• DEI Book Discussions

    The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee invites all members of the ACCESS community to join in bi-monthly book discussions to explore issues of race, class and other identities through fiction and non-fiction. The reading selections are often designed for adults, but students are welcome to participate. Drop-ins are welcome, and you don’t need to have finished the book to attend; a willingness to discuss the topic is all that is required. We are using the Courageous Conversation about Race Protocol as the foundation of our discussions, and a volunteer attendee acts as facilitator on a rotating basis. We meet every other month from 7:30 to 9 pm. Upcoming book discussions are listed below; please contact access.pta.dei@gmail.com for location information. Childcare available upon request. 

    Upcoming Book Discussions:


    October 22, 2020

    I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown


    December 10, 2020

    The Yellow House: A Memoir by Sarah M. Broom


    Past Book Discussions:

    August 27, 2020

    The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

    June 25, 2020

    How to Hide an Empire by Daniel Immerwahr 

    April 16, 2020

    What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker: A Memoir in Essays by Damon Young

    February 27, 2020

    There There by Tommy Orange

    January 9, 2019 

    Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

    October 24, 2019

    Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson [note: Young Adult version available]

    August 22, 2019

    White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo

    June 13, 2019

    Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond

    April 18, 2019

    The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson