Cultural, racial, ethnic and societal issues will be topics of discussion at the new Diversity Book Club beginning this week. Sandra Moore, chief diversity officer and adviser to President Michael Benson, started the club, which was sponsored by the diversity office. The club will meet from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month in the faculty lounge of the Keen Johnson Building.

The diversity office will distribute a new book each month free of charge to group members, who will have one month to read it. The books will focus on diversity issues, often coinciding with the monthly themes, such as Latino and Hispanic awareness, people with disabilities and women’s history.

“The diversity book club will be a great way for individuals to make real-world connections to diversity in our daily lives,” said Shana Goggins, a graduate assistant for Sandra Moore.

Refreshments will be offered at each month’s casual meeting, Goggins said. Participants will be encouraged to express themselves freely about the reading.

The House on Mango Street will be the first book coinciding with the September awareness topic of Latino and Hispanic Culture.

Goggins said the club will be flexible for its members.

“We understand that people have busy schedules, so it will not be required that you participate in every session,” Goggins said. “We are open to adding more topics to our list, and we hope that other areas on campus will join us in the future.” For more information about the club, visit