March 15, 2021 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Marran Dodds, Director at Large

Our Learning Allyship & Solidarity Book Club is officially up and running!

What is the purpose of the club?

The world is going through some big and necessary changes right now. There is no better time than right now for us all, especially us white & non-BIPOC folks, to look inwards and educate ourselves about racism and white supremacy in our communities.

We thought it would be salient to have a book club that engages with and focuses on novels written by individuals who are knowledgeable about race, class, and other forms of institutionalized oppression that overwhelmingly affect BIPOC communities.

What books are we reading?


All the books we will read are available in paperback, audiobook, and e-book. Here are the books we read and discussed so far:

Me and White Supremacy– Layla F. Saad

How To Be An Anti-RacistIbram X. Kendi

Braiding Sweetgrass Robin Wall Kimmerer​

The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North AmericaThomas King 

We are reading NOW:

Freedom is a Constant Struggle  by Angela Davis


Other books on our list:

Girl, Woman, Other –  Bernardine Evaristo

The Hate U GiveAngie Thomas

And more…

When will we meet?

The Learning Allyship & Solidarity Book Club will meet once per month over Zoom! Our next meeting will be on March 15th, 2021 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.

After we read our book each month, we’re going to have a guided conversation that focuses on learning and unlearning internal biases as they relate to race, white supremacy, and how we view the world today.

How can I get involved?

 This is the easy part: contact Marran Dodds at events@uvss.ca



To be a part of the book club and our monthly discussions, it’s up to you to source the book yourself; however, if folks cannot afford the books we’ll be reading, the UVSS is happy to provide you a copy. We have a limited amount of each novel.

Additionally, the conversations we’ll be having monthly are undoubtedly going to be overwhelming, emotional, and at times, make you question many truths about yourself, and the way you view the world. UVSS Events is partnering with the Peer Support Centre to ensure that someone trained will sit in on our conversations to make folks feel safe. Resources for further help will also be provided.


We are so excited to start having these conversations together.