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Virtual Book Club: So You Want to Talk About Race

Not enough time to attend an in-person SMPS book club? Feeling too much pressure to remember everything you read? Join the SMPS Boston Professional Development Committee on Microsoft Teams for a virtual book club!

Sign up to “attend” our book club, SMPS will send you copy of the book (hard copy, e-book, or audio book), and then you will receive an invite to a live discussion via Microsoft Teams led by our moderator, Stacey Russell, the Corporate Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging Coordinator for GPI. Non-members are welcome to attend; your fee will cover the cost of your book.

This book club will be reading So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo, which explores various subjects such as intersectionality, affirmative action, and “model minorities” to help readers conduct conversations about race and racism. We will be focusing discussion on Chapters 3, 4, and 14.


Amazon Book Summary: In this New York Times bestseller, Ijeoma Oluo offers a hard-hitting but user-friendly examination of race in America.

Widespread reporting on aspects of white supremacy — from police brutality to the mass incarceration of Black Americans — has put a media spotlight on racism in our society. Still, it is a difficult subject to talk about. How do you tell your roommate her jokes are racist? Why did your sister-in-law take umbrage when you asked to touch her hair — and how do you make it right? How do you explain white privilege to your white, privileged friend?

In So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo guides readers of all races through subjects ranging from intersectionality and affirmative action to “model minorities” in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about race and racism, and how they infect almost every aspect of American life.

“Oluo gives us — both white people and people of color — that language to engage in clear, constructive, and confident dialogue with each other about how to deal with racial prejudices and biases.” — National Book Review

“Generous and empathetic, yet usefully blunt . . . it’s for anyone who wants to be smarter and more empathetic about matters of race and engage in more productive anti-racist action.” — Salon (Required Reading)

Book Club Moderator

Stacey Russell, a passionate advocate for an inclusive workforce, is GPI’s Corporate Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Coordinator and Marketing Brand Manager for the Geospatial branch in Orlando, Florida. In her dual role as a Branch Marketing Brand Manager, she is also responsible for brand consistency and adherence to branch and corporate marketing initiatives. Stacey’s 18 years of diverse marketing experience specific to the A/E industry includes proposal strategy, developing digital content, social media engagement, as well as business development activities. Stacey serves as the Membership Co-Chair for WTS Central Florida and the 2019-2021 Transportation Program Lead with SMPS Central Florida.

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