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KCIE #Reading for Change

#ARRK

Because it can be daunting to know where and how to start with this Reading for Change booklist as well as other antiracism collections, the KCIE leadership team would like to introduce the KCIE #AntiRacism Reading Knook initiative (#ARRK).  

The #ARRK is intended to help

  1. reduce the barrier to entry into reading antiracism books,
  2. identify campus facilitators with experience teaching and/or disciplinary expertise to provide context and guide discussion,
  3. foster broader relationships among faculty and staff, and thus
  4. build greater capacity for an inclusive campus through sustained and focused engagement with shared texts.

Some community members have already committed to guiding sessions for the fall academic term. (See the schedule on left.) If you are interested in facilitating an #ARRK session during the winter term, please fill out the following form. (Facilitators will receive a $50 stipend).

Starting on September 29th and then the 3rd Tuesday of every month, the #ARRK initiative will host an open discussion of either one or two chapters from a selected book or a current article on an antiracism topic recommended by those in the field. (We will give priority to discussions focusing on books and/or authors in the Reading for Change collection.) The discussion will be led by a member of the K-College community who has experience with, training on, and/or knowledge in relation to the reading. If there is an interest among participants, the #ARRK session leader will invite attendees to continue the conversation beyond the introductory meeting and/or create a book club for follow-up discussions. While this #ARRK effort seeks to support ongoing individual and collective study, no one will be required to participate beyond the initial (and perhaps only) meeting.

Questions? Contact Regina Stevens-Truss (Regina.Stevens-Truss@kzoo.edu) or Bruce Mills (Bruce.Mills@kzoo.edu).