Diverse Books by Diverse Voices Book Club

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The College of Veterinary Medicine Diversity and Inclusion Committee has created The Diverse Books by Diverse Voices Book Club.

All CVM faculty, staff and students are welcome to join. There is no requirement for participation and individuals may join in or opt out of any club meeting and discussions.

Book Club members will read and discuss diverse books from diverse perspectives so that as a community we can become more understanding of lives and experiences that are different from our own. Some topics may be uncomfortable for some individuals.

Sensitive topics such as race, gender, sexuality, sexual assault, eating disorders, and others will be discussed. Each meeting will begin with a review of our club guidelines of professionalism and learning. Individuals may opt out of a discussion in which they find the subject matter harmful to their wellbeing.

Dates and reading schedule (all meetings are assumed to be via Zoom)
September 22, 2020 – 6 pm
Symptoms of Being Human
Author: Jeff Garvin
Content Note: Sexual assault

November 17, 2020 – 6 pm
Hunger
Author: Roxane Gay
Content Note: Sexual assault, diet culture, body image

January 26, 2021 – 6 pm
Homes
Author: Abu Bakr al Rabeeah

March 23, 2021 – 6 pm
Community Choice
Voting will be held in December

Previous Books Discussed
The Hate U Give
Author: Angie Thomas

Sign up

FAQ’s:
Do I have to read every book to join?-
No! In the signup link you can indicate which books you want to read and we will only send you calendar invites for those discussions.

Will you be providing the books?- ;Unfortunately, we do not have the budget to supply everyone with a book, however we are working with both the University Library and the Ames Public Library to secure physical and digital copies of the books. All of these titles are also available through independent book retailers. If you are having difficulty acquiring a book please contact Dr. Courtney Vengrin for options.

What if I've already read this book? - Great! We would like to encourage you to volunteer to develop 1-2 questions and highlights about the reading. Please reach out to the book club chair, Dr. Courtney Vengrin let her know if you are able to pose questions or highlights about the reading.

What if I didn't read the reading (or maybe just skimmed it…) but I want to hear the discussion? - Great! We can't all talk at once in an hour book discussion, so feel free to join in and listen along.