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Jan. 10, 2022

Bearcat Diversity Book Club accepting registrations for spring

The Northwest Missouri State University’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion invites all students and employees to join its Bearcat Diversity Book Club this spring for discussions about concepts and issues of racism.

Students who join the book club will read “Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man” by Emmanuel Acho. The author, a former NFL player and current Fox Sports analyst, presents truths Americans need to know to address systemic racism.

Students must register by Monday, Jan. 17, by clicking this link. Meetings will occur in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the J.W. Jones Student Union and via Zoom.

Employees participating in the book club will read “White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide” by Carol Anderson. In the New York Times bestseller, Anderson links historical flashpoints when social progress for African Americans was countered by opposition and pulls back the veil that has long covered actions made in the name of protecting democracy, fiscal responsibility, or protection against

Employees must register by Friday, Jan. 14, by clicking this link.

“The Bearcat Diversity Book Club allows employees and students to learn at a pace that is comfortable to them,” Dr. Justin Mallett, Northwest’s assistant vice president of diversity and inclusion, said. “The book club has been successful because of the dialogue it has created and the sharing of experiences that allows for diversity of thought and understanding to take place. It has been a great addition to our campus and community, and hopefully more students and employees will consider joining.”

For more information about the Bearcat Diversity Book Club, contact Mallett at


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