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Anti-Oppression Resources

This guide provides resources to learn about and work against the many forms of oppression in our society.

What is Oppression?

Oppression is the use of power to disempower, marginalize, silence or otherwise subordinate one social group or category, often in order to further empower and/or privilege the oppressor. Social oppression may not require formally established organizational support to achieve its desired effect; it may be applied on a more informal, yet more focused, individual basis.

Definition from The Anti-Oppression Network

How to Use this Guide

This guide was created by Atkins Librarians to support UNC Charlotte students as they seek resources, community, and support to combat oppression for themselves and others. This is not an exhaustive list of resources available, but rather serves as a starting point for individuals to learn about, recognize, and challenge individual and institutional oppression.

Guide Creators and Reviewers

Natalie Ornat

Amanda Binder

Adreonna Bennett

Randi Beem

Guide creators and reviewers represent some, but not all, of the identities in this guide. We acknowledge that our own implicit biases and privileges can lead to blind spots. We welcome any and all feedback on this guide, especially from members of marginalized groups included and not included in this guide.

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