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DEI Book Club

October 26, 2020 · 2 min read

Each month we choose one book, essay, or podcast to review that is tied to a theme within diversity, equity, and inclusion. We come together for 120 minutes to review the contents as a group and share our thoughts and feedback.

Ground Rules

Respect each other
We all carry perspectives influenced by a range of life experiences. Respect the opinions of others, regardless of how they may differ from your own.

Respect the topic
Talking about race is difficult. None of us are experts and we're all here to learn. Understand that the subject is extremely nuanced and sits under the weight of centuries of oppression. Speak freely and honestly, but also be cognizant of the fact that you don't have all of the answers...nobody does.

We are not experts
The moderator and leadership team are not experts in this category. We do not have answers and our job is merely to facilitate questions around the topic at hand. We have done our best to understand the text and it's implications, but we will never take a position of authority.

Understand your motivation
What do you hope to gain from this conversation? Try to be objective about why you feel a certain way about the topics we're discussing. Pay particularly close attention to any visceral reactions you have towards a subject or opinion, whether positive or negative, and how those may affect your motivations for the discussion.

This is not a "solutions" meeting
We will discuss a number of topics, we may see some debate over each and we'll continue on with the conversation. We don't need to close out each topic with a definitive answer and in fact, we almost certainly won't. Try focusing on absorbing the perspectives of others, considering how they might influence your own opinions, responding in turn and moving forward with whatever insights you retain.

Discussions & Topics

Reading Discussion
Dr. King wrote Letters from a Birmingham Jail in response to an open letter written by 8 white clergymen titled "A Call for Unity", in which the ministers...
Reading Discussion
James Baldwin was a writer and playwright born 1924, in Harlem. One of the 20th century's greatest voices, he broke new literary ground with the exploration...
Reading Discussion
A national correspondent for the Atlantic, Ta-Nehisi Coates writes about issues at the intersection of culture, politics, and social issues. He is also...