Health sciences common book

Join all Health Sciences students in reading this year’s common book, engage in discussion about how to counter racial injustice, now and in your future professional practice.

Each year, the Health Sciences Service Learning & Advocacy Committee selects a Common Book that serves as a platform for students from across health professions to learn together on topics of common importance. Throughout the school year students have the opportunity to participate in a series of lectures, interactive discussions, advocacy efforts, and seminars focused on the major topic(s) of the book.

In this year’s common book, So you want to talk about race, Editor at Large of The Establishment Ijeoma Oluo offers a contemporary, accessible take on the racial landscape in America, addressing head-on such issues as privilege, police brutality, intersectionality, micro-aggressions, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the “N” word. Perfectly positioned to bridge the gap between people of color and white Americans struggling with race complexities, Oluo answers the questions readers don’t dare ask, and explains the concepts that continue to elude everyday Americans. –From

Common Book Events

Author Visit to UW Health Sciences Campus

Ijeoma Oluo will be visiting the UW Health Sciences Campus on October 18, 2019.  

A Conversation with Students, 10am-11am, Foege Auditorium

Public Presentation, 11:30am-1:20pm, Hogness Auditorium

Race, Racism & Public Health a Roundtable Discussion, 3:30pm-5pm, Hogness Auditorium 

Weekly Book Club for Health Sciences Students, Faculty and Staff

Please join Dr. Victoria Gardner, for weekly discussions about the book.  These sessions are drop-in and you are welcome to attend one or all! They will be held Wednesdays at noon in HSB F348, starting October 2, 2019. For more information, please contact Dr. Victoria Gardner:

About the Author

Ijeoma Oluo is a writer and speaker whose work on race has been featured in The Guardian, New York magazine, xoJane, Jezebel, and more. She is also an editor-at-large at The Establishment, and Seattle magazine named her “one of the most influential people” in Seattle. –From

Copies of the book are available on reserve through the Health Sciences Library, or you can purchase from your favorite bookseller. Students who have financial hardship, please contact Leonora Clarke (