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Virtual Learning Community

Virtual Learning Community Book Group

Participants will meet virtually 6 times as a group to recognize challenges and develop tools for more thoughtful interactions across difference and understand how our attempts at finding connections can be improved with greater awareness and skill development. The same book is offered at different dates and times. Participants are only able to register for one group. Register now for a virtual learning community book group.

Discussion Guides

"What If I Say The Wrong Thing?" is a highly rated, short, easily digestible handbook of thought-provoking tips on how to be, and how to help others become, more culturally effective.  Author Vernā Myers explores the pitfalls of engaging across difference and offers solutions in powerful but accessible ways. 

Meet The Leads

VLC Book Group leads convene each session prior to small group discussion and close each session with a larger group reflection.

Sneha Veeragoudar

Group 1 Facilitator

Kaylin Padovano

Universitywide/Central Administration

Diversity Education and Outreach Lead | Facilitator 2

Universitywide/Central Administration

What are the benefits of joining a virtual learning community?

92%

of participants surveyed report that they have a greater respect for people who are different from them as well as reporting a greater sense of community with Rutgers colleagues

80%

of participants stated that they are more confident in leading conversations with a diverse group of peers

72%

report feeling less stress when interacting with people different from themselves as a result of participating in the VLC