation this principle, namely, that every human being is a person, that is, his nature is endowed with intelligence and free will. Indeed, precisely because he is a person he has rights and obligations flowing directly and simultaneously from his very nature." Pacem in Terris (“Peace on Earth”), 1963, #9.

Check out the complete list of resources related to this guide and Contact Heidi Senior with feedback and ideas for additional resources.

You might also be interested in the Clark Library's Diversity and Pedagogy guide, and in our Discover guides related to identity.


Although this video is aimed at healthcare professionals, its lessons apply to any situation.

Dignity and Respect: Showing Our Patients Cultural Sensitivity

From the Archdiocese of Chicago.



In an effort at full disclosure, it should be noted that the collaborators on this guide occupy some of the oppressed identities outlined here, but not all of them. We have attempted to bring together quality, relevant resources for the anti-oppression issues in this guide, but we are not immune from the limits and hidden biases of our own privileges and perspectives as allies.

We welcome and greatly appreciate any feedback and suggestions for the guide, particularly from the perspectives and experiences of the marginalized groups listed and not listed here.

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