7 Must-Read Books For Your 2024 DEI Book Club

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Over the years, we’ve shared many lists of DEI-related books for those ready to deepen their understanding of equity and justice work, expand their knowledge about identity, privilege, and power, and develop practices that will create more equitable and inclusive workplaces. This year, we’re back with seven noteworthy books we encourage you to explore solo or with co-workers!

  1. A People’s History of the United States: 1492- Present by Howard Zinn 

This is the American history book we wish we’d read in high school. We’re recommending this classic now because there’s been a seachange in understanding what American history looks like, largely thanks to the explosion of social media. Critical thinking of our past requires more context, and Zinn offers just that. Zinn’s book is a groundbreaking historical narrative that challenges traditional perspectives by focusing on the experiences of marginalized groups throughout American history. Zinn provides an alternative lens, shedding light on the struggles of indigenous peoples, enslaved Africans, women, and other disenfranchised communities, offering a comprehensive and critical analysis of the country’s past. 

  1. Reconstructing DEI: A Practitioner’s Workbook by Lily Zheng

Last year, we featured Lily Zheng’s book, DEI Deconstructed, and now they’ve published an excellent workbook to help address the challenges and complexities of implementing effective DEI initiatives. The book provides tools, case studies, and actionable strategies to foster more inclusive workplaces. Bonus: Lily has been doing live, impactful mini-workshops on their LinkedIn page.  

  1. Breaking the Rainbow Ceiling by Layla McCay

McCay’s book explores the experiences of LGBTQ+ professionals in the workplace. McCay delves into the challenges individuals face within the LGBTQ+ community and offers insights on how organizations can create more inclusive environments. The book combines personal narratives with research to advocate for diversity and equality in the workplace. If you’re interested in learning more about the author or the book, here’s a short read featuring Layla McCay’s thoughts on the importance of this book. 

  1. Reimagine Inclusion: Debunking 13 Myths to Transform Your Workplace by Mita Mallick 

This year, our CEOs enjoyed chatting with Mita Mallick on our podcast. Their conversation beautifully explains some of the ideas highlighted in this book. Mallick’s book challenges common misconceptions about inclusion in the workplace. Mallick also critically examines 13 myths that hinder progress and offers practical solutions for creating truly inclusive workplaces. The book encourages readers to reevaluate their understanding of inclusion and take meaningful steps toward positive change.

  1. White Women: Everything You Already Know About Your Own Racism and How to Do Better by Regina Jackson and Sara Rao

This book is a guide that addresses the role of white women in perpetuating racism. The authors explore how white women can confront their own biases and actively work towards dismantling systemic racism. The book combines self-reflection, research, and practical advice to empower white women to be allies in the fight against racial injustice.

  1. An Other World: The Fight for Freedom, Joy and Belonging by Hanif Fazal

As a father of color and with experience working with low-income communities of color for nearly 30 years, Fazal explores the intersections of identity, social justice, and individual and collective well-being among Black and Brown people. Part social commentary, part memoir, and a call to action, Fazal draws on his personal and professional experiences to offer a vision of a world where freedom, joy, and belonging are central to collective liberation. The book encourages readers to reimagine a more just and inclusive world.

  1. Workplace NeuroDiversity Rising by Lyric Rivera 

In Workplace NeuroDiveristy Rising, Rivera discusses the importance of neurodiversity in the workplace. As someone who identifies as autistic, Rivera explores the unique strengths and challenges of neurodivergent people, advocating for more inclusive hiring practices and workplace environments. The book provides practical insights and strategies for organizations to embrace neurodiversity and create environments where all employees can thrive.