Book Discussion Facilitators

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Facilitated online book discussions Explore anti-racism with a local social justice leader (limited availability through March 31, 2021).

Program made possible by a generous grant from the Equity Fund of the Whatcom Community Foundation

Explore Anti-Racism

Local anti-racism leaders are available to join virtual book group discussions. Readers will have a safe space to discuss social justice themes in Washington Black and to explore how they connect with issues in our community. We acknowledge that these kinds of conversations have been needed for a long time, that they are imperative at this time, and that we have much to learn in building meaningful diverse community relationships. These facilitated conversations are a place to start.


Meet the Facilitators


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Masa DeLara (she/her)

Masa DeLara is an educator, facilitator and consultant in the areas of DEI and cultural humility. She is an Advisory Board member for the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center and has a deep commitment to equity, inclusion, and racial and social justice.


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Damani Johnson (he/him)

Dr. Vernon Damani Johnson is a faculty member in the Department of Political Science at Western Washington University. His research interests include the politics of development, African politics, and race and public policy. Dr. Johnson helped to establish the Whatcom Human Rights Task Force. He is the director of the Ralph Munro Institute for Civic Education and serves on the Bellingham Public Library Board of Trustees.


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Shu-Ling Zhao (she/her)

Shu-Ling Zhao is an artist and co-founder of Sylvia Center for the Arts. Working with the Chuckanut Health Foundation, she is collaborating with local government to found the Whatcom County Racial Equity Commission.


Request a Facilitator

    Please enter the date and time of the Book Club meeting you would like a facilitator to attend. We are currently taking requests through March 31, 2021.