Common Book


The "common book" brings students, staff, and faculty together to read and discuss a selected text with the goal of enriching our campus and community's awareness of and engagement with diversity, equity, and sustainability.

The common book for fall 2013 is Barbara Jensen's Reading Classes: On Culture and Classism in America (Cornell University Press, 2012), a book that addresses the cultural differences between Americans who grow up in the working class and those who grow up in the middle class, the prejudice against the working class in American culture, and the psychological challenges people face when they move from the working class into the middle class. 


  • Enhances NHCC community's engagement with diversity, equity, and sustainability through the development of a campus-wide "reading culture"
  • Establishes common ground among students, faculty, and staff from all cultural backgrounds

Important Dates

  • September 10, 2013: Student Success Day Common Book Kick-off and Reading Group Sign-up
  • October 23, 2013 at 12 noon in FAC-119: Common Book Brown Bag Lunch
  • December 2, 2013 at 1pm in CBT Grand Hall: Author's Visit and Presentation for NHCC students, faculty, and staff
  • December 2, 2013 at 3pm in CBT Grand Hall: Author's Lecture for NHCC faculty

Other Helpful Information



Diversity and Equity Office Contact Information


Michael Birchard
Chief Diversity & Affirmative Action Officer

Jamie Ives
Intern Academic Diversity Specialist

Awale Osman
Intern Academic Diversity Specialist