Women R.E.A.D. (Reading for Equity and Diversity)
Women R.E.A.D. (Reading for Equity and Diversity) is a professional development program for University women employees. Women R.E.A.D. groups of 8-12 women provide a friendly environment in which participants read and discuss a book to gain knowledge and strategies to advance equity and diversity, thus assisting the University in its mission to foster a culture of excellence for all from every level of the organization. Additionally, colleagues network about initiatives and best practices across campus. More than a book group, participants also learn during the closing session, as well as acquire leadership skills as groups select and implement a micro-project to improve the U’s culture of excellence for women.
In addition, volunteer group facilitators participate in a training to gain additional leadership skills. E-mail the Women’s Center if you are interested in being a volunteer facilitator.
Women R.E.A.D. Schedule
- Book(s) are selected in the summer
- Volunteer facilitators are trained in the fall
- Applications are solicited in November via a mass e-mail
- Kickoff workshops are held in January
- Small groups meet four times, typically twice in February and twice in March
- Capstone event is held in April or May
Women R.E.A.D. Book Selections
- 2011-2012 - Eco Amazons: 20 Women Who Are Transforming the World
- 2010-2011 - White Privilege: Essential Readings on the Other Side of Racism
- 2009-2010 - Thank God It's Monday!: How to Create a Workplace You and Your Customers Love
- 2008-2009 - How to Turn Your Money Life Around: The Money Book for Women and The Nonverbal Advantage: Secrets and Science of Body Language at Work
- 2007-2008 - See Jane Lead: 99 Ways for Women to Take Charge at Work