Common Book Read: White Fragility

book coverThe Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will host a common read of the New York Times best-selling book “White Fragility” by Robin DiAngelo beginning the last week of July.

“As we work collectively to build a more inclusive campus community, an essential component will be the ability to talk through challenging topics. This book read relaunches our intentional engagement in issues around race,” said Dr. G. Christine Taylor, vice president and associate provost for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Copies of the book are available electronically for a two-week period through UA Libraries or from various booksellers. The Libraries has a short video on how to access and download e-books.

Discussions about the book will be held in segments, beginning with chapters 1-3 the week of July 27.

Faculty and staff who want to participate in group discussions about the book are asked to sign up via Eventbrite.

About “White Fragility”

The book explores the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality.

About the Author

Robin DiAngelo is an academic, lecturer and author and has been a consultant and trainer on issues of racial and social justice for more than 20 years. She formerly served as a tenured professor of multicultural education at Westfield State University.