City launches equity and inclusion book club with reading by Andrea Jenkins

The City Coordinator’s Office of Equity and Inclusion kicks off READ, a new employee book club focused on equity and inclusion, with “A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota,” a collection of essays edited by Sun Yung Shin. The book includes 16 Minnesota writers who share their experience living as a person of color in Minnesota including a contribution by former City Council Policy Aide Andrea Jenkins. Join Jenkins for a reading of her essay and discussion of the book among City employees from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, in Room 319 at City Hall.

The writers in “A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota” show the reality behind racial disparity statistics in Minnesota communities, numbers that are among the worst in the nation. “This book provides an important tool to those who want to be part of closing those gaps,” according to the Minnesota Historical Society Press, the book’s publisher.

About the READ book club

READ stands for Reading for Equity and Diversity. The book club will select books and hold book club discussions periodically. Watch Minneapolis Matters and CityTalk for the latest selections and book club meetings.

Departments interested in hosting their own READ session for their employees or the City enterprise who want guidance on books or technical support should contact Joy Marsh Stephens at joy.stephens@minneapolismn.gov or 612-673-2102.

Get the first book

“A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota” is available from the Minnesota Historical Society as well as many e-book vendors, including Amazon, bn.com, Google, iTunes and Kobo.

Sign up to attend the event

Employees who have read “A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota” or want to learn more about it are encouraged to attend the reading and book club discussion. Register to attend in COMET:

  1. Visit COMET.
  2. Click “Learning and Development.”
  3. Search the keyword “read.”
  4. Click “Enroll.”

Published Apr 6, 2016

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