Faculty Reflect in DEI Book Club
January 12, 2022
As part of our ongoing commitment to Dismantling Racism, and to providing quality professional development opportunities to faculty and staff, Interim Director of Diversity Stan Davis '88 is leading an optional literature group for employees.
In additional to our mandatory DEI training, this group provides an opportunity for people who would like to dive more deeply into these topics alongside their colleagues.
The group is currently reading "A Good Time For the Truth: Race in Minnesota,” an anthology of articles and essays by authors with connections to Minnesota about their experiences and the experiences of their respective groups.
Employees have appreciated the opportunity to discuss these topics alongside their co-workers.
"Being African American and raising three Black children has meant that race has always been part of my family's conversations," said Office Assistant Ruth Johnson. "This group helps build the framework upon which some difficult truths and courageous conversations can be explored. I have liked reading about experiences different from my own and coming together with co-workers I might not have as much contact with normally."
Everyone who participates is able to learn from each other, benefiting from the shared wisdom and life experience of the group. In a busy school, it's also beneficial to have this structured time to talk with colleagues about big topics.
"It's a great opportunity to have a conversation with colleagues, to hear other viewpoints and opinions," said Spanish teacher Becki Medellín '88. "Sometimes it's that other perspective that helps to understand our students and colleagues."