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Facilitator's Guide

Facilitator's Guide


About the Guide

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Building a House for Diversity: A Fable about a Giraffe & an Elephant Offers New Strategies for Today's Workforce by R. Roosevelt Thomas, Jr. (Amacom, 1999)

Catching Fire: The Story of Firefighting by Gena K. Gorrell (Ages 9-12). (Tundra Books, 1999)

Diversity Consciousness: Opening Our Minds to People, Cultures and Opportunities by Richard D. Bucher (Prentice Hall, 1999)

Fighting Fire by Caroline Paul (St. Martins Press, 1998)

The Fire Inside: Firefighters Talk About Their Lives by Steve Delsohn (HarperCollins, 1996)

Many Faces, One Purpose: A Manager's Handbook on Women in Firerfighting Women in the Fire Service for United States Fire Administration. (

Pathways to One America in the 21st Century: Promising Practices for Racial Reconciliation. One America: President's Initiative on Race. (

Race : How Blacks and Whites Think and Feel About the American Obsession by Studs Terkel. (Anchor/Doubleday, 1993)

Race & Rhetoric: The True State of Race and Gender Relations in Corporate America by John P. Fernandez and Jules Davis (McGraw-Hill, 1998)

Real Heat: Gender and Race in the Urban Fire Service by Carol Chetkovich (Rutgers, 1997)

Voices of Diversity: Real People Talk About Problems and Solutions in a Workplace Where Everyone is Not Alike by Renee Blank and Sandra Slipp. (Amacom, 1994)


The Fight in the Fields: César Chávez and the Farmworkers' Struggle, about the first successful union for farmworkers and its charismatic leader. Paradigm Productions, 510/883-9814.

Livelyhood, a PBS series about the changing American workplace, hosted by Will Durst. The Working Group, 510/268-WORK.

Making Peace, people working neighbor-to-neighbor for positive community change. Films for the Humanities, 800/257-5126.

Struggles in Steel: A Story of African American Steelworkers, an examination of the 100-year struggle for equal rights in the mills. California Newsreel, 800/621-6196.


A comprehensive news and resource site for the fire professional.

A comprehensive news and informational focusing on the impact of diversity on the business world.

The Fire and EMS Information Network
The most complete collection of fire and EMS links on the web.


International Association of Black Professional Fire Fighters
National membership organization which promotes interracial progress throughout the Fire Service, encourages the recruitment and advancement of black firefighters, and collects and evaluates data on discrimination and implements corrective action.

International Association of Fire Fighters
Union representing over 230,000 professional firefighters and EMS personnel.

National Association of Gender Diversity Training
Supports and promotes programs, publications and training to assist businesses and individuals in creating a workplace culture of understanding, respect and inclusiveness for all men and women.

National Association of Hispanic Firefighters
National membership organization of 20,000 Hispanic professional and volunteer firefighters.

National Fire Protection Association
An international membership organization founded in 1896 to provide education and advocacy on fire safety and protection.

National MultiCultural Institute
Provides training and consulting services, publications and videos about diversity.

Teaching Tolerance
A national education project dedicated to helping teachers foster equity, respect and understanding in the classroom and beyond. Teaching Tolerance, created by the Southern Poverty Law Center, provides classroom resources, activities, recommended reading, videos and Teaching Tolerancemagazine.

U.S. Department of Labor, Women's Bureau
Statistics about and information for working women.

Women in the Fire Service, Inc.
A membership organization providing networking and advocacy for fire service women, and resources and information for the fire service as a whole. WIFS publishes information, holds conferences, and provides guidance towards the goal of a harmoniously diverse fire service.


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