DEI Spring 2022 Book Study Recommendations

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Monika Williams Shealey, Ph.D. (she/her/hers), Professor of Special Education and Senior Vice President of the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, shares details on Rowan’s community-wide book study initiative with essential reads as we celebrate Black History Month. 

The Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) launched in 2019 with a listening tour which included students, faculty and staff from all three campuses. As a result, the Division identified three strategic priorities: (1) create a more inclusive and equitable campus; (2) recruit and retain diverse students, faculty and staff; and (3) promote and support inclusive scholarship, teaching, and professional development. In 2020, as a model to the campus, the President’s Cabinet committed to examining issues of race through a book study as a professional learning community. The book study strategy supports two of our strategic priorities. Last year the book study was expanded to include the Extended Cabinet, which included Deans and Vice Presidents and the DEI Council. This year the Division is encouraging the entire Rowan University community to join the book study. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to learn and grow with your colleagues.

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Ibram X. Kendi, author of “How to How to Be an Antiracist” (photo credit: VCU Libraries/Openverse)

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Spring 2022 Book Study

The Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion encourages DEI council members to start a book study with their respective departments to continually learn and engage in various topics surrounding DEI. We recommend the following books:

  • “Two-faced Racism” by Leslie Houts Picca
  • “How to Be An Antiracist” by Ibram X. Kendi
  • “White Rage” by Carol Anderson
  • “Racism Without Racists” by Edward Bonilla-Silva
  • “Long Time Coming: Reckoning with Race in America” by Michael Eric Dyson
  • “The 1619 Project” by Nikole Hannah-Jones
  • “Faces At The Bottom Of The Well: The Permanence Of Racism” by Derrick Bell
  • “The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America” by Richard Rothstein
  • “Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present” by Harriet A. Washington
  • “On Juneteenth” by Annette Gordon-Reed
  • “My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies” by Resmaa Menakem
  • “Racial Healing Handbook” by Anneliese Singh

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Nikole Hannah-Jones, author of “The 1619 Project” (photo: Alice Vergueiro/Abraji/Openverse)

Other titles in the Spring 2022 Book Study series to broaden your reading during Black History Month and beyond include: 

  • “Return of Race Science” by Angela Saini
  • “The Color of Success: Asian Americans and the Origins of the Model Minority (Politics and Society in Modern America)” by Ellen D. Wu
  • “Braiding Sweetgrass” by Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • “How to Fight Anti-Semitism” by Bari Weiss
  • “Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity” by Steve Silberman
  • “She’s Not There” by Jennifer Finney Boylan

For your purchasing to support a Black-owned bookstore, we recommend visiting Philadelphia-based Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee and Books.

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