Join our inaugural celebration of the power of the written word to inspire, provoke and empower.

What Is RoosRead?

Not just a book club or study group — RoosRead is a call to action.

This new intercampus initiative, launched by the Office of the Chancellor and facilitated by the Division of Diversity and Inclusion, encourages you to read a recommended title that showcases a distinctive voice, perspective or theme and engage in discussions intended to generate action toward change.

Students, faculty, staff, as well as alumni, friends and community members are welcome to participate in this collective learning experience.

RoosRead Kickoff Event

Fall 2023 RoosRead Book

We're pleased to announce the first RoosRead recommended title, "I Never Thought Of It That WayHow to Have Fearlessly Curious Conversations in Dangerously Divided Times," by Mónica Guzmán.

From the publisher 

"If you’re ready to fight back against the confusion, heartbreak and madness of our dangerously divided times — in your own life, at least — Mónica’s got the tools and fresh, surprising insights to prove that seeing where people are coming from isn’t just possible — it’s easier than you think."

Author Event

When: Thursday, October 12

Where: Pierson Auditorium

What time: Doors open at 5 p.m. Author talk begins at 5:30 p.m.

Space is limited. You must register to attend this event. 

Registration for the author event opens Friday, September 8. Register Here

Virtual Discussion Groups

There will be several online discussions throughout the academic year, starting October 10, 2023. You must sign up to participate. You are not required to read the book before attending the author talk or participating in the virtual discussions.

Registration for the discussion groups begins August 31.

Tuesday Discussion Registration Link

Wednesday Discussion Registration Link

Friday Discussion Registration Link

Questions About RoosRead? 

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Where Can I Get the Book?

You can buy the book from one of several retailers or check it out from a local library, subject to availability. There will also be signed copies available at the author event.

There are a few print copies and e-book licenses at the UMKC library. Additionally, local public libraries have copies of the book to loan, subject to availability.