Book and Learning Circles

Employee and Organization Development hosts book and learning circles throughout the year which are open to all Cal Poly employees. Book and learning circles are great opportunities to engage with colleagues in thoughtful discussion around common themes of interest.

Book Circles involve discussing a book over three sessions. Participants receive a complimentary copy of the selected book with the expectation that they will engage in all discussion sessions. Learning Circles involve watching a video or reading an article, and participating in a discussion during a single session. Please join us for one, or more, of these enriching conversations!

Registration opens June 6th

Educating Kids About Gender Norms [Learning Circle]

By Elvin Pedersen-Nielsen

The gender norms prevalent in today's society are often limited and don't take into account the full gender spectrum. In this TEDx Talk, Elvin Pedersen-Nielsen shares their view that "the most important thing to give kids is the opportunity to learn how to be critical towards the norms that will shape the rest of their lives." Join us as we explore Elvin's ideas for educating kids about gender norms and discuss ideas for putting this into action with the youth in our lives.

  • Facilitator: Lanaya Gaberel, Employee Organization Development
  • Time and Date: 11:00am – 12:00pm on June 29, 2022
  • Location: Zoom Meeting

Think Again [Learning Circle]

By Adam Grant

Organizational psychologist Adam Grant presents techniques to productively challenge our own views so that we can flourish as lifelong learners. This TED Talk, based on the book Think Again, offers “an invitation to let go of views that are no longer serving us well and prize mental flexibility, humility, and curiosity over foolish consistency.”

  • Facilitator: Jeff Williams, Employee and Organization Development
  • Time and Date: 11:00am—12:00pm on July 22, 2022
  • Location: Zoom Meeting

Melissa [Book Circle]

By Alex Gino

Many individuals are interested in strategies for engaging youth in learning and discussion around diversity. Join this unique book circle where we will read a young adult book and engage in discussion about the experiences of the characters and how we might use this and like books for introducing diverse topics to the youth in our lives. The story of Melissa follows the main character as she navigates becoming who she is to those around her. When people look at Melissa, they think they see a boy named George. But she knows she’s not a boy. She knows she’s a girl. Come together for an enriching discussion and exploration!

  • How to Access the Book: Upon registration close, a complimentary copy of this book will be provided to participants.
  • Facilitator: Lanaya Gaberel, Employee and Organization Development
  • Time and Date: 1:00—2:00pm on July 13, 20, 27
  • Location: Zoom Meeting

Atomic Habits [Book Circle]

By James Clear

In this book circle we will discuss key guidance from the bestselling book Atomic Habits by James Clear. The book provides practical, clear, and actionable strategies for creating systems that will help you break bad habits and develop lasting and resilient new ones. Use the advice from this book to jumpstart your own positive habit formation!

  • How to Access the Book: Upon registration close, a complimentary copy of this book will be provided to participants.
  • Facilitator: Jeff Williams, Employee Organization Development
  • Time and Date: 11:00am—12:00pm on 7/21, 7/28, and 8/4
  • Location: Zoom Meeting


The Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology (CTLT) also hosts book circles each quarter and you can learn more about their offerings by selecting “Book Circles” on their Programs and Services webpage at: https://ctlt.calpoly.edu/programs-services.