How was the book chosen?
The entire UTC community–students, faculty, and staff–is invited annually to submit suggestions regarding the book for the coming academic year. From the suggested books, the Read to Achieve Book Selection Committee chose its finalists by using the following criteria:
- Readability and potential for engaging students;
- Richness of content and themes, i.e. the book is well written and is a “good read”; widely recognized;
- Relevance to first-year students, current society, or local community;
- Appeal to a wide range of student interests and backgrounds;
- Possibilities for additional programming, especially inclusion in first-year courses or other areas of the curriculum;
- Potential for interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary discussion and integration into the curriculum;
- Accessibility for all students;
- Cost (not to be cost-prohibitive);
- Accurate and respectful portrayals of diverse cultures;
- Potential to spark lively discussion.
What have students said about this book so far?
"The format in which Ijeoma Oluo presented such sensitive information was impressive, and even though it was a book about topics that are often avoided due to their unstable nature, it made me want to read more."
"I feel more confident in asking questions instead of relying on the traditions I grew up with to tell me what's good and what's bad. I feel less restricted after taking your course, I don't feel tied down by baseless guidelines that only seem to benefit the wants and desires of others. Also, ENGL 1011 has reinforced my respect for cultures and communities I otherwise wouldn't react to or take note of."