Office Of Diversity Launches Book Club To Elevate Dialogue About Issues of Difference

“Bringing the community together around diverse subject matter provides the opportunity for open and honest dialogue about issues of difference and the of commonalities that ultimately bind us together,” says Kenya Messer, Associate Vice Provost for the Office of Diversity. Which is why Office of Diversity is launching an book club for students, faculty and staff.

Research shows that the more contact that students have with faculty in both formal and informal settings, the more likely they will persist and graduate. The Office of Diversity’s book club provides an additional structured opportunity for that contact to happen.

 The first book selection is “Nine Lives: Mystery, Magic, Death, and Life in New Orleans by author Dan Baum.  We will be meeting on March 28, 2015 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the LSU Women’s Center for a moderated group discussion with Dr. Rovaris and several of the individuals profiled in the book, including Joann Guidos whose story is told in the book. To join, simply purchase your book or visit the library to obtain a copy, RSVP to to confirm your participation and join us on March 28th for what is sure to be an insightful and inspiring conversation.  “Our hope is that we can introduce one new reading per semester to continue dialogue around this important topic,” says Messer.