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San Domenico School News & Events

2019 Community Read: Waking Up White by Betty Irving

At the end of the 2018-19 school year, we invited everyone to join us in our first, All School Community Read: Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving.

SD's Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Kali Baird, invites you to join us for our first book discussion and listening session! There will be both an evening and a morning session to best accommodate schedules. 

  • EVENING: Thursday, September 19, from 6:30 - 8:00 pm in Dominican Hall.
  • MORNING: Friday, September 20, from 8:30 - 10:00 am in Dominican Hall OR Mercedes - dependent upon RSVPs.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP HERE. Note that we will be looking at and responding to the Introduction and the questions for chapters 1, 2, 6, and 8.


Have you been hearing more about race related stories in the news? Do you talk about race at home? Have you ever wondered, “What’s the big deal?” In my new role as Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, I support the many facets of diversity here at SD. One of the first things that I am very excited to announce is our First Annual Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Community Read focusing on understanding and unpacking race in the United States. The book selection for this summer is Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving.

“Waking Up White is the book Irving wishes someone had handed her decades ago. By sharing her sometimes cringe-worthy struggle to understand racism and racial tensions, she offers a fresh perspective on bias, stereotypes, manners, and tolerance. As Irving unpacks her own long-held beliefs about color blindness, being a good person, and wanting to help people of color, she reveals how each of these well-intentioned mindsets actually perpetuated her ill-conceived ideas about race.” - Goodreads

Thank you for being a part of this important conversation.

Questions? Please contact Kali Baird, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at