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READ & REFLECT BOOK CLUB, jointly hosted by Neumann Library and the Office of Student Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, is an informal and flexible book club open to all UHCL students, faculty, and staff and is intended to allow our community to continue to participate with us in a significant and meaningful way. Rather than focusing our attention on any one book in particular, each participant will read a book on the theme in order to open the conversation to far more perspectives than any one book allows.

The READ & REFLECT inaugural summer/fall book club will focus on exploring issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, and racial justice to provide a relevant and timely avenue for discussion about the systemic racism impacting Black communities with the recent events surrounding George Floyd’s murder.

Choose any book that explores a different perspective, either in terms of race, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability, or other difference. The book can be either fiction or nonfiction, and can be at any reading level.

The book club will meet multiple times over the summer and fall in a virtual format to discuss the reading topic and chosen titles.

Registration for the book club is ongoing; come to as many or as few meetings as you would like! If you miss any of the early meetings, please feel free to sign up and join us for future dates.

Any person needing an accommodation for a disability in order to participate in this program should contact Kate Carter at at least one week prior to the event to arrange for the accommodation.


Wednesday, July 22 @ 12 Noon

During our first meeting, we will discuss the books we have chosen and why we chose them. We hope to engage you in a discussion of themes that may emerge from your chosen books. You do not need to have read your entire book by the time we meet.

Wednesday, August 12 @ 12 Noon

During this meeting, we will continue a discussion of our books, focusing on any moments or passages in the book that made you rethink your perspective.

Wednesday, September 23 @ 12 Noon

Continuing the discussion of our chosen books, this session can focus on how your book reflects what is happening in the world today, and how it might help others to gain new perspectives on current events.

Wednesday, October 21 @ 12 Noon

In this meeting, we'll continue exploring the themes of our books and talk about how diversity in books enriches society and broadens perspectives.

Wednesday, November 18 @ 12 Noon

For our final meeting, we'll wrap up the discussion of our chosen books by talking about what we've learned and what we'll be reading next!

Community Guidelines

The goal of the Read & Reflect Book Club is to offer the UHCL community opportunities to learn, connect, and share with one another about lived experiences and new perspectives related to the concepts explored by the books chosen by the participants.  We are committed to providing a friendly, safe, and welcoming environment for all, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, ability, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, age, and religion (or lack thereof).

We expect all book club discussion participants to help us create safe and positive experiences for everyone. Participants are expected to:

  • Participate in an authentic, constructive, and active way.
  • Exercise consideration and respect in speech and action.
  • Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behavior and speech.
  • Be mindful of your environment and of your fellow participants.

Unacceptable behaviors include intimidating, harassing, abusive, discriminatory, derogatory, or demeaning speech or actions by any participant in our community online, at all related events, and in one-on-one communications.

Harassment includes: harmful or prejudicial verbal or written comments related to gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, disability; use of nudity and/or sexual images in public spaces; deliberate intimidation, stalking or following; harassing photography or recording; sustained disruption of events; inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

We hope to offer all participants an optimum environment to learn, share, and connect.

Summer/Fall 2020 Theme

Explore a different perspective.

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