Social change through social exchange

Anti-Racism conversation kits for adults and families are now available for checkout at any branch of the Volusia County Public Library, made possible by a grant from Florida Humanities. The kits allow for participants to begin to talk openly about and share stories of racial inequities, in order to pull together as a community. For more information about the program visit any branch of the Volusia County Public Library.

Programming schedule

Virtual Book Discussions

  • Book discussion of “The Conversation” via VCPL's Chapter Chat on Goodreads.
    Oct 1, 2021-February 28, 2022 with Bethune-Cookman University professor Dr. Clarissa West-White and Volusia County Librarian Ray Lennard starting in October. There will be a video discussion of the book posted November 30, 2021.

  • Book discussion of “The Kindest Lie” via VCPL's Chapter Chat on Goodreads.
    Oct 1-December 31, 2021 with Volusia County Librarian Jamie Graveling.

Videos

  • “Oh the Things We’re For!” by Innosanto Nagara
    A reading by Volusia County Library Associate Sharlene Fagan.
  • Health Care Equity – October 28, 2021
    A conversation with Dr. Matilda Johnson from the Department of Public Health and Health Equity at Bethune-Cookman University speaking on health care disparities within communities of color.

    Dr. Matilda Johnson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health and Health Equity at B-CU.

  • “The Conversation” – November 30, 2021
    A conversation about “The Conversation” by Robert Livingston with Bethune-Cookman University professor Dr. Clarissa West-White.

    Dr. Clarissa West-White is a Reference Librarian/Instructor at Bethune-Cookman University, where she began as an Assistant Professor of English.

  • Housing Equity – December 1, 2021
    A conversation with Natalie Smith-Wells from Daytona Beach Housing Authority speaking on racial disparity in housing and how the DBHA is addressing the issue locally.

    Natalie Smith-Wells is the interim executive director of the DBHA and will speak on disparity in housing and programs that Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the DBHA have in place to assist.

  • Race and the Criminal Justice System – January 4, 2022
    A conversation with Dr. Kideste Yusef from the Department of Criminal Justice at Bethune-Cookman University speaking on race and the criminal justice system.

    Dr. Kideste Yusef is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and the Chair of the Department of Justice and Political Studies at B-CU, where she also serves as the Assistant Director of the B-CU Center for Law & Social Justice.

  • Public Education Equity – January 25, 2022
    A conversation with Dr. Headley White from the Department of Education at Bethune-Cookman University speaking on racial disparities in education.

    Dr. Headley White is an Associate Professor of Education in the College of Education at B-CU.

Full list of suggested titles for further reading


Funding for this program was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed on this website do not necessarily represent those of the Florida Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.