In support of the President's Task Force for Advancing the Citadel's Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion, the Daniel Library and the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council propose to initiate a campus-wide diversity reading program. The purpose of the program is to expand knowledge, understanding, and respect of diverse groups of people through shared reading and discussions. Diversity is defined broadly and includes those of different races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, disabilities, ages, religions and socioeconomic backgrounds, among other dimensions.
Through shared readings and small group discussions, we hope to uncover biases and begin to reflect on and reduce conflicts toward and between diverse people. Readings will be chosen with the intent of supporting The Citadel's mission to educate principled leaders by offering insights about the many ways that diverse populations contribute to the success of our democratic society
The Diversity Reading Program will be managed by librarian members and involved NCBI members. Individual members will be responsible for obtaining their own copies of the selected reading. Possible options to access titles include: the library, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, etc.
We propose that one book per semester will be chosen for discussion. Four meetings will be scheduled for small discussion groups and large group meetings throughout the semester.
Participants will be encouraged to discuss topics on their own and/or use recommended discussion questions (provided by program managers) to guide their inquiry.
A Facebook page will be set up to allow for more broad-ranging discussion across smaller groups as well as an opportunity to gather feedback from participants. A moderated blogger or Wordpress could also be available to facilitate deeper discussions. At the end of the semester, feedback will be solicited from participants regarding their responses to the book, how they might apply what they learned in various personal/professional contexts, and suggestions for related readings.
A Diversity Library Guide will be created and hosted on the library website. It will include book lists and resources for furthering knowledge and discussion.
All campus employees and students, particularly Veteran and CGS students will be encouraged to participate in the reading program.
Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do (2011) by Claude M. Steele
Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People (2013) by Mahzarin R. Banaji
Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America (2015) by Jill Leovy
The Other Wes Moore (2011) by Wes Moore
Aristotle and Dante (2012) by Benjamin Alire Saenz
A Distant Shore (2007) by Caryl Phillips
Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration (2010) by Isabel Wilkerson
A Hope in the Unseen (1999) by Ron Suskin
The New Jim Crow (2012) by Michelle Alexander and Cornel West