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Fall Diversity Reader Revealed

Sept. 26, 2017
SHSU Media Contact: Tyler Pointer


“The House on Mango Street” has been selected as the Diversity Reader at Sam Houston State University for the fall 2017 semester.

The book is a coming-of-age classic written by Sandra Cisneros telling the story of a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago, according to Jeffrey Littlejohn, College of Humanities and Social Sciences Diversity Committee co-chair.

“This semester we wanted to do something that would engage audiences in a different way,” Littlejohn said. “In particular, we wanted to select a book that would speak with young women and our Hispanic community in a way that gave voice to their unique concerns and experiences.

The program is supported by the CHSS and Student Services, and has expanded to include the College of Education.

“Generally, the goal of the reader is to bring together students, faculty and staff around a book that addresses issues of diversity and inclusion. The text is intended to give our various community members a central topic around which they may interlace their own life stories and individual experiences,” Littlejohn said.

The end of semester discussion event will be held on Nov. 1 in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom at 5 p.m. where readers will be able to engage in this conversation, according to Littlejohn.

To receive a copy of the book, register at and follow the instructions. 

Those who receive a book are required to attend the Nov. 1 discussion.

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