We are excited about the National CASA/GAL Network Book Club, where staff and volunteers can engage in facilitated dialogue. As expressed recently, current events have caused us to reflect and find ways we can address racism, injustices, diversity, equity, engagement and inclusion. It is critical to the work we do to understand subjects that may ultimately impact the children we serve. With this in mind, our next book club series will focus on the subject of diversity, equity and inclusion.
Through a series of thoughtful and open-minded readings, discussions and dialogue, we want staff members and volunteers to walk away with a better understanding of racism and its implications. We aim for each person participating in the book club to further reflect our organizational values of:
Adaptability ? Collaboration ? Integrity ? Respect ? Quality ? Service ? Stewardship
National CASA/GAL will lead a quarterly book study, open to the entire network. Interested participants will be asked to register. Beginning in July and going through much of 2021, book club participants will have six weeks to read each book. Throughout the six-week period, participants will engage in dialogue about the book and will be invited to engage in live discussion. Upon completion of each book, participants can take part in conversations with colleagues about the book. Discussions with the author will also be included throughout the year. Participants can earn up to four exciting reads, conversations and author discussions.
Sign up today to participate. Upcoming book choices are:
·The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein – October 26 – December 4
· Between the World and Me by Ta’Nehisi Coates – January 11 – February 23
· So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo – March 29 – May 24