Reading Circles

Reading Circles bring educators together for cross-disciplinary conversation to build knowledge, community and collaboration.

Bandwidth Recovery: Helping Students Reclaim Cognitive Resources Lost to Poverty, Racism and Social Marginalization

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To bring UofL faculty and staff together to deepen our awareness of the realities of socially marginalized and non-majority students and to acquire relevant strategies to promote the growth mind-set and self-efficacy of these students. This program supports the UofL’s Cardinal Anti-Racism Agenda.


Faculty and staff at all levels interested in the topic. This reading circle is limited to eight participants.


Patty Payette, Ph.D., executive director of UofL’s QEP, Find Your Fit

Tina Johnson, MSSW, MPA, MA, faculty member, Kent School of Social Work

Meeting Dates:

Reading Circle sessions take place monthly on the following dates, 12 – 1 p.m. via Microsoft Teams (a meeting link will be sent to registrants prior to the first session).

  • Tuesday, September 28
  • Tuesday, October 26
  • Tuesday, November 30


Join us as we read Bandwidth Recovery: Helping Students Reclaim Cognitive Resources Lost to Poverty, Racism and Social Marginalization by educator and higher education administrator Cia Verschelden, Ed.D.

Bandwidth Recovery is a book for higher education faculty and professionals about the effects of poverty, racism and other social-psychological underminers—stereotype threat, belonginess, uncertainty, homophobia, for instance—on the mental bandwidth of college students. The book shows readers how to create environments in which our students can regain bandwidth so they can learn and be academically successful. Reading and discussing this book together allows us to build capacity for this work in our classrooms and our campus and supports the Cardinal Anti-Racism Agenda.

Our group will meet three times for online discussion over the course of the fall semester, reading one section (approximately 25-50 pages per section) of the book prior to each discussion/meeting. A hard copy of the book will be provided in advance to all participants.

Some of the questions we will examine include:

  • What are the life situations that can deplete the cognitive resources of our non-minority, socially marginalized, lower income students?
  • How do we help these students, with our behaviors and decisions in and outside the classroom, to replenish cognitive resources in order to help them thrive and reach their potential?
  • Where do we see opportunities to build community and a sense of belonging in our everyday work and across our campus?

This Reading Circle is now FULL for fall 2021.

If you are interested in being placed on a waiting list/interest list for future offerings of Reading Circles on this book (and other books), please take a moment to complete this form.

Interested in learning more about Bandwidth Recovery and implications for educators? Interested in the topic but cannot join us for the Reading Circle?

Check out these online modules by UofL’s Dr. Jerry Rabalais, associate vice president for Health Sciences Center Faculty Development:

Bandwidth for Learning Part 1: The Impact of Scarcity

Bandwidth for Learning Part 2: Recovering Bandwidth


For more information about the Reading Circle, please contact Dr. Patty Payette at or 502-852-5171.

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