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Greater Green Bay Community Book Read 2020

Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving

About this guide

This guide will provide you with information about and further resources on Debby Irving's Waking Up White & Finding Myself in the Story of Race. In addition, you will find information on the book discussion events and resources associated with this book. Use the navigation menu to explore further topics and resources.

If you need help with library search tools and resources, just click on the Research Help tab to get in touch with a librarian. For questions regarding the Greater Green Bay Community Book Read, contact UWGB's Diversity Director, Mai Lo Lee

Final Book Discussion Postponed

Our final book discussion event scheduled for Thursday, April 26th has been postponed. As we take measures to practice social distancing during this time, we may be rescheduling for an online format. More information to come. We will update this page and our Facebook page with more information once we are able to reschedule this event. Stay healthy, everyone! 

About the Book

"For twenty-five years, Debby Irving sensed inexplicable racial tensions in her personal and professional relationships. As a colleague and neighbor, she worried about offending people she dearly wanted to befriend. As an arts administrator, she didn't understand why her diversity efforts lacked traction. As a teacher, she found her best efforts to reach out to students and families of color left her wondering what she was missing. Then in 2009, one 'aha!' moment launched an adventure of discovery and insight that drastically shifted her worldview and upended her life plan" (Cover copy).  

Get a free copy of the book through the MESA office

The MESA office does have copies available for UWGB affiliates. Please see link below.


Request a copy through the library

If you are a student, staff, or faculty member at UWGB, you are able to request a copy through UW-Green Bay Libraries. For community patrons, check your local public library for a copy or request a copy through your public library's inter-library loan service. 

Works Cited

Cover copy. Waking Up White: Finding Myself in the Story of Race,by Debby Irving, Elephant Room Press, 2014.