May 17, 2024

Summer Book Club with OEI

Join the Office of Equity and Inclusion for our summer book club read, Skin & Bones by Renée Watson. The first 25 people to respond will be guaranteed a copy of the book, but everyone is invited to join! E-books are also available.

The Office of Equity and Inclusion’s goal is to continue to provide spaces to build community over the summer, and this book club can serve as a touch point to meet and discuss the complex themes within this read, including parenthood, friendship, faith, love, and what gets passed down from one generation to the next. We will come together to discuss a local author and story, and how it impacts our understanding of our local community and our lived experiences.

Reserve your book now

Skin & Bones by Renee Watson book cover Skin & Bones by Renee Watson At 40, Lena Baker is at a steady and stable moment in life—between wine nights with her two best friends and her wedding just weeks away, she’s happy in love and in friendship until a confession on her wedding day shifts her world.

Unmoored and grieving a major loss, Lena finds herself trying to teach her daughter self-love while struggling to do so herself. Lena questions everything she’s learned about dating, friendship, and motherhood, and through it all, she works tirelessly to bring the oft-forgotten Black history of Oregon to the masses, sidestepping her well-meaning co-workers that don’t understand that their good intentions are often offensive and hurtful.

Dates for Book Club:

  • Book Club Kick Off: June 6, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. (Where you will pick up your book!)
    • Location: Fowler 350
  • Zoom to Discuss Book: July 16, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
    • Location: Zoom
  • Book Club Celebration & Continued Dialogue Ideas: August 13, 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    • Location: TBD