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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Reading Challenge

Getting involved in the Challenge:

Members of the college community are challenged to buy and read one of the books found here:

Loyalty Bookstores Antiracist Reading Recs

Books can be purchased from any source, but books bought from Loyalty Books also help support businesses actively promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

After buying and reading the books, community members will donate them to Wessels Library to add to the collection so that all members of the community may read and educate themselves about diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Suggestions/donations not on the list are welcome as Wessels Library continues to build its diversity, equity, and inclusion collection.

Please let Reid Austin ( know if you would like to participate and what book(s) you will be donating so that he may list donated materials here to avoid duplicate purchases and so that all may see our generous donors (see selected books tab).

  1. All About Love (2 copies) Thanks to Dr. Amanda Hodges and Deborah Poston
  2. All American Boys (2 copies) Thanks to Dr. Amanda Hodges and Milena Velez
  3. An African American and Latinx History of the United States  Thanks to Jared Woolstenhulme
  4. Angry White Men: American Masculinity at the End of an Era Thanks to Dr. David Rachels and Angie Rachels
  5. Bipolar Faith: A Black Woman's Journey with Depression and Faith Thanks to Dr. Krista Hughes
  6. The Body Is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love Thanks to Dr. Krista Hughes
  7. A Bound Woman Is a Dangerous Thing: The Incarceration of African American Women from Harriet Tubman to Sandra Bland  Thanks to Dr. David Rachels and Angie Rachels
  8. Breathe: A Letter to My Sons Thanks to Dr. David Rachels and Angie Rachels
  9. Citizen: An American Lyric  Thanks to Dr. David Rachels and Angie Rachels
  10. The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America  (3 copies) Thanks to Dr. Dennis Lambries, Dr. Naomi Simmons, and Dr. David Rachels and Angie Rachels
  11. Dark Testament: And Other Poems Thanks to Dr. Krista Hughes
  12. Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America's Heartland (2 copies) Thanks to  Dr. Susan Epting and Les Parks
  13. Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia Thanks to Reid Austin
  14. Felon: Poems Thanks to Dr. David and Angie Rachels
  15. The Fire Next Time  (2 copies) Thanks to Dr. Peggy Winder and Dr. Jenn Martinsen)
  16. The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race Thanks to  Dr. Krista Hughes
  17. Heavy: An American Memoir Thanks to Dr. Jenn Martinsen
  18. How to Be an Antiracist Thanks to Dr. Tracy Power
  19. How Race Survived US History: From Settlement and Slavery to the Eclipse of Post-Racialism Thanks to Dr. David and Angie Rachels
  20. How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective Thanks to Dr. David and Angie Rachels
  21. i am from a punch & a kiss Thanks to  Dr. Krista Hughes
  22. Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation  Thanks to Carl Lominick
  23. A Measure of Belonging: Writers of Color on the New American South  Thanks to  Dr. Krista Hughes
  24. Men We Reaped: A Memoir  Thanks to  Dr. Krista Hughes
  25. Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism from the Inside Out Thanks to  Dr. Krista Hughes
  26. Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning Thanks to Dr. David and Angie Rachels
  27. Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness Thanks to Deborah Poston
  28. PET  Thanks to Dr. Carrie Caudill
  29. Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America  Thanks to Dr. Krista Hughes
  30. Reclaiming Our Space: How Black Feminists Are Changing the World from the Tweets to the Streets Thanks to Dr. David Rachels and Angie Rachels
  31. Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches Thanks to Dr. Naomi Simmons
  32. Slave Play Thanks to Dr. Naomi Simmons
  33. So You Want to Talk About Race (5 copies) Thanks to Dr. Sara Peters, Elisabeth Ramirez, Dr. Peggy Winder, and Dr. Naomi Simmons
  34. Solitary Thanks to Dr. David Rachels and Angie Rachels
  35. The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations Thanks to Dr. Patrick Casey
  36. Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America Thanks to Dr. Tracy Power
  37. They Can't Kill Us All: The Story of the Struggle for Black Lives  Thanks to Dr. David Rachels and Angie Rachels
  38. They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South Thanks to Jared Woolstenhulme
  39. This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do the Work  Thanks to Dr. David Rachels and Angie Rachels
  40. This is My America Thanks to Dr. John Lesaine
  41. Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves  Thanks to Milena Velez
  42. When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir (2 copies) Thanks to Dr. Naomi Simmons
  43. White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism Thanks to Chris and Katie Harris
  44. White Privilege Thanks to Dr. David Rachels and Angie Rachels
  45. White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide Thanks to Dr. Jenn Martinsen
  46. White Tears/Brown Scars: How White Feminism Betrays Women of Color (2 copies) Thanks to Dr. Jenn Martinsen and Milena Velez
  47. Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? (2 copies) Thanks to Dr. Sid Parrish and Chris and Katie Harris
  48. Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People about Race  Thanks to Elisabeth Ramirez
  49. Woke: A Guide to Social Justice Thanks to Chris and Katie Harris

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Book Club

A new initiative to encourage students, faculty, and staff to read and discuss titles that cover diversity, equity, and inclusion. Please contact Steffi Hiltgen or another librarian or staff member at Wessels for more information.