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As you begin to prepare to join us at Harris, it’s our goal to make sure we set a strong foundation for you to not only learn, but to build connections with your fellow students and ensure your understanding of your similarities and differences. To help achieve this, the Day One experience includes a common read. By participating in this common read, you will be creating a common experience between you and your fellow incoming students.  We hope you can come together to discuss your ideas, opinions, and reactions to a book that speaks to the city of Chicago and public policy. The common read is selected by the Student Diversity Programming Board in spring. Students will receive a digital copy of the book over the summer.

The 2018 Common Read was The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation by Natalie Y. Moore. In this intelligent and highly important narrative, Chicago-native Natalie Moore shines a light on contemporary segregation in the city's South Side; with a memoirist's eye, she showcases the lives of these communities through the stories of people who reside there. The South Side shows the impact of Chicago's historic segregation - and the ongoing policies that keep the system intact.

All incoming students are strongly encouraged to participate in the common read and attend the Diversity Luncheon. By participating in this year’s common read, you will be creating a base where you and your fellow incoming students can come together to discuss ideas, opinions, and reactions to a book that speaks to the city of Chicago and public policy.

This is a unique opportunity to partake in conversation and bring you together with your Harris community. All continuing students, faculty, and staff are also encouraged to participate in the common read before the start of the academic year and will want to hear your thoughts and opinions on the content.

You will be challenged to reflect upon the common read at the Diversity Luncheon on September 25, 2018, where the author of the common read will join us to talk about the book and participate in an open dialogue. The Diversity Luncheon aims to bring local, national, and worldly conversations regarding social justice to Harris through dynamic discussion exclusively for the Harris community.

Past common read books include: 

High Rise Stories (2017)