Wednesday, Sept. 26th - 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. (Doors Open at 12:15 p.m.)

The Day One experience includes a common read, which will be selected by the Student Diversity Programming Board in spring. You will receive a copy of the book upon your arrival at Harris.

You will be challenged to reflect upon the common read at the Diversity Luncheon on September 26, 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.

Last year's common read was High Rise Stories, which includes accounts from former residents of Chicago’s public housing describing life in now-demolished high-rises. Twelve narrators reconstruct their homes and neighborhoods as they intricately map their passages out of them. Their complex stories of community, displacement, and survival give voice to those whose hopes and struggles exist firmly at the heart of our national identity.

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.