Equity Reads: Building Community through Literature and Discussion – NEW!

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Tell us if you’d like to join or facilitate a book club in winter or spring!

The Equity Reads program has a wide variety of titles that present many different lived experiences, in various genres. There are graphic novels, poetry, memoirs, and more. Each set has 8 copies of the book, and a digital guide to running the book club which includes sample discussion questions. The purpose of this program is to create conversation, and action, to help Bellevue College continue along its goal of being an equitable and supportive environment for our entire campus community. You don’t have to go through Faculty Commons to host a book club, but you’re invited to do so as an option! Current titles include:

  • The Best We Could Do (2018) by Thi Bui
  • Diary of a Daughter in Diaspora (2018) by Bayan Founas
  • Disability Visibility (2021) by Alice Wong (Editor)
  • Gender Queer: a Memoir (2019) by Maia Kobabe
  • How to Be Drawn (2015) by Terrance Hayes
  • Leaders Around Me: Autobiographies of Autistics Who Type, Point, & Spell to Communicate (2019) by Edlyn Vallejo Peña
  • Letters to a Young Brown Girl: Poems (2020) by Barbara Jane Reyes
  • Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me: a Graphic Memoir (2012) by Ellen Forney
  • March: Book One (2013) by John Lewis; Andrew Aydin; Nate Powell (Illustrator)
  • There There (2018) by Tommy Orange
  • This is Ear Hustle: Unflinching Stories of Everyday Prison Life (2022) by Nigel Poor and Earlonne Woods
  • What We Don’t Talk about When We Talk about Fat (2021) by Aubrey Gordon
  • You Sound Like a White Girl (2022) by Julissa Arce

Fill out the Equity Reads Interest Survey by Dec. 18th to let us know which title(s) you’re interested in, and whether you’d like to be a facilitator.

8-10 PD Hours and $200-250 Stipend (TBD) for participants. Facilitators are compensated at their hourly Category C rate for development and facilitation as determined together with the Faculty Commons Chair. 

The Equity Reads program is hosted by the BC Library Media Center and the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Please reach out to Elena Maans-Lorincz, Library Media Center, or Sajonna Sletten, Faculty Commons Chair, with questions.

Last Updated January 8, 2024