The Reluctant Readers Book Club, sponsored by the Office of the Chief Diversity Officer, is designed to introduce students to books that are more reflective of their worldview, all while enhancing a student’s language skills. Students are partnered with a faculty/staff member, and will engage in a short common read for the duration of the semester.
Higher education scholar and former president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Ernest L. Boyer (1987), indicated, "The foundation for a successful undergraduate experience is proficiency in the written and the spoken word. Students need language to grasp and express effectively feelings and ideas. To succeed in college, undergraduates should be able to write and speak with clarity, and to read and listen with comprehension,” (Boyer 3).
The intent, then, is that students who participate in the Reluctant Readers Book Club will begin to develop a general interest in reading, thus, moving one step closer to acquiring the skills “to write and speak with clarity, and to read and listen with comprehension."
Determine whether you would like to participate in The Reluctant Readers Book Club.
Identify a student or students you would like to engage in this activity. Reach out and connect with students interested in participating.
Pick up a copy or copies of the selected text from the Office of the Chief Diversity Officer (DSU 2001).
Note that involvement is fluid, meaning you can participate as much or as little as you wish.
Participate in an end of the semester celebration.
For the future:
Assess the process, the value of the engagement, and the quality of the experience.
Suggest a book/novel for the future from authors who might provide thought-provoking perspectives based on differences associated with race, gender, sexual orientation, social economic status (class), religion, nationality, language, etc.
Determine whether you would like to participate in the Spring semester.