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Summer 2022 CAP DSJreads

By Youssef Farhat

In alignment with the Common Academic Program's responsiveness to the changing times while remaining informed by the seven institutional learning goals, this DSJreads list offers a series of recommended books revolving around the Diversity ILG learning continuum.

We hope you find interest in some of these books and invite you to examine the issues presented critically.


  • All About Love: New Visions
    bell hooks
  • The Rage of Innocence: How America Criminalizes Black Youth
    Kristin Henning
  • Just Us: An American Conversation
    Claudia Rankine
  • Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do
    Claude M. Steele 
  • Fix your climate: a Practical Guide to Reducing Microaggressions, Micro bullying, and Bullying in the Academic Workplace.
    Myron Anderson, and Kathryn Young 
  • O Beautiful
    Jung Yun


  • Living a Feminist Life
    Sara Ahmed
  • The Vanishing Half
    Brit Bennett
  • Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men
    Caroline Criado Perez
  • Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
    Matthew Desmond
  • Redeeming Leadership: An Anti-Racist Feminist Intervention
    Helena Liu
  • Until Justice Be Done: America's First Civil Rights Movement, from the Revolution to Reconstruction
    Kate Masur

Intercultural Competence

  • Light from Uncommon Stars
    Ryka Aoki  
  • The Stone of Laughter
    Hoda Barakat 
  • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
    Jamie Ford
  • Olga Dies Dreaming
    Xochitl Gonzalez 
  • How We Fight for Our Lives: A Memoir
    Saeed Jones
  • They Said They Wanted Revolution: A Memoir of My Parents
    Neda Toloui-Semnani 

Social Justice/Inequality 

  • Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds
    adrienne maree brown
  • There Is Nothing For You Here: Finding Opportunity in the Twenty-First Century
    Fiona Hill
  • Knowledge Justice: Disrupting Library and Information Studies through Critical Race Theory
    Ed. Sofia Y. Leung and Jorge R. López-McKnight
  • How the Word is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America
    Clint Smith
  • Dear America, Notes from an Undocumented Citizen
    Jose Antonio Vargas
  • Dispatches from the Race War
    Tim Wise 

This list was crowdsourced by CAP Diversity and Social Justice faculty, and published in collaboration with University of Dayton Libraries, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Multi-Ethnic Education and Engagement Center, Global and Intercultural Affairs Center, and the Diversity ILG Working Group

Youssef Farhat, CAP Diversity and Social Justice (DSJ) Coordinator, and Lecturer in the Department of Political Science. 

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