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BMP Anti-racism Reading Club (ARC)

ARC Book ClubThe BMP Anti-racism Reading Club (ARC) is intended as a forum where members of the UMass Medical School community can educate themselves about systemic racism and other inequalities. This group is explicitly inclusive of all racial, gender, sexual, and socioeconomic identities and we will strive to make all our members feel welcome and supported.

We will generally meet on Tuesday at 9:30am and Wednesday at 6pm of the first full week of every month. If holidays or other events interfere, we will meet the second week of the month. Every month, everyone is free to choose which meeting best fits their schedule, skip a month if they don’t have time, or attend the discussion without having read the book.  

Everyone in BMP is welcome to attend either of these discussions. At the discussion, people will have the opportunity to share their thoughts and impressions on the book or ask questions. We hope we can dig into some of the issues raised in the book together. The discussion will be very informal and no one will be asked to speak or share if they do not want to.  

If you have not read the book but are interested in the discussion, you are welcome to attend! If you don’t feel comfortable commenting on the book but would like to listen, you are welcome to attend! 

Black Girl DangerousCURRENT:

For the month of October, our reading selection will be Black Girl Dangerous on Race, Queerness, Class and Gender by Mia McKenzie.

We will meet on Tuesday, October 12th, at 12PM.

*Copies of the current book are available to loan. Please reach out to Emma Sedivy to get a copy.

Zoom link for all book club sessions




Our selections for the months to follow will be:

November: Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

December: Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

January: Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo

February: The Privileged Poor by Anthony Abraham Jack


Previous Months Books

Copies of these books have been purchased by the BMP department and are available for members of our community to read any time, before or after discussions. Contact if you would like to borrow from our collection.