The diversity book club plans to have many events throughout the year while partnering with different groups such as the Black Student Union, and even help host an art event at Emporia High School.
The club is open to students and staff of Emporia State that introduces authors of diverse novels and gives students a chance to read outside regular classwork. The first group meeting will take place on September 10th in the Diversity Lounge.
“My mantra as I take on this job is to spread out beyond color and cover all kinds of things under the scope of diversity,” said Teresa Taylor-Williams, diversity and inclusion coordinator.
Williams serves as the club’s facilitator. The club is an open dialogue group where any member at any point can choose to start a discussion based on whatever chapters they had read. The main purpose of the club is to open the dialogue about what it means to be part of diversity.
“I really like that the club is open dialogue, personally,” said Sarina Durrant, graduate art therapy student. “I think it’s the only way to facilitate growth in a group of strangers.”
The first book will be based on Hispanic Heritage Month called “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” by Junot Diaz.
“There’s a book regarding most things (such as) Hispanic Heritage Month and Black History Month,” said Jan Bard, sophomore Information Systems major. “It really exposes me to cultures I wouldn’t otherwise get.”
The club will start their next book on October 22nd by partnering with the food pantry to discuss food insecurity. Later in the semester, they will host an art event from Emporia High School.
“We really believe that talent doesn’t have an age. We just want to have something for everybody and know that it’s a safe space because all perspectives are welcome,” Williams said.
The club hopes the hosting of different events will attract more people to become a part of diversity events on campus.