Loyola University Maryland

Faculty Development and Diversity

2014 Diversity Reading Groups

Each year, Loyola's Diversity Reading Group program offers a range of great reading opportunities in the month of October designed to invite every member of the University community into shared conversation about diversity and inclusion. The goal is to come together across campuses, in our offices, and around lunch tables to talk about change, difference, and our own experiences. A wrap-up luncheon brings us together in fellowship as each group presents possible action-oriented responses and plans to continue the conversation.

In 2014, the program was revived and focused on short pieces that have captured the nation’s attention around race, gender, sexuality, and class inequality.


Join the conversation!

One lunchtime a week for three weeks

Oct 6-24, 2014 

Choose one of the groups below. Sign up with Lona Thomas.


Mondays: “The Case for Reparations,” by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Moderated by Candra Healy & Michael Runnels

12-1 pm in CT*M114

October 6, 13, 20

Tuesdays: “The Transgender Tipping Point,” by Katy Steinmetz

Moderated by Rachel Grover & Purvi Patel

12-1 pm in Library 1022

October 7, 14, 21

Wednesdays: Introduction to Capital in the 21st Century, by Thomas Piketty

Moderated by Elaine Edelstein & Janine Holc

12-1 pm in Library 1022

October 8, 15, 22

Thursdays: Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel

 Moderated by Melissa Girard & Michael Puma

12-1 pm in CT*M105

October 9, 16, 23

Wrap-up luncheon

All groups are invited!

Friday, October 24, 12 - 1:30 pm, Sellinger VIP Lounge (CT*M430)

More about the discussion process: Each Diversity Reading Groups will meet one lunchtime per week for three weeks following the what, so what, now what model of turning experience and reading into community and action. The first week is devoted to the chosen reading and establishing community among the participants. For the second week, groups may choose to spend more time with the initial reading or bring in related readings. The final week is devoted to thinking about connections to our own lives, to Loyola, and to Baltimore, with possible action-oriented responses to be shared at the wrap-up lunch for all groups, with hopes that the conversation may continue!

If you have additional questions, contact Brian Norman, Faculty Development Fellow in the Office of Academic Affairs at ext. 2342.