R.E.A.D.: Reading for Equity and Diversity
Self-education is a critical component in personal growth, yet it doesn’t have to happen in isolation. In the past, we met as a group to reach chapters together and discuss. Given the changing nature of work and in-person engagement, we are beginning to offer Book Club Kits that are a great way to stay engaged and connected. Departments and offices can check out copies of selected titles with reading guides to read and discuss with their colleagues.
What books can we check out?
Our current selection includes:
- How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
- So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
- Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
How can we get a kit?
If you would like to request a book kit, please fill out the request form here. Book Club Kits are checked out to one person, and only one kit can be checked out to an individual at a given time. Books from the kit should be returned to the designated person, not to the Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging. That individual is then responsible for returning the Book Club Kit with all contents to the Office during office hours or making other arrangements with our staff. Keep in mind that we want this service to be available to as many members of campus as possible. We ask that you be thoughtful in your check-out request - both quantity of books and duration of check-out.
You should expect at least a 4 business day turn-around between the time you make your request online and when you will be able to check out your kit. For example, if you submit your request on Friday, the earliest you could pick up your kit would be the following Thursday.
What about other books?
We absolutely want to expand our offerings! So, if you have ideas for books that we should be reading and sharing, we welcome your suggestions. Please share your input here.