Above: members of the Booked for Lunch book club with author Chris Wilson (center, wearing scarf) and founder Mishawn Smith (center, wearing burgundy dress)
The Booked for Lunch book club comes together to read, watch, and discuss literature and other materials on diversity, equity, inclusion, social justice, and professional development.
The group of "diversified thinkers" was founded in 2017 and has more than 100 members from across the University of Maryland, Baltimore community and meets virtually* every other month for dialogue, awareness, and collaborative thinking as it reviews literature and other materials.
All are welcome to join.
*The club is currently meeting virtually due to the pandemic. Pre-pandemic, the club met in person and lunch was provided by local women and minority vendors from West Baltimore. Books were also provided to members.
The Booked for Lunch book club offers a safe space for honest and organic conversations. An alternative to the conventional diversity and inclusion training typically offered in organizations, the club provides an inclusive and safe space that allows for raw conversations that promote awareness and build rapport while creating opportunities for collaborative thinking through the review and discussion of a variety of diverse reading and media materials.