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In June when President Pollack announced the campus community book read of Ibram X. Kendi’s book, How To Be An Antiracist, we began thinking of ways to engage staff around the complexities presented in the book. We hope you will join us for a sustained dialogue with other CALS/Dyson staff where we will critically examine race, racism, the intersections with other forms of oppression, and discuss how we can apply these learnings to our work. We will be dialoguing mostly in small group breakouts with opportunities to connect with the larger staff cohort.

We ask that you commit to attending all four sessions:

Friday, September 25 10:30a-12:00p

Friday, October 16 10:30a-12:00p

Friday, October 30 10:30a-12:00p

Friday, November 20 10:30a-12:00p

We are also looking for a few staff facilitators for breakout groups. If you are interested, please indicate this on your RSVP. Facilitators are not expected to teach or be content experts, but rather assist with guiding the dialogue. Facilitators will be provided with a facilitator guide and will meet prior to the first session. 

If you do not already have a copy of the book, you can access an e-copy through the Cornell Library.

Please note this particular series is developed to enable a dialogue among staff. We will be hosting separate sessions for faculty. If you have students who might be interested, please refer them to AEM 4940 Developing Racial Equity in OrganizationsThe heightened racially charged landscape in the United States coupled with a pandemic that is disproportionately impacting low income and communities of color prompt a deeper look into the roots of racial inequality, the ways our identities interact within the system of racial hierarchy, the policies that divide us, and the ways we can use our agency for social transformation within organizations. Students in this course will engage with Ibram X. Kendi’s book, How To Be An Antiracist, and apply learnings to help develop racial equity within a local partner organization.


Date & Time

September 25, 2020 - November 20, 2020
10:30 am - 12:00 pm

More information about this event.

Contact Information

Dr. Chelsea Specht, Associate Dean, Diversity and Inclusion

  • cdspecht [at]

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