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As part of an ongoing effort to encourage diversity awareness within the NIC community, the 2014/16 academic year will be dedicated to addressing socioeconomic inequality through the theme: The Reality of Poverty, An Exploration of Socioeconomic Diversity.

The Reality of Poverty: An Exploration of Socioeconomic Diversity

Poverty, which leads to social inequality, is an issue related to diversity. Creating a campus wide theme to provide education concerning the structural causes of poverty promotes an understanding of diverse populations. The NIC student population and larger community of North Idaho experience poverty at concerning levels. Those experiencing poverty face multiple disadvantages which ultimately impact their life chances, particularly their ability to be successful in college. The poor in our society generally face marginalization as the causes of poverty are misunderstood. The outcome is that social inequality increases and communities become more polarized and disengaged.


The common theme for 2016/2018 is Exploring Racial and Ethnic Diversity

The Ad Hoc Common Read Committee is happy to announce the selection of the new common read for the 2016-2018 academic year: Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson. Just Mercy is the common read at roughly 19 colleges and universities including WSU this year. For more information, contact Maureen Steinel, mesteinel@nic.edu or Holly Edwards, hcedwards@nic.edu.

Just Mercy Flyer [PDF]

NIC students and faculty with Bryan StevensonNIC students and employees were given the opportunity to meet Bryan Stevenson and attend his lecture at WSU on Tuesday, Dec.1. Just Mercy is the common read this year at WSU and will be the common read at NIC starting Fall 2016. It was an amazing opportunity for those of us who were able to attend. We would like to thank the following groups for their support: ASNIC, The Sociology Club, The Diversity Council, and Cardinal Reads.