Book Club | United in Diversity

The United in Diversity Book Club offers directed reading and quarterly virtual meetups for ULA members to discuss, share, challenge ourselves, and grow.

Open to all ULA members. Not registered? Join us!

Diversity in Children's Books

Hosted by the ULA School Section – August 5, 2021 @ 9 am

  • Call Me Max by Kyle Lukoff
  • A Different Pond by Bao Phi
  • Encounter by Brittany Luby/Michaela Goade
  • Islandborn by Junot Diaz/Leo Espinosa
  • Papa, Daddy, & Riley by Seamus Kirst/Deavon Holzworth
  • The Proudest Blue by Ibtihaj Muhammad/SK Ali/Hatem Aly
  • Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o/Vashti Harrison
  • We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom/Michaela Goade

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria by Beverly Daniel Tatum, PhD

Hosted by the ULA Special Section – November 4, 2021 @ 9 am

Walk into any racially mixed high school and you will see Black, White, and Latino youth clustered in their own groups. Is this self-segregation a problem to address or a coping strategy? Beverly Daniel Tatum, a renowned authority on the psychology of racism, argues that straight talk about our racial identities is essential if we are serious about enabling communication across racial and ethnic divides. These topics have only become more urgent as the national conversation about race is increasingly acrimonious.  Essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the dynamics of race in America.

Ethical Questions in Name Authority Control by Jane Sandberg

Hosted by the ULA Academic Section – February 3 @ 9 am

BONUS: Virtual Author Visit!

Catalogers hold very specific types of power when they describe people, families, and corporate bodies. This collection explores and develops this framework through theoretical and practice-based essays, stories, interviews, taxonomies, content analyses, and other methods. As it explores ethical questions in a variety of settings, this book will deepen readers’ understanding of names, identities, and library catalogs. The chapters from this volume are intended to spark conversations among librarians, archivists, library technologists, library administrators, and library and information science students.

Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla F. Saad

Hosted by the ULA Public Section – May 19, 2022 @ TBA

Meet up with your ULA colleagues for our final United in Diversity Book Club meeting in person at our 2022 ULA Conference!

The New York Times and USA Today bestseller! This eye-opening book challenges you to do the essential work of unpacking your biases, and helps white people take action and dismantle the privilege within themselves so that you can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on people of color, and in turn, help other white people do better, too.