Action Book Club

About Us

In collaboration with the College of Education Student Association (COESA), Dean Karen Riley of the Morgridge College of Education (MCE) has committed to providing all incoming and current MCE Students with an eBook of How to Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi, to foster reflection, dialogue, and antiracist action. MCE Faculty and Staff started reading the book this summer. This Fall (2020), we will all participate in a cross-college, Action Book Club (ABC) throughout the Morgridge College of Education, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, and the Graduate School of Social Work.  

The purpose of this ABC is to bring systemic issues surrounding power, privilege, and oppression to the forefront and to invite interdisciplinary community-building to address current issues. 

Join Us!

The key objectives of participating in the Action Book Club are to support DU community members to:   

  • name the language of racism and its oppressive structures,   

  • critically discuss difficult topics and issues within a safe and intimate environment,   

  • analyze our personal and shared social impact in perpetuating and/or mitigating systemic oppression, and   

  • collaboratively develop and being to implement antiracist action steps to address these issues. 

Host or Join an Informal ABC

While all students are welcome and encouraged to join an Official ABC, we recognize the necessity of smaller safe spaces with friends when having challenging conversations. You are also encouraged to host or join an informal ABC throughout our DU community, scheduled directly with colleagues, to discuss the weekly ABC prompts.  


How to Be an Antiracist - Ibram X. Kendi

Weekly Prompts

  • Week 1
    Welcome to the Action Book Club (ABC) Community! This week our book clubs will be reading two chapters, Chapter X: My Racist Introduction and Chapter 1: Definitions, launching group discussions around racial identity, and reflecting on how we define antiracist communities.

    For our ABC facilitators – this is a great time to establish initial ground rules for your sessions and to get to know your participants! Please reference the ABC website for a Facilitator Training video prepared by DU Dialogues and for additional resources and activities.  

    Facilitator Training Video

    Facilitator Notes

    For Participants:

    Reflection Activities

    Cultural Competency Self-Assessment Checklist

    My Multicultural Self

  • Week 2
    Welcome to Week 2 of the Action Book Club (ABC) Community!

    This week our book clubs will be reading two chapters, Chapter 2: Dueling Consciousness and Chapter 3: Power. In Chapter 2, Kendi defines assimilationist, segregationist, and antiracist, explains dueling consciousness, and offers “a way to get free.” In Chapter 3, Kendi continues with a discussion of the relationship between race and power, and the “the self-interest of racist power.”

    For ABC facilitators:

    Facilitator Training Video

    Facilitator Notes

    For Participants:

    Week 2 Reflection Activities

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Thank you Inclusion & Equity Education & DU DialogUes!

A huge shout out to our friends in Inclusion & Equity Education (IEE), specifically the DU DialogUes program, for collaborating with us on our facilitation materials! IEE provides students with information, skills, and opportunities for constructive engagement across difference. The facilitation training video, extended resources, weekly tips, and other parts of the process have been crafted or informed by our colleagues in IEE and DU DialogUes (a program of IEE). Check out their social accounts:

Instagram: @du_dialogues

Facebook: @IEedDU

Check out more of their work!


Thank you to DU Dialogues for creating our Action Book Club Facilitator Training Video!

DU Resources for Support

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COVID-19 Resources for Minoritized Communities

Knowing that COVID-19 has disproportionately and deeply affected communities of color and other minoritized communities, we have created a resource list of campus support for your reference as our community navigates our re-opening in the coming months.

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The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) is committed to providing leadership, guidance, and resources in support of the University of Denver’s commitment to building a more diverse and inclusive institution. Here you will find racial justice statements and other learning resources.

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