Between the Lines: A Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Book Club

Brave Conversations About Books That Matter

Between the Lines is a book club hosted by the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion that picks literature that will spark engaging, insightful and necessary conversations surrounding social justice.

Participants will have the option to pick any of the group meeting dates. The first meeting will be introductions and introducing the book. 

Summer 2022

“The Meaning of Matthew” by Judy Shepard

Today the name Matthew Shepard is synonymous with gay rights, but until 1998, he was just Judy Shepard’s son. In this remarkably candid memoir, Judy Shepard shares the story behind the headlines. Interweaving memories of Matthew and her family with the challenges of confronting her son’s death, Judy describes how she handled the crippling loss of her child in the public eye, the vigils and protests held by strangers in her son’s name, and ultimately how she and her husband gained the courage to help prosecutors convict her son's murderers.

"The Meaning of Matthew" is more than a retelling of horrific injustice that brought the reality of inequality and homophobia into the American consciousness. It is an unforgettable and inspiring account of how one ordinary woman turned an unthinkable tragedy into a vital message for the world.

  • Group 1: Tuesdays - June 7, June 28, July 19 | 12 - 1 p.m. | Elkhorn Campus Library
  • Group 2: Tuesdays - June 7, June 28, July 19 | 12 - 1 p.m. | Kenosha Campus Library
  • Group 3: Tuesdays - June 7, June 28, July 19 | 12 - 1 p.m. | Racine Campus Library
  • Group 4: Wednesdays - June 8, June 29, July 20 | 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. | Join via Zoom

Register by May 22

Questions? Please contact Lindsey Kosman at or Trina Muscarella at