Loyola University Maryland

The Office of Academic Affairs

2022 Diversity Reading Groups

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Join the Conversation!

Open to all faculty, staff, students, and administrators.

Our annual Diversity Reading Groups offer a range of great reading opportunities in the month of October designed to invite every member of the Loyola community into shared conversations about diversity and inclusion. In this way, the Diversity Reading Groups support and sustain ongoing conversations around racial justice and feminism, masculinity, higher education and slavery, colonization, religion, and how to take action against oppression—on our campus and beyond. Last year we had over 100 participants Can you help us deepen the conversation by joining and bringing a few friends??

This year, we have groups that will meet virtually, in-person, or in a hybrid format (i.e., your choice: you can attend in person or online at your discretion).

Academic Affairs will provide complimentary books. We are offering participants two options:

  • Kindle version (e-book)
  • Hard Copy (in-person pick up only)

To make sure all participants receive their books on time, we encourage participants to sign up for a group by Friday, Sept. 16. Your books are being purchased locally, at independent bookstores.

To sign up, choose one of the groups below and send your selection to academicequity@loyola.edu. Please include how you would like to receive your book.


An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States: Revisioning History by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz - Full

Moderated by Stephanie Flores-Koulish and Katy O'Neill
Noon – 1 p.m.
Oct. 10, 17, 24, and 31

Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity by Steve Silberman and Oliver Sacks

Moderated by Greta Brueck
1 - 2 p.m.
Oct. 3, 10, 17, and 24

The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together by Heather McGhee -Virtual Spots Only

Moderated by Rev. Timothy Brown, S.J. and Elizabeth Dahl
Noon - 1 p.m.
Oct. 3, 17, 24, and 31
Hybrid (Virtual and International Programs Conference Room - Humanities 131)


Blindspot: The Hidden Biases of Good People by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony Greenwald -Virtual Spots Only

Moderated by Kate Newton and Jason Prenoveau
2 – 3 p.m.
Oct. 4, 18, 25, and Nov. 1
Hybrid (Virtual and International Programs Conference Room - Humanities 131)

Right Within: How to Heal from Racial Trauma in the Workplace by Minda Harts*

Moderated by Mariella Toribio
1 – 2 p.m.
Oct. 4, 18, 25, and Nov. 1


Unbound: My Story of Liberation and the Birth of the Me Too Movement by Tarana Burke

Moderated by Barry Dalrymple and Melissa Lees
1 – 2 p.m.
Oct. 5, 19, 26, and Nov. 2
Hybrid (Virtual and International Programs Conference Room - Humanities 131)


The Remix: How to lead and Succeed in the Multigenerational Workplace by Lindsey Pollak

Moderated by Mary Ann Scully
Noon – 1 p.m.
Oct. 6, 13, 20, and Nov. 3
In-person (Sellinger Hall 101K)

The Vanishing Half: A Novel by Brit Bennett

Moderated by Jaimee McRoberts
1 – 2 p.m.
Oct. 6, 13, 20, and 27


Life Isn’t Binary: On Being Both, Beyond, and In-Between by Meg-John Barker and Alex Iantaffi

Moderated by Stepf Richie Diaz
11 a.m. - Noon
Oct. 7, 21, 28, and Nov. 4
In-person (College Center Conference Room 105)


* This book was written to provide a safe space for people of color to process and heal from racial harm experienced in the workplace. Specifically, the author provides “strategies for women of color to speak up during racialized moments, work through past triggers, and reframe career disappointments as opportunities to grow into a new path.” As a result, this Diversity Reading Group was specifically created to serve as a context and container for that healing. While all members of the Loyola community are welcome to attend any Diversity Reading Group, we thought it was important for individuals considering whether or not to join this reading group to know that the goal is to provide a safe space for processing and healing from racial trauma in the workplace, and that doing that in community can have powerful effects. Thus, we respectfully ask that if you are not a member of the BIPOC community that you strongly consider one of the other excellent books we have curated for this year’s Diversity Reading Groups.