DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION BOOK DISCUSSION
The Crook County Foundation's (CCF) Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee is excited to form a new quarterly Book Discussion group. Learn more about the program below and let us know if you have any ideas for books or participation.
The discussion groups are free to participate in and those who preregister will be provided a free paperback of the selected book by CCF (however, you are welcome to access the book in another way at your own expense). The first book that we will explore is The Minority Experience by Adrian Pei.
We are asking anyone who is interested in participating to fill out this short registration, due by February 24th. Books will be available for curb-side pick up through our friends at the Crook County Library (once you register, we will send you details on this).
As a shorter book (approx 180 pages), we will be encouraging participants to have the book wrapped up by the end of March. During your reading experience, we hope that you will engage in discussion on our Facebook group page and participate when possible in our virtual Zoom meetups.
There are no rules on how fast you read the book, or how often you participate in our group discussions. The goal is to welcome local residents to simultaneously read a book that will expand your thinking, allow you a safe place to discuss your reactions, and provide opportunity to share personal experiences and insights - all contributing to shared learning.
It's hard to be in the minority. If you're the only person from your ethnic or cultural background in your organization or team, you probably know what it's like to be misunderstood or marginalized. You might find yourself inadvertently overlooked or actively silenced. Even when a work environment is not blatantly racist or hostile, people of color often struggle to thrive―and may end up leaving the organization. Being a minority is not just about numbers. It's about understanding pain, power, and the impact of the past. Organizational consultant Adrian Pei describes key challenges ethnic minorities face in majority-culture organizations. He unpacks how historical forces shape contemporary realities, and what both minority and majority cultures need to know in order to work together fruitfully. If you're a cultural minority working in a majority culture organization, or if you're a majority culture supervisor of people from other backgrounds, learn the dynamics at work. And be encouraged that you can help make things better so that all can flourish.