Book Selection Survey Announcement
In an effort to support diversity awareness across campus, North Idaho College has implemented a Common Read, “Cardinal Reads,” for the 2018-2020 academic year. The Common Read is a program designed to engage the NIC community, students and staff in a unified academic activity revolving around a central theme. The Cardinal Reads Committee is asking faculty and staff to complete this brief survey for input to suggest books that might be considered for the common read. The online survey will be open through April 7th.
The topic of the common read will connect directly to the common theme, Cultural Identity. Please suggest books appropriate to this theme. Listed below are the common read outcomes and common theme goals which are included in the book selection rubric.
Click on this link below to access the online survey:
Common Read Outcomes:
1. Students, faculty and staff will understand how cultural identity influences student learning and student success.
2.Students, faculty and staff will understand how cultural identity shapes interactions with fellow members within the college community.
3. Faculty and staff will be able to identify at-risk populations to connect with institutional supports established within the college community.
4. Students, faculty and staff will develop a greater understanding of the structural forces related to cultural identity to reduce individual discrimination.
Common Theme Goals:
1. Prevent discrimination toward disadvantaged groups who are commonly marginalized.
2. Develop a common learning experience connecting community constituents with the goal to help increase student retention.
3. Strengthen community partnerships with organizations related to cultural identity to fulfill the college mission and vision of community engagement.
4. Encourage cultural competency by educating college community members about the impacts of cultural identity as it affects student learning and student success.
Our 2016-2017 Book Selection: Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and RedemptionTo support the Diversity Steering Committee's 2016-2017 theme of Exploring Racial and Ethnic Diversity, the Common Read Ad Hoc Committee is pleased to announce its book selection for next year. Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson is "at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer's coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of justice." (Penguin Random House) Just Mercy has garnered praise from Desmond Tutu, John Grisham, and Nikolas Kristoff, as well as earning many other accolades. It is a New York Times bestseller that is presently the common read at 19 colleges, universities, and high schools.
The committee is planning roundtable discussions, film showings, the annual year-end symposium, and other events around Just Mercy for the 2016-2017 academic year. Faculty can learn how to implement Just Mercy into the classroom by participating in a Spring and/or Summer professional development workshop on Blackboard.
Don't forget to visit the Cardinal Reads display in the Molstead Library!
About Cardinal Reads
The Common Read: Inquiry, Discussion and Curriculum Design
What is the common read? The common read is a popular program at 2 & 4 year colleges across the U.S. According to the National Association of Scholars (2013), the common reading program maintains the following three goals: “to build community engagement, to explore a theme that fits with the mission of the college, and to set academic expectations” (p.91). The common read creates a shared experience which engages faculty and students into discourse about the same topic. Presently, about 300 colleges have some form of a common reading program.
Cardinal Reads at North Idaho College
In an effort to support diversity awareness across campus and fulfill the college's mission, the Diversity Steering Committee has implemented a Common Read referred to as “Cardinal Reads." The purpose of Cardinal Reads is to create a shared experience by engaging students and faculty in discourse on a common topic. This common read is developed and organized by the Common Read Ad Hoc Committee (Cardinal Reads) and supports the common theme adopted every two years by the Diversity Steering Committee. The Diversity Steering committee selects a campus-wide diversity theme to encourage diversity awareness for the NIC community. This awareness is achieved through professional workshops, incorporation of diversity into curriculum, guest speakers, conference, etc.
If you would like more information about the common read, please contact the Common Read Ad Hoc Committee Chair Maureen Steinel, or Co-Chair Holly Edwards. Your time and help with this effort is appreciated.