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Diversity and Inclusion Book Club

All are welcome for any discussion and books are available to borrow through the Psychology Main Office or ebooks through the Clark Library.

If you would like to be reminded of the upcoming meeting and provided with discussion questions, please email Alena Esposito ( to be added to the mailing list.

Semester Schedule (2023 – 2024)

Wednesday, November 15, 5 – 6 p.m. in Fireside Lounge

The Sum of Us: What racism costs everyone and how we can prosper together by Heather McGhee

Major Theme: Racism in the US

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD One of today’s most insightful and influential thinkers offers a powerful exploration of inequality and the lesson that generations of Americans have failed to learn: Racism has a cost for everyone—not just for people of color.  

WINNER OF THE PORCHLIGHT BUSINESS BOOK AWARD ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: Time, The Washington Post, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Ms. magazine, BookRiot, Library Journal  

“This is the book I’ve been waiting for.”—Ibram X. Kendi, #1 New York Times bestselling author of How to Be an Antiracist  

Wednesday, February 28, 5 – 6 p.m. in Fireside Lounge

Rainbow Rainbow by Lydia Conklin

Major Theme: LGBTQ+ and Gender Identity

A fearless collection of stories that celebrate the humor, darkness, and depth of emotion of the queer and trans experience that’s not typically represented: liminal or uncertain identities, queer conception, and queer joy. 

In this exuberant, prize-winning collection, queer, trans, and gender-nonconforming characters seek love and connection in hilarious and heartrending stories that reflect the complexity of our current moment. 

Longlisted for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Short Story Collection
A NPR Best Book of the Year
A Debutiful Best Book of the Year
A Publishers Weekly Best Summer Read 

Wednesday, March 27, 5 – 6 p.m. in fireside lounge

No Visible Bruise: What we don’t know about domestic violence can kill us by Rachel Louise Snyder

Major Theme: DV, including how it impacts people of color and other minoritized groups

An award-winning journalist’s intimate investigation of the true scope of domestic violence, revealing how the roots of America’s most pressing social crises are buried in abuse that happens behind closed doors.   

We call it domestic violence. We call it private violence. Sometimes we call it intimate terrorism. But whatever we call it, we generally do not believe it has anything at all to do with us, despite the World Health Organization deeming it a ‘global epidemic’. In America, domestic violence accounts for 15 percent of all violent crime, and yet it remains locked in silence, even as its tendrils reach unseen into so many of our most pressing national issues, from our economy to our education system, from mass shootings to mass incarceration to #MeToo. We still have not taken the true measure of this problem.

Wednesday, April 17, 5 – 6 p.m. in fireside lounge


Major Theme: TBD

We will be voting on the book for this meeting.

Previous Reads

  • The Vanishing Half, Brit Bennet
  • We Do This ‘Til We Free Us, Mariame Kaba
  • This Is How It Always Is, Laurie Frankel
  • Dominicana, Angie Cruz
  • Homegoing, Yaa Gyasi
  • Stamped from the Beginning, Ibram X. Kendi
  • The Body is Not an Apology, Sonya Renee Taylor
  • Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson
  • Our Women on the Ground: Essays by Arab Women Reporting from the Arab World, collected by Christiana Amanpour
  • Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice that Shapes what we See, Think, and Do, Jennifer Eberhardt
  • Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning, Cathy Park Hong
  • Becoming Michelle Obama, Michelle Obama
  • Make Your Home Among Strangers, Jennine Capo Crucet
  • Small Great Things, Jodi Picoult
  • Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng
  • Thick and Other Essays, Tressie McMillan Cotton
  • Celestial Bodies, Jokha Alharthi
  • Americanah Chimamanda, Ngozi Adichie
  • The Water Dancer, Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • American Dirt, Jeanne Cummins
  • The Girl with Seven Names, Hyeonseo Lee