Loyola University Maryland

Faculty Development and Diversity

2015 Diversity Reading Groups

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Open to all faculty, staff, students, and administrators

One lunchtime a week in October

Choose one of the groups below. Sign up with Lona Thomas. Books provided through Academic Affairs.

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 will bring us together in fellowship and to share plans to continue the conversation. This year, the program is partnering with other efforts to engage Loyola's community around matters of racial justice, campus sexual violence, immigration, and sustainability and global inequality. The goal is deepened and sustained conversation across campus.



Citizen, by Claudia Rankine

An award-winning meditation on the experience of race in America from an acclaimed poet. More info on the book.

Moderated by Jean Lee Cole & Candra Healy 

12-1 pm, College Center 105

October 5, 12, 19

In partnership with Loyola's 2016 MLK Convocation, Jan 18 @ 5 pm


Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town, by John Krakauer

A stark, powerful, and meticulously reported account of a series of sexual assaults at the University of Montana. More info on the book.

Moderated by Tim Cherney and Lisa Oberbroeckling

12:15 - 1:15, Claver Multicultural Center (3rd floor, Student Center)

October 6, 13, 20


Illegal: Reflections of an Undocument Immigrant, by José Ángel N.

A valiant memoir of a man living the "good life"--illegally. More info on the book.

Moderated by Allen Brizée & Cristina Garcia

12-1 pm, Claver Multicultural Center (3rd floor, Student Center)

October 7, 14, 21

In partnership with Loyola's Commitment to Justice Lecture, Nov 6 @ 7 pm


Wave, by Sonali Derinayagala

An award-winning account of one woman's survival and loss in the 2004 Sri Lankan tsunami. More info on the book.

Moderated by Anjali Dhar & Bernadette Roche

12:15 - 1:15 pm, College Center 105

October 8, 15, 22

In partnership with Visiting Fulbright Scholar

Wrap-up lunch

All groups are invited!

Speaker: Shyala Smith, Visiting Fulbright Scholar, on her experiences with the 2004 Sri Lankan tsunami

Friday, October 30, 12 - 1:30 pm, Fourth Floor Program Room

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 hopes that the conversation may continue!

If you have additional questions, contact Brian Norman, Associate Vice President for Faculty Affairs and Diversity


Previous Diversity Reading Groups