All-Faculty & Staff Summer Read: “The Person You Mean to Be: How Good People Fight Bias”

All Lawrenceville faculty and staff members are invited this summer to read “The Person You Mean to Be: How Good People Fight Bias” by Dolly Chugh. This book, selected by Lawrenceville’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Task Force and the Dean of Faculty’s Office, examines how individuals can confront difficult issues including sexism, racism, inequality, and injustice so that each, according to Chugh, “can make the world (and yourself) better.” Lawrenceville faculty and staff will gather throughout the year to discuss the issues raised by Chugh in her work.
Chugh, a social psychologist at the New York University Stern School of Business, outlines the surprising causes of inequality, grounded in what she calls the "psychology of good people." Using her research findings in unconscious bias as well as work across psychology, sociology, economics, political science, and other disciplines, she offers practical tools to respectfully and effectively talk politics with family, to be a better colleague to people who don’t look like you, and to avoid being a well-intentioned barrier to equality.
“The Person You Mean to Be” was lauded as one of The Greater Good Magazine’s “Favorite Books of 2018.” Morehouse College President David Thomas called the book a “must read,” stating, “Dolly Chugh has written the most important and actionable book on reducing bias that I have read. Using powerful and enduring findings from research on bias, she explains the reasons we fail to be the person we mean to be and provides prescriptions for managing the pitfalls of our humanness.” Social justice pioneer and tennis legend Billy Jean King said that Chugh “… helps us identify our ‘platform of privilege’ and guides us on how we can use this and other tools to create positive change. She encourages us to accentuate our strengths and to manage our weaknesses, and forces us to focus on being better and stronger in everything we do.”
The mission of Lawrenceville’s DEI Task Force is to assess the School’s diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts and to make recommendations aimed at increasing its overall diversity while building a more equitable sense of belonging among all community members.
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