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University of Minnesota

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