Final IRC of semester focuses on vulnerability, shame resilience, and the Black experience
The Inclusive Reading Club (IRC) will be hosting its final discussion for the academic year on topics around diversity, equity and inclusion on Thursday, April 20, at 4 p.m.
This will be a hybrid program. Participants may join in-person on the second floor of McKillop Library or via Zoom. To register for either of these options for IRC, go to the event page. All registrants will receive the Zoom link.
With special guest facilitator Dr. Oyenike Balogun-Mwangi, assistant professor of psychology, the Salve Regina community if invited to join the IRC in reading selected essays from the book “You Are Your Best Thing: Vulnerability, Shame Resilience, and the Black Experience.”
This book was co-created by Tarana Burke, the American activist who started the #MeToo movement, and Dr. Brené Brown, bestselling researcher and author of popular books like “Daring Greatly” and “Braving the Wilderness.”
“You Are Your Best Thing” is a potent collection of essays on Black shame and healing. Participants will be able to read the voices of Black writers, organizers, artists, academics and cultural figures in dynamic essays that recognize and explore the trauma of Black shame associated with white supremacy.
Along with the anthology contributors, Burke and Brown themselves process the legacy of white supremacy while affirming the fullness of Black life. The steps taken toward healing are discussed in length, offering readers a way forward.
Readings will be posted through the IRC’s message board.
The Inclusive Reading Club is managed collaboratively by the Office of Multicultural Programs and Retention and McKillop Library. For any questions, please contact Rose Albert, associate director of the Office of Multicultural Programs and Retention, at email@example.com; or Gretchen Sotomayor, special programs and instruction librarian at McKillop Library, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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