The Growing Significance of DEIA Work in a Time of Banned Books and Hidden History

Title: The Growing Significance of DEIA Work in a Time of Banned Books and Hidden History

Written by: Michael Arrington MS, MFT

Doctoral Candidate


In an era of rapid information flow and evolving social dynamics, the value of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) work has become increasingly crucial. Recent developments, including banning books and deliberately concealing history, have highlighted the pressing need to foster an environment that promotes knowledge, empathy, and social progress. This blog post aims to show why DEIA work has become more critical than ever, emphasizing the power of inclusivity, respect for diverse perspectives, and the preservation of historical truths.

1. Challenging Censorship and Defending Intellectual Freedom:

Banning books, whether in schools, libraries, or entire regions, poses a significant threat to intellectual freedom. By restricting access to certain literary works, essential voices and ideas are silenced, hindering the exchange of knowledge and hindering critical thinking. DEIA work emphasizes the importance of challenging censorship, advocating for diverse perspectives, and protecting intellectual freedom as a cornerstone of democratic societies.

2. Unveiling Hidden Histories and Cultivating Empathy:

The deliberate hiding or distortion of historical events undermines our understanding of the world and perpetuates ignorance and prejudice. DEIA work aims to uncover untold stories, shine a light on marginalized communities, and ensure historical accuracy. By acknowledging the diverse experiences that have shaped our societies, we can cultivate empathy, promote social cohesion, and pave the way for a more inclusive future.

3. Fostering Inclusive Education and Empowering Marginalized Voices:

Education plays a vital role in shaping individuals and societies. DEIA work promotes inclusive educational environments that celebrate diversity, challenge biases, and empower marginalized voices. By incorporating diverse perspectives into curricula, literature, and classroom discussions, we encourage students to think critically, appreciate different viewpoints, and develop a more nuanced understanding of the world.

4. Combating Discrimination and Promoting Equity:

The banning of books and the concealment of history often stems from deep-seated discrimination and prejudice. DEIA work confronts these systemic biases and strives for equity in all spheres of life. By acknowledging and addressing historical injustices, we can work towards a more equitable society, where everyone has equal access to opportunities, resources, and representation.

5. Building Resilient Communities and Strengthening Democracy:

DEIA work is essential for building resilient communities that can withstand the challenges of our times. By fostering inclusivity, respect, and understanding, we promote social cohesion and reduce the risk of division and conflict. In turn, this strengthens the foundations of democracy by ensuring that every voice is heard, and all individuals are treated with dignity and fairness.


As books are banned, and history is hidden, the importance of DEIA work becomes increasingly evident. We must recognize the power of inclusivity, challenge censorship, unveil hidden histories, and promote equity in all aspects of society. By engaging in DEIA work, we can forge a path towards a more informed, empathetic, and just world where books are celebrated, history is preserved, and every individual is afforded the respect they deserve. Together, we can empower future generations with the knowledge and tools to shape a brighter future for all.

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Michaels contributions have led to student successes. As of 2021 he has taken 112 high school students who lack of motivation, focus and credits to graduate, to incentivized and goal orientated students able to reach their academic potential. These 112 students are all set to graduate in the class of 2022. Eighty-one of the 112 students will be enrolled in community college and 4 directly to universities this fall. He also remains active in professional associations, frequently presenting research at the American Educational Research Association and the Critical Race Studies in Education Association. Michael also helped create a mental health unit for youth who were incarcerated in juvenile hall. This unit was designed to provide treatment to youth incarcerated that suffer from mental health issues, trauma, or suicidal ideations.