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Boys Hope Girls Hope Network Book Club

Boys Hope Girls Hope Launches A Network Book Club!

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Boys Hope Girls Hope Network Book Club

Affiliate board members, Janis van Meerveld, New Orleans and Deborah Perkins, Northeastern Ohio, are initiating the launch of a Boys Hope Girls Hope Book Club with the support of the Network Headquarters team.  This will be open to all team members, board members, volunteers, scholars, collegians and alumni.

The first book discussed will be “Caste” by Isabel Wilkerson.  Interested members of the Boys Hope Girls Hope community who would like to participate should fill out the interest form.

The dates for the discussions are:

  • Thursday, July 22nd 6:30pm CT
  • Thursday, Aug 12th 6:30-8pm CT
  • Thursday, Sept 2nd 6:30-8pm CT.

The inability to obtain the book should not be a barrier for anyone.  The Boys Hope Girls Hope team will work with those who need a book, and if you are able to donate an additional copy for someone who needs it, please indicate that on the form.  Thank you!

The book club will be facilitated by  Leslie Doyle, Ed.D.  Leslie is Rockhurst University’s inaugural chief inclusion officer.


In this position, Doyle leads the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, a newly created office charged with driving strategic efforts to make Rockhurst a home for all. Doyle earned a Bachelor of Science at Northwest Missouri State University, a Master of Science in higher education at the University of Kansas, Master of Management in business and leadership at Fontbonne University, and Doctor of Education in higher education leadership at Maryville University.

She began her career at the University of Kansas (KU) in 1997 in housing. Dr. Doyle served as a Hall Director and as Program Coordinator for the most diverse residence hall on campus. Dr. Doyle served in this capacity until she resigned from KU to join Nebraska Wesleyan University in 1999.

Dr. Leslie Doyle joined Nebraska Wesleyan University in October 1999 as the Multicultural Student Coordinator leading programming efforts around diversity and inclusion and advising multicultural student groups. In 2005, she left this post to join Fontbonne University as the director of multicultural affairs.

She progressively gained more responsibilities and, in 2008, was promoted to the director of service, diversity and social justice, overseeing community service and diversity and inclusion efforts. Following the death of Mike Brown in St. Louis in 2014, Dr. Doyle began leading strategic diversity, and inclusion efforts for Fontbonne University, including chairing an academic initiative focused on Civil Rights called the Dedicated Semester and being appointed by the university president to chair the Standing Committee on Diversity and Inclusion.

In April 2019, Dr. Doyle became the inaugural Chief Inclusion Officer at Rockhurst University. As Chief Inclusion Officer, Dr. Doyle oversees the office of diversity, equity and inclusion, bringing almost two decades of experience in higher education to the job.

Outside of higher education, Dr. Doyle has served as a consultant and speaker to various organizations focusing on equity. Dr. Doyle’s work spans multiple industries from healthcare, business, and non-for-profits.