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Diversity Week 2021 Book Club: Medical Bondage: Book Club

Book Club Key Information

Date and time: April 27, 2021 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM


Registration is required:


Link to download book:

Reading the book is not required but is strongly encouraged!

Meet the Book Club Facilitators


Wing Kay Fok, MD, MS, FACOG

Dr. Wing Kay Fok is an obstetrician/gynecologist and subspecialist of Complex Family Planning. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Director of Family Planning at Weill Cornell New York Presbyterian. She serves as the ob/gyn department liaison to the Weill Cornell Diversity Council and is also a member of the 2020 Faculty Scholars in Health Equity.




Margaret Washington, PhD, MA

Margaret Washington is professor of history at Cornell University. Her publications include the award winning, “A Peculiar People: Slave Religion and Community Culture among the Gullahs; an edited and annotated publication of the Narrative of Sojourner Truth, and a biography entitled, Sojourner Truth’s America, which won the Letitia Woods Brown Award from the Association of Black Women Historians, the inaugural Darlene Clark Hine Award from the Organization of American Historians and was voted one of the year's ten outstanding academic books by Choice Magazine. She has been advisor and historical consultant for numerous documentary films, including “Africans in America,” “Unchained Memories: The Narratives of Former Slaves;” “This Far by Faith: A History of the Black Church;” “Wade in the Water: the Musical Legacy of Gullah Culture;” and “Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided.” Washington was featured the CNN series, “Race for the White House," and recently in “Tell Them We are Rising: The Story of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.” She is currently writing a book entitled, “‘Thine for the Oppressed’: Black and White Women Activists in the Age of Emancipation.” 

Download the E-Book here!

Book Club Guidelines

We ask Book Club attendees to respect the following guidelines to ensure a safe learning environment for all:


Vegas Rules - What’s said here, stays here. What’s learned here, leaves here. 
We respect and honor confidentiality. We understand that the lessons we learn are intended to positively impact our peers and institutional environment. 


Practice Self Focus and Speak from the “I”. 

We speak from our own experiences. We speak using “I” statements and do not speak for a whole group or express assumptions about the experience of others. 


Understand the Difference Between Intent & Impact. 
Try to understand and acknowledge impact. How our words are received can be different from your intent. Denying the impact of something said by focusing on intent is often more destructive than the initial interaction. We must accept the recipient’s response as valid when it is different from what was anticipated. Their reaction is their truth, and potential invitation for deeper understanding by both parties. 


Make Space, Take Space.  
All voices must be heard in order to ensure a fully inclusive experience. Take note of who is speaking and who is not. If you tend to speak often, consider “moving back” and vice versa. 

Adapted from: 
East Bay Meditation Center - Agreements for Multicultural Interactions at EBMC 
GLSEN - Guidelines for Respectful GSA Spaces 
KIPP Jacksonville Public School - Community Agreements for Leading for Racial Equity Sessions