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Campus Reading Groups

To have your group added to this page, or for help starting a new group, please contact Megan Mahoney at mmahone1@emporia.edu. The Library supports groups for all members of the ESU community. Groups do not have to focus on reading books specifically; reading can involve other forms of media. The Emporia Public Library also runs book discussion groups that may be of interest.

Bonner & Bonner Diversity Lecture Book Group

Currently Reading: Push Has Come to Shove by Dr. Steve Perry, sections 2, 3, 5 and 7,  and A Smarter Charter: Finding What Works for Charter Schools and Public Education by Richard Kahenburg and Halley Potter, chapters 1-4.

Next Meeting: February 2017, specific dates forthcoming.

Contact: Megan Mahoney, mmahone1@emporia.edu


Pages for Change

PAGES FOR CHANGE: A Diversity Book Club

Spring 2018 Diversity Student Programs

MLK Candlelight Vigil

Monday, January 22nd 2018 | 5:30pm – 6:00pm | Union Square

MLK Celebration.

Movie Night: Selma

Monday, January, 22nd 2018 | 6:30pm | Preston Family Room, MU

MLK Celebration.

Brown Bag Dialogue

Tuesday, January 23rd 2018 | 12:00pm-1:00pm | Greek Room, MU

MLK Celebration. Topic of discussion will be Dr. King’s Non-Violence Philosophy.

Trivia Game Night

Wednesday, January 24th 2018 | 6:30pm - 8:00PM | PKP Room, MU

MLK Celebration. Come and test your knowledge pertaining to the people and events during the civil rights movement that are of historic importance. Giveaways will be provided!

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Randal Jelks

Thursday, January 25th 2018| 6:00pm | PKP Room, MU

MLK Celebration. KU Professor, Dr. Randal Jelks will give his reflection of Dr. Kings Philosophy.

MLK Photo Booth and Giveaways

Friday, January 26th 2018 | 10:00am-1:00pm | Main Street, MU

MLK Celebration. Students are invited to come celebrate the end of our MLK week celebrations by taking photos by our photo booth with the hashtag #MLK2018. Giveaways will be available!

MLK Lecture: Kevin Powell

Friday, January 26th 2018 | 6:00pm | Skyline, MU

MLK Celebration. Come join us for our final event of MLK week! Political Activist Kevin Powel will be on campus to give a keynote speech. This event is open to the public.

A Night with Poet/Writer: Joshua Bennett

Thursday, February 1st 2018 | 7:00pm | Albert Taylor Hall

Black History Month Event Join us for a night of spoken word poetry performances by Joshua Bennett to celebrate black history month. This event is open to the public.

Co-Sponsored with Union Activities Board.

Diversity Ambassadors Meeting

Tuesday, February 6th 2018 | 6:30pm-8:00pm | Blue Key Room, MU

This meeting is for Diversity Ambassadors only.

Mental Health in the Black Community

Wednesday, February 7th 2018 | 6:30pm | Blue Key Room, MU

Black History Month Event Join us for an open discussion on Mental Health in the Black Community.

Social Justice Lecture with Dr. Joy Degruy

Thursday, February 8th 2018 | 6:00pm | Albert Tayler Hall, PH

Dr. Joy DeGruy is a nationally and internationally renowned researcher, educator, author and presenter. Her seminars have been lauded as the most dynamic and inspirational currently being presented on the topics of culture, race relations and contemporary social issues. She is a tell-it-like-it-is ambassador for healing and a voice for those who’ve struggled in search of the past, and continue to struggle through the present.

Skate Night

Thursday, February 15th, 2018 | 7pm – 9pm | Off Campus, Rollers (701 Graham St.)

Black History Month Event
Free Skate Night

Black Panther Movie Premier

Friday, February 16th, 2018 | 10:00pm | Off campus, B&B Emporia Flint Hills 8 Cinema

Black History Month Event

Diversity Student Programs will be sponsoring 100 free tickets. This is a first come first serve event. ESU ID must be present at the theater.

Diversity Ambassadors Meeting

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018 | 6:30pm - 8:00PM | Roe, R. Cross Room, MU

This meeting is for Diversity Ambassadors only.

BSU Big XII Conference

Thursday-Sunday, March 1st- 4th, 2018 | Off Campus, Baylor university Waco, TX

Diversity Ambassadors Meeting

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018 | 6:30pm - 8:00PM | Roe, R. Cross Room, MU

This meeting is for Diversity Ambassadors only.

Speaker: Tamika Mallory (Founders of Women’s March)

Thursday, March 8th, 2018 | 7:00pm | Albert Tayler Hall, MU

Women’s History Month Event

Tamika is an activist and the founder of Mallory Consulting, and the national co-chair for the Women’s March.

Co-Sponsored with Union Activities Board

Let’s Talk: Intersectionality

Monday, March 12th, 2018 | 6:30pm | Kanza/ Flint Hills Room, MU

Women’s History Month Event Join us for a discussion on intersectionality.

Women in Academia

Thursday, March 15th, 2018 | 6:30pm | Greek Room, MU

Women’s History Month Event Join us for a discussion on about Black women in Academia. There will be guest speakers.

Diversity Ambassadors Meeting

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018 | 6:30pm - 8:00PM | Blue Key Room, MU

This meeting is for Diversity Ambassadors only.

Mosaic: Diversity Leadership Retreat

Friday-Saturday, April 6th-7th, 2018 | Off Campus, Camp Wood

Diversity Ambassadors Meeting

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018 | 6:30pm - 8:00PM | Blue Key Room, MU

This meeting is for Diversity Ambassadors only.

#EqualAccess Tabling

Friday, April 20th, 2018 | 10:00am-1:00pm | Mainstreet, MU

Co-Sponsored with Student Accessibility & Support Services.

#EqualAccess Brown Bag Discussion

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018 | 12:00pm-1:00pm | Greek Room, MU

Join us for a discussion on accessibility. Co-Sponsored with Student Accessibility & Support Services.

#EqualAccess lecture with Adam Burnett

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 | 6:30pm | PKP Room, MU

Adam Burnett will be giving a lecture on disability etiquette. Co-Sponsored with Student Accessibility & Support Services.

#EqualAccess Panel Discussion

Thursday, April 19th, 2018 | 6:00pm | Greek, MU

Current ESU students will be telling their stories about living with a disability. Co-Sponsored with Student Accessibility & Support Services.

#EqualAccess Tabling

Friday, April 20th, 2018 | 10:00am-1:00pm | Mainstreet, MU


Cultural Celebration Months

Black History Month | February 1st – February 28th

Women’s History Month | March 1st – March 31st

Equal Access Awareness Week | April 16 – April 20th


International Education Events

Game Night in the Library

Wednesday, February 7th 2018 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm | WAW library

American & International Student Panel

Thursday, February 15th, 2018 | 5:00pm - 7:00PM | Flint Hills/ Kanza Rooms, MU

Fan Lin Safety Program

Monday, March 12th 2018 | 1:00pm-3:00pm | Ballroom, MU

International Tea Party

Friday, March 16th, 2018 | 9:00am-4:00pm | Ballroom, MU

International Food Festival

Wednesday, April 14th, 2018 | 11:00pm-3:00pm | Webb Hall, MU

American & International Student panel

Wednesday, April 25th, 2018 | 5:00pm-7:00pm | Kanza/Flint Hills MU


Pages for Change book club Meeting

Tuesdays, February 6th, 13th, 20th, & 27th 2018 | 5:00pm-6:00pm | Diversity Lounge, MU

Book: Between the World and Me

By: Ta-Nehisi Coates

Between the World and Me is Ta-Nehisi Coates’s attempt to answer these questions in a letter to his adolescent son. Coates shares with his son—and readers—the story of his awakening to the truth about his place in the world through a series of revelatory experiences, from Howard University to Civil War battlefields, from the South Side of Chicago to Paris, from his childhood home to the living rooms of mothers whose children’s lives were taken as American plunder. Beautifully woven from personal narrative, reimagined history, and fresh, emotionally charged reportage, Between the World and Me clearly illuminates the past, bracingly confronts our present, and offers a transcendent vision for a way forward.


Tuesdays, March 6th, April 10th, 17th, & 24th 2018 | 5:00pm – 6:00 pm | Diversity Lounge, MU

Book: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

By: Rebecca Skloot

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more. Henrietta's cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can't afford health insurance. This phenomenal New York Times bestseller tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew.