History of the Program
In the summer of 2012 members of the IU Northwest Council, as part of the Council’s Campus Conversation on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, read The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates. The book was discussed by council members throughout the summer, a process that culminated in a facilitated discussion on diversity as it relates to the campus community. It was decided to extend the book discussion to the larger campus and include the Gary community, with the goal of implementing the reading program in the spring of 2013.
The One Book…One Campus…One Community reading program is intended to build an intellectual and social rapport among students, staff, faculty and community members through the collective experience of reading, thinking about, and discussing challenging ideas and themes that raise important social issues, especially those surrounding issues of diversity. A common book is chosen to enrich perspectives and to invite conversations from across different fields of interest.
The One Book…One Campus…One Community program is guided by a Planning Committee comprised of representatives from IU Northwest, the Gary Community School Corporation, and the City of Gary.
The goals of the One Book…One Campus…One Community program are to:
- Create awareness of and ongoing dialogue about diversity issues.
- Facilitate a shared learning experience for students faculty, staff and the community.
- Emphasize reading as a significant component of a well-rounded education and existence.
- Provide opportunities for faculty, staff, and students to explore and discuss relevant social justice issues.
- Increase the level of awareness among participants about social inequality.
- Encourage participants to use the knowledge they gain to work personally and professionally for positive social change.
- Create an opportunity for the residents of Gary to share in an aesthetic and intellectually satisfying experience with IU Northwest students, faculty and staff through the discussion and analysis of quality literature.
- Promote positive interactions between Gary residents and the IU Northwest community.
Book Selection Criteria
The criteria for a book selection is:
- A work that addresses diversity issues.
- A reading complexity appropriate for college students and community members.
- Relevant themes and issues suitable to group discussion and analysis.
- A topic of relevance and appeal to both young adults and the general community.
- A subject that lends itself to community-university programming and special activities.