Photo of a person holding a book open

Connect with others by participating in a virtual Books@Work program this fall

For those looking to connect with other faculty and staff at a time when many of us feel a bit disconnected, Books@Work is back with two groups this fall.

Books@Work’s facilitated conversations offer exploration of diverse perspectives and compel us to unlock ideas and reframe assumptions. As one participant stated at the end of the spring 2020 program: “Wellness is all about communication and connection with other people. Now that we’re all isolated, we really need a Books@Work kind of program to keep people connected.”

Starting Sept. 1, Books@Work will run two concurrent virtual programs. Each program will run 12 weeks and cover three separate books, two of which will be chosen by participants in collaboration with the CWRU faculty member facilitator. These hour-long lunchtime sessions provide the opportunity to learn about and reflect on topics such as: 

  • Racism and the societal structures that create/enforce it;
  • The difference between being alone and being lonely; and
  • Self-awareness and how others perceive us. 

Because space is very limited, participants must be able to attend at least 10 of the sessions to be placed on the roster. While 100% of spring 2020’s participants indicated they would participate in the program again (as well as recommend the program to a friend), preference will be given to individuals who have not yet participated in a Books@Work program.

To register, email Mary Ann Dobbins at When registering, be sure to include your preference for either Tuesdays from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. or Wednesdays from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in your email.

Learn more about Books@Work and the other Community Wellness Program offerings on the CWRU Wellness website.