Indiana University Northwest
One Book...One Campus...One Community

One Book...One Campus...One Community

Oen Book

One Book…One Campus…One Community Program

Indiana University Northwest’s One Book…One Campus…One Community reading initiative has expanded through a collaboration with the Ivy Tech Community College North Central Region.

All Northern Indiana campuses, as well as surrounding communities, will reflect upon the themes and learning points found in The House of Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros during the 2013 – 2014 academic year.

About the Book

The highly acclaimed book, written as a series of vignettes, is the story of a young girl, Esperanza Cordero, growing up in a primarily Latino neighborhood of Chicago.

Cordero’s neighborhood is one of hard realities, and as a result, she has a desire to move beyond her roots. She does not want to belong to her rundown neighborhood, nor to the low expectations that seem to be destined for her.

According to the author, Cordero’s story is that of a young girl coming into her power, and inventing for herself what she eventually becomes.

Major themes of the book include Cordero’s quest for a better life, and a vow that after she leaves she will return to help the people she has left behind.

Crystal Shannon's Reflection on the Book

Community Partners

The One Book...One Campus...One Community reading initiative could not be a success without the support of many generous community partners. In addition to the collaboration with Ivy Tech Community College North Central Region, we have much gratitude for the support of:


Rochelle Brock, Ph.D.
(219) 980-6889

Crystal Shannon, Ph.D.
(219) 980-6961