Two students reading books next to colorful artwork.


Beyond the Book is a campus-wide program that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion by exploring four themes with four different books. Discussions are held monthly with several scheduled for April 2022; reading the book in advance is not required.

Sponsored by the LCC’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion and its Centre for Engaged Inclusion, LCC students and employees are provided with free copies in order to provide as much accessibility to the book as possible. Books are available for pick up in the Cesar Chavez Learning Center Arts and Science Building 1313 and in the Centre for Engaged Inclusion in the Gannon Building.

Upcoming discussion dates for this year’s books, and their themes:

Thursday April 7 at 12 noon: “Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants” by Robin Wall Kimmerer (theme: Global and Cultural Perspectives). Discussion facilitators are Susan Serafin-Jess and Jennifer Flenner.

Wednesday April 13 at 12 noon: “Educated” by Tara Westover (theme: Accessibility and Advocacy). Discussion facilitators are Judith Allen and Caitlyn Stypa.

The other two books are “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent” by Isabel Wilkerson (theme: Diversity and Racial Equity) and “Mind and Matter: A Life in Math and Football” by John Urschel and Louisa Thomas (theme: Gender and Self Identity).

Find more information and calendar listings with the WebEx links for each discussion at the Office of Diversity and Inclusion: