Reading Circle: White Fragility

Looking for a brave space to engage with others on our campus in conversations on race, particularly focusing on understanding white fragility and engaging in anti-racist work?  We need to do this work as individuals and in community.

Seeking people who will commit to showing up as often as they can over the next six weeks. This is a reading circle, so the conversations will be focused on the readings in the book and how they connect with our personal experiences. Each week we will ask you to read 2-3 chapters to prepare. The conversations will be hosted by Destiny Lewis, Desta Goehner, Sam Thomas, Nicole Gonzales and Dan Tillapaugh. 

While any members of the staff and faculty may attend, speaking priority will be given to those who have prepared with the readings ahead of time. We will be talking from our experiences, not opinions.

Here is what our BRAVE SPACE looks like (coming soon). This document was created by our Reading Circle.  It is what we are commiting to as individuals and as a community.

Reading assignments: 

Week 2: Read Chapters 2 and 3

Week 1: The week of March 9, please plan on reading the foreword, the authors note, the introduction and chapter 1. You are free to read beyond that, but we will focus our time on creating the brave space for us to have these conversations in, getting to know each other, and then diving into the reading. 

We are offering two sessions each week, starting the week of March 9. They will have the same content, so pick the time that best works for your schedule. We’re hoping you can commit to one of the days, but if you need to jump around due to your schedule, you have that flexibility. 

Reading Cirlce locations:

Mondays 11:30 am - 1:00 pm:

3/9: Lundring

3/16: Alumni 112 and 115

3/23: Lundring

3/30: Alumni 112 and 115

4/27: Alumni 112 and 115


Thursdays 12:15-1:45pm:

3/12: Lundring

3/19: Kingsmen and Carol’s Corner

3/26: Kingsmen and Carol’s Corner

4/2: Lundring

4/30: Kingsmen and Carol’s Corner


The book we have chosen is White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo and Michael Eric Dyson.  


RSVP here

  • If you RSVP by March 5, lunch will be provided for you on the first meeting. 
  • The office of Congregational Relations, Mission & Identity and the GSOE are providing 50 books, at no cost, to the first 50 who sign up! 
  • This reading circle is for current staff and faculty only.  

Contact Desta Goehner, Destiny Lewis, Nicole Gonzales, Sam Thomas or Dan Tillapaugh. 

Sponsored by the Division of Mission & Identity.