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Organizational Read
cover photo of white fragility by robin diangelo

Library Administration and the UT Libraries Diversity Committee is hosting an Organizational Read program where participants are invited to read an academic piece on a thought-provoking subject and come together to discuss as a group their individual findings each semester. For Fall 2019, participants are reading White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin Diangelo. With the support of Dean Smith, the Diversity Committee invites you to participate in this initiative as we plan conversations centered around this book.

Reflecting the guidelines set forth in the UT Libraries Strategic Plan, it is the hope of the Diversity Committee that these conversations will create work relationships, enhance our organizational excellence and enrich our diversity and inclusivity. Attendees to the program may receive HR 128 credit for their participation. A copy of the book will be provided to enrolled participants. Please register if you would like to participate.

If interested, please understand that this is an optional program; attendees do not need to have read the entire book to engage in the sessions below.

A link to the ground rules for participation can be found here.

Want to read more, check out the Culture Corner LibGuide and books on display on the 1st floor.

Timeline for participation:

  • Tuesday, November 12 from 10 AM– 11:30 AM: Optional small group meeting in Hodges 309
  • Wednesday, November 20 from 3:30 PM – 5 PM: Optional small group meeting in Hodges 309
  • Thursday, November 21 from 2 PM – 4 PM: Silent Read in Mary Greer Room. Organizational Read particpants may take this time to join your colleagues in a group silent read of White Fragility.
  • Tuesday, January 14 from 1 PM– 2:30 PM: Optional small group meeting in Hodges 309
  • Wednesday, February 5 from 2 PM – 3:30 PM: Optional small group meeting in Hodges 309
  • Tuesday, February 11 from 9 AM – 11 AM: Wrap-up meeting led by Dean Steve Smith in Hodges 605

We look forward to having these conversations with you. In response to our original kickoff meeting, the following ground rules were established here.

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