Engaging Conversations: Talking Identity is a new, diversity-focused program hosted by Randall Library, the Center for Teaching Excellence and Center for Faculty Leadership, and Human Resources Inclusion and Diversity, and co-sponsored by Undergraduate Studies, the Department of English, School of Social Work, the Watson College of Education, Student Affairs, and Bo Dean, in honor of Harold K. Hodges Jr. on his 80th Birthday.

Each year, a new cohort of faculty, staff, and community members will meet weekly to discuss a shared reading, as well as to engage in facilitated introspection, conversation, and awareness-building.

This year's group of 30 individuals will be reading Debby Irving's book Waking Up White, exploring their role in racial dynamics, and discovering steps to address these issues in their personal and professional lives. 

Weekly Discussion Meetings

Five weekly meetings will occur on Wednesdays at noon, between October 11th - November 8th. To be considered for this year's cohort, please complete the registration form by October 9th.

We highly encourage faculty, staff, and community members to register. The more diverse the cohort of participants, the richer the discussion and experience! The first 30 people to register will be automatically included in this year’s cohort and you will receive a confirmation email within 48 hours of registration to confirm your participation. Event locations and information about campus parking will be sent to you in this confirmation message.

If you are unable to attend our weekly meetings but are interested in hosting your own discussion group, we can provide you with the necessary resources! Please feel free to make use of these weekly discussion guides:

Author Visit

Debby Irving, author of this year’s book Waking Up White, will be coming to campus on November 14th!

Please join us at 6:00 in Morton 100 for her talk, as well as for the following reception and book signing.