Whatcha Reading, Joy L Wiggins?

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Joy L Wiggins is a Bellingham-based speaker, writer, scholar, and faciliator who promotes racial and gender justice. She is the co-author, with Kami J Anderson, of From Sabotage to Support: A New Vision for Feminist Solidarity in the Workplace. Dr. Wiggins will be appearing this Monday, July 29th at 7pm, at the Elliott Bay Book Company to talk about her book. Anybody interested in learing about their internal biases, and how biases in the workplace lead to unwitting sabotage between white women, black women, and women of color, will no doubt find this talk fascinating and informative.

What are you reading now?

I am currently reading, Dissident Friendships: Feminism, Imperialism, and Transnational Solidarity by Elora Chowdhury (Editor), Liz Philipose (Editor).

What did you read last?

I am usually in and out of books, so I would say I read many simultaneously. It's rare that I actually read one from start to finish. So I am usually reading several at a time, but I always tend to go back and forth between Pema Chodron's Taking the Leap: Freeing ourselves from Old Habits and Fears, Ijeoma Oluo's So You Want to Talk About Race , and various children's books and educational texts for my classes at Western. I teach the Culture, Equity and Advocacy class in the Education department so I am constantly finding new texts and resources to incorporate.

What are you reading next?

I will be reading more about indigenous women with Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz's book, An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States and more reports from the American Association of University Women Annual report on the Gender Wage Gap.