UPMC Health Plan Diversity & Inclusion Council Launches Diversity Book Drive

Partnership With Literacy Organization Puts Books into Hands of Local Children

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Working with four regional literacy organizations across Pennsylvania, the UPMC Health Plan Diversity and Inclusion Council today invited community members to join the Council’s diversity book drive to provide community literacy organizations with increased access to diverse and inclusive literature.

“UPMC Health Plan recognizes that communities that support diversity and inclusion are healthy communities – and we invite interested individuals to join us in our drive to expand diverse reading resources for local children,” said K. Gibbons, Diversity & Inclusion Book Drive Project Lead, UPMC Health Plan. “Diversity in literature introduces children of all ages to a world beyond their neighborhood, and representation in literature helps children feel recognized and validated.”

“As a literacy organization, we believe one of the most impactful ways we can help advance racial justice is through the narratives we shine a light on. Our partnership with UPMC Health Plan will help support our ongoing effort to promote racial equity. Our aim is to highlight books that strengthen children’s voices, help them develop positive racial identities, and elevate their thinking about the great, wide world of possibilities open to them,” said Florri Ladov, Executive Director, Reading Is Fundamental Pittsburgh.

Books will be available for purchase via Amazon gift lists and are specific to the needs and recommendations of each organization. Regionally suggested books to contribute are listed below by each regional partner.

The book drive will run until December 1, 2022, and local organizations will distribute the books to the children they serve.

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