Summer 2020 Community Book Study

We are pleased to invite Stoughton Area School District high school students, staff, parents and community members to join us in this new Community Book Study Opportunity.

In the past year, the Stoughton Area School District has been engaged in a dialogue, discussion and actions related to equity. This effort has been in collaboration with the Dane County Equity Consortium (DCEC), an organization made up of all schools in Dane County including Lodi and Baraboo. To continue our shared work, the Stoughton Area School District, in partnership with the DCEC, invites educators, high school students, school board members, and community members to participate in a countywide book study of The White Racial Frame by Joe Feagin (2013). This new opportunity complements, yet does not replace our current work and commitment to equity in the school district.

What is The White Racial Frame about?

“In this revelatory book, Joe Feagin challenges the dominant ‘white frame’ that is so embedded in the white mind that we are barely conscious of its existence. His great achievement is precisely that-to make us conscious of the bevy of assumptions that have legitimated, rationalized, and shaped racial oppression. Like donning a new pair of glasses, we now see even quotidian manifestations of racism in relation to the vast web of historical and institutional forces that continue to reproduce racial inequalities. We are far from transcending race as a society, but we can liberate the mind, and readers will leave this book with a grasp of elemental truths.”

-Stephen Steinberg,
Urban Studies, CUNY: Queens College and Graduate Center

When and where is the book study?

Participants will be able to choose from two sections (Tuesday or Thursday) which will be held via Zoom weekly from 6:30 to 8 p.m. for six weeks. The book study will begin the week of July 6 and end the week of August 10.  Weekly readings will have assigned reflection prompts and journaling while reading will be strongly encouraged.

Registration and Books

If you are interested in participating in the White Racial Frame book study, please register here.  By registering, you will receive updates about the book study, including weekly meeting invitations over Zoom.

SASD has a limited number of books available for those who cannot get access to the book.  Please fill out this form to reserve a book for pickup.  Thank you to the Rotary Club of Stoughton for kindly donating funds to supply these copies.

Places to purchase the book include Amazon.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Keli Melcher ( or Kate Ahlgren (

Together we can change our community for the better.


Tim Onsager

Stoughton Area School District, Proud partner of the Dane County Equity Consortium (DCEC)


Dr. Tim Onsager
District Administrator
(608) 877-5002 

Cate Urbas
Executive Assistant to the District Administrator
(608) 877-5002 

Molly Shea
Community Information and Resource Coordinator
(608) 877-5020