The AUPresses Equity, Justice, and Inclusion Committee organized a Community Read program to foster thoughtful reading and discussion about equity and inclusion—and to help us grapple with these important issues. After a community-wide nominating process, two titles were selected for our community to join in reading for spring and summer 2020; the committee selected a further Read title for winter 2021. We encouraged presses to create reading groups and spaces for conversation around these titles locally, and the Association hosted facilitated virtual discussion events.
The 2020 and 2021 Community Read Selected Titles were:
Why Indigenous Literatures Matter
Daniel Heath Justice
Wilfrid Laurier University Press
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism
Foreword by Michael Eric Dyson
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Invisible People: Stories of Lives at the Margin
Alex Tizon, edited by Sam Howe Verhovek, Foreword by Jose Antonio Vargas
Temple University Press
No reading guide available, but each of Tizon’s essays is introduced by a different person, and those introductions can serve as useful entry points for group discussion of the essays.
Watch the recorded session
Our colleagues throughout the Association nominated a marvelous list of university press titles that explore aspects of equity, justice, and inclusion.