Over 18 SC&I staff members, students, and faculty gathered on a February morning for the first meeting of the newly launched Diversity Book Club, where the group explored and discussed the first book selected, “White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism” by Robin DiAngelo.
Dean for Programs Dafna Lemish welcomed the group and explained the Diversity Book Club is one initiative SC&I is undertaking to help ensure the school is a welcoming, inclusive, collaborative, and supportive institution.
Moderated by Professor of Communication Mayra Doerfel and Instructional Design and Technology Specialist Veronica Armour, the group examined the book by focusing on the guidelines and questions for discussing “White Fragility” written by Gail Forsyth-Vail. Questions included “What insights stay with you after reading “White Fragility?” “What did you find surprising? Challenging? Liberating? Hopeful?” ”How is my life shaped by race?” “Where has antiblackness (hatred, contempt, condemnation, or devaluation or indifference to black people) played out in my life?”
“Thank you one and all 18 faculty members, staff, Ph.D. students, and PTL who actively participated in our first meeting today,” We had a rigorous and challenging conversation over 'White Fragility' led by
“If interested – please read the and join us for what we hope will be an informal sharing of reflections over the issues the raises and a growing opportunity for all of us who care about and inclusion,” Lemish said. “All members of the SC&I community are warmly invited to participate.”