The Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and the Center for Teaching are offering a virtual Social Justice Reading Group for instructors and staff. Utilizing Zoom and ICON, participants will attend a monthly session to engage in critical conversations with their colleagues about the readings and practice new skills and techniques. All UI Instructors (faculty, staff, and graduate students with teaching responsibilities) are welcome to register.

The group will engage with new readings each month along with a continuous background reading throughout the academic year. For the 2020 – 2021 academic year, the primary reference text will be Advancing Social Justice: Tools, Pedagogies, and Strategies to Transform Your Campus by Tracey Davis and Laura M. Harrison, which the group will read excerpts from in addition to that month’s specific materials. Collectively, these sources will help guide the group through foundational theoretical and pedagogical frameworks and inclusive practices for integrating diversity, equity, and inclusion in the classroom.

Participants will commit to one 60-minute Friday session per month for the 2020 – 2021 academic year and the standard preparation for each session will average around one to two hours. Each month, participants will explore a topic with a couple of accompanying materials which could include chapters from Advancing Social Justice, articles, or videos.

Please register here by Friday, September 11th, 2020. If you have any questions, please contact Steven Edwards (Assistant Director, Diversity Resources, Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) at and Sara Nasrollahian Mojarad (Assistant Director, Office of Teaching, Learning, and Technology, Center for Teaching) at

For the 2020-2021 academic year, there are 50 spots available on a first come first serve basis. After completing the registration form, we will contact you to either confirm your participation in this group or to indicate that you have been placed on a waitlist. Should a spot open up during the semester, we will inform those on the waitlist in order of registration time. If at any point your interest or availability for this program changes, please let us know.

Social Justice Reading Group Dates for 2020 - 2021 Academic Year
Registration Deadline: Friday, September 11th, 2020
2020 - 2021 Meeting Dates:
Friday, March 26th 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM CST
Friday, April 30th 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM CST


Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Steven Edwards at