On Wednesday afternoon, Much hosted a book fair to celebrate Pride Month. Semicolon Bookstore and Gallery, a friend of the firm, curated and provided over 100 books that were either written by LGBTQ+ authors or dealt with LGBTQ+ subject matter. Employees visited the Much Hub throughout the afternoon to browse the books and talk to the Semicolon team about the curation, and the majority of employees picked a book to take home.
The organization of the book fair was led by Much’s Culture and Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) Specialist, Courtenay Joseph, as a varied form of educational programming for the firm.
“We can’t have conversations about Pride Month and DEI by doing the same things we do every day, said Joseph. “We’re so used to showing up in conference rooms for meetings, but the book fair allowed us to change up the way we interact when discussing this topic. Putting a safe space in the office for people to have a conversation about Pride Month was a fresh and important experience for our employees to have.”
Semicolon Bookstore and Gallery is a black-owned, women-owned Chicago business that collects and highly curates books on topics such as LGBTQ+ rights and Black history. They also frequently donate to Chicago Public Schools and underprivileged children in the city. Learn more about Semicolon.