Inclusive Culture Book Club

inclusive culture book club

The Inclusive Culture Book Club creates intentional space and time for employees to engage in conversations about DEI-related books. This remote book club meets about monthly.

The goal of this book club is to create a more inclusive culture by:

  • Building and enhancing professional relationships and trust among colleagues.
  • Expanding knowledge, skills and perspectives related to DEI:
    • Cross-cultural/intercultural communication
    • Perspective-taking
    • How to have difficult conversations
    • Cultural competency and cultural humility


January 26, 202312:40 – 1:30 p.m.Crying in H Mart by Michelle ZaunerTo get Zoom link, sign-up by January 12
February 23, 202312:40 – 1:30 p.m.Whistling Vivaldi by Claude M SteeleTo get Zoom link, sign-up by February 9

Book selections

crying in h mart

January 2023 Selection

Crying in H Mart

By Michelle Zauner

In this exquisite story of family, food, grief, and endurance, Michelle Zauner proves herself far more than a dazzling singer, songwriter, and guitarist. With humor and heart, she tells of growing up one of the few Asian American kids at her school in Eugene, Oregon; of struggling with her mother’s particular, high expectations of her; of a painful adolescence; of treasured months spent in her grandmother’s tiny apartment in Seoul, where she and her mother would bond, late at night, over heaping plates of food.

As she grew up, moving to the East Coast for college, finding work in the restaurant industry, and performing gigs with her fledgling band–and meeting the man who would become her husband–her Koreanness began to feel ever more distant, even as she found the life she wanted to live. It was her mother’s diagnosis of terminal cancer, when Michelle was twenty-five, that forced a reckoning with her identity and brought her to reclaim the gifts of taste, language, and history her mother had given her.

Vivacious and plainspoken, lyrical and honest, Zauner’s voice is as radiantly alive on the page as it is onstage. Rich with intimate anecdotes that will resonate widely, and complete with family photos, Crying in H Mart is a book to cherish, share, and reread.


February 2023 Selection

Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do

By Claude M Steele

The acclaimed social psychologist offers an insider’s look at his research and groundbreaking findings on stereotypes and identity.

Claude M. Steele, who has been called “one of the few great social psychologists,” offers a vivid first-person account of the research that supports his groundbreaking conclusions on stereotypes and identity. He sheds new light on American social phenomena from racial and gender gaps in test scores to the belief in the superior athletic prowess of black men, and lays out a plan for mitigating these “stereotype threats” and reshaping American identities.

Books are chosen by the inclusive culture sub-group of the DEI Committee. Members of the book club and the broader UWS community are also invited to make book suggestions by sending ideas to [email protected].

How to Get a Book

  • Use a copy you already own or borrow from a friend/ colleague
  • Reach out to your local library, including the UWS Library
  • Check out used or inexpensive options at a local or online bookstore
  • The DEI Committee will have a limited number of copies for employees to borrow. Contact Bola Majekobaje for more information.

Sponsored by the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.


  • DEI Committee
  • UWS Library

Inclusive Culture Sub-Committee members: Johnny Kang, Oscar Licon, Bola Majekobaje, Ritah Parrish, and Alec Torres

Community Agreements:

  1. Foster a co-learning environment. We are all on a path of learning and are striving to do the best we can. Gaining cultural competence and practicing cultural humility is a life-long process.  
  2. Correct gently, but do correct. If participants say something that is incorrect or offensive, politely address what was said. One method is to use curiosity and inquiry if there are questions about intent. For example… “Tell me more about what you mean when you say…?” 
  3. Make space, take space. Participants should be aware of how much they are speaking. If they feel they are speaking a lot, they should let others speak, and if they find themselves not talking, they should try to contribute some comments, ideas, or suggestions. 
  4. Assess your individual safety and use discernment. Your individual safety is important. Please only share as much as you feel comfortable. The intent is that learnings from the book club will be shared, but please refrain from using names or personal stories of colleagues.  
  5. At the same time, lean into discomfort. Book club topics can sometimes be challenging. Be willing to experience some discomfort in discussions, and learn from that experience.  
  6. Take care of yourself. If the discussion is too intense or makes you feel too uncomfortable, please feel free to step away.  
  7. Use “I” statements. Everyone should speak from his/her/their own experiences.