Reading Group

Join the Conversation!

Open to all faculty, staff, students, and administrators.

Each year, DEI Reading Groups offer a range of great reading opportunities designed to invite every member of the FIU community into shared conversations about diversity, equity, and inclusion. In this way, the Diversity Reading Groups support and sustain ongoing conversations around racial justice and feminism, sexual minority experience, mass incarceration, disability studies, and environmental justice, on campus and beyond.

Please note: To ensure productive discussion, participants should be able to commit to all scheduled meetings; we ask that you review your calendar to confirm you can attend before signing up. For each book, there are approximately 4-5 sessions, each lasting an hour and a half to two hours.

Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence 

Sue offers readers the many reasons that race talk is difficult, the explicit and hidden rules that govern how race is discussed in U.S. society, and the detrimental consequences of our failure to engage in honest dialogue about race.

 We’ll explore and discuss the qualities and benefits of successful conversations on race, specifically looking at Sue’s proposed solutions in overcoming obstacles to honest race dialogue and what it all means for teaching and learning.

 Theme(s): Inclusive Teaching and Dialogue

Spring 2022 Group #1: March 10, 17, 24, and 31, and April 7 (Thursdays)- 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Spring 2022 Group #2: April 11, 18, 25, and May 2 and 9 (Mondays)- 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Sign up via Qualtrics by February 18, 2022.


Other readings to consider

How to be an Antiracist

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi | Hardcover | Barnes & Noble®   

 Ibram X. Kendi weaves a blend of ethics, history, law, & science with his personal story of awakening to antiracism which helps readers see forms of racism, understand their consequences, and work to resist them in our systems and ourselves.

Theme(s): Inclusive Teaching, Racial Justice

The Inner Work of Racial Justice
The Inner Work of Racial Justice: Healing Ourselves and Transforming Our Communities Through Mindfulness - Kindle edition by Magee, Rhonda V., Kabat-Zinn, Jon. Politics & Social Sciences Kindle eBooks @

“The work of racial justice begins with ourselves. When conflict and division are everyday realities, our instincts tell us to close ranks, to find the safety of our own tribe, and to blame others. The practice of embodied mindfulness–paying attention to our thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations in an open,   nonjudgmental way–increases our emotional resilience, helps us to recognize our unconscious bias, and gives us the space to become less reactive and to choose   how we respond to injustice.”

This group discusses Magee’s ColorInsight framework, explores mindfulness as a   path toward racial healing and justice, and reflects on the implications for teaching and student learning.

Theme(s): Inclusive Teaching, Racial Justice, Racial Healing

Inclusive Conversations: Fostering Equity, Empathy, and Belonging across Differences

inclusive conversations  by mary-frances winters book cover

Effective dialogue across different dimensions of diversity, such as race, gender, age, religion, or sexual orientation, fosters a sense of belonging and inclusion, which in turn leads to greater productivity, performance, and innovation. Whether in the workplace, faith communities, or educational settings, our differences can tear us apart rather than bring us together if we do not know how to communicate. Recognizing our collective responsibility to earnestly address our differences and increase understanding and empathy will not only enhance organizational goals but will also lead to a healthier, kinder, and more compassionate world.

Theme(s): Inclusive Teaching, Racial Justice 


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