We recognize the lack of representation and awareness of diversity in the media and education system. Students in our community and around the world struggle to empathize with, understand, and respect people who are different from them, whether it be in race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, ability, or more. Students additionally struggle to express themselves as well as discover and accept their self-identities when surrounded by dissimilar people.
Our audiences are students ages eight through eighteen as well as students and adults in diverse communities who are interested in expanding their cultural knowledge.
Our mission is to highlight and promote books with representation and diversity. Our website features book clubs, book recommendations, and blogs. We have two main book clubs—one for middle grade readers (ages eight to thirteen) and one for young adult readers (ages fourteen to eighteen). Book recommendations and reviews can be found, too. We will host in-person and virtual discussion groups in our community, and we encourage other communities to create their own discussion groups. We will utilize social media to promote diversity in the media and inspire change in communities.
We hope that our audience will gain awareness of diverse books; motivation to read more; understanding, respect, and empathy for others; knowledge in building meaningful relationships; confidence in expressing oneself; and a better sense of self-identity. We wish to diminish discrimination in our community and globally.
Esha is a student at Yale University and a proud Houstonian. At a young age, she fell in love with reading and writing. Her passion for public speaking and advocacy developed through Girl Scouts. Over the years, she gained knowledge and experience in helping her community through various service projects. However, the project she loved most was building a Little Free Library for a local elementary school with her troop. Esha realized that she could impact a larger community of students through her Girl Scouts Gold Award, and thus, the idea of a Diverse Book Club was created.
Esha loves iced coffee, fantasy novels, and visual arts. She also enjoys programming, traveling the world, spending time with her family, and making a difference in her community.