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Community Reads: About Community Reads

A guide to the Community Reads program at UWB/CC Campus Library

Welcome to Community Reads

About Community Reads

The purpose of the Library’s Community Reads program is to facilitate quarterly events in the Library or virtually around common books or other media. Our intention is to choose readings/viewings/listenings which will cultivate productive discussion in the campus community around equity, social justice, and diversity.

The Community Reads team members stand with the Campus Library’s Statement of Solidarity.

Our goals for the Community Reads program are to:

  • Build community through a common intellectual experience.

  • Promote engagement with thoughtful, noteworthy works of literature or scholarship related to issues of equity and social justice across the UWB/CC campus and community.

  • Offer instructors an opportunity to invigorate curriculum with vital issues and community conversation.

During In-Person and Online Events:

Community Reads events aim to inspire dialog about important issues facing our diverse campus communities. When you attend a Community Reads event, you will join your campus community in active large- and small-group discussions and activities related both to the material itself as well as to larger issues that the source might touch on. We try to end each event with an opportunity to think about actionable ways to incorporate what was discussed into our everyday lives.

Resources for engaging with community dialogue

Land Acknowledgement

The University of Washington Bothell & Cascadia College Campus Library occupies Land that has been inhabited by Indigenous Peoples since time immemorial. Specifically, this campus is located on Sammamish Land from which settler colonists forcibly removed Coast Salish People to reservations in the mid-19th century. Historically, the Sammamish were closely related to the Duwamish, and today their descendants are members of the Suquamish, Snoqualmie, and Tulalip tribes. Campus Library workers want to honor these Native communities and their Elders in particular.

Language Notes
dxʷdəwʔabš (audio): Duwamish, “people of the inside”
dxʷsəq̓ʷəb (audio): Suquamish, “place of the clear salt water”
sdukʷalbixʷ (audio): Snoqualmie, “people of the moon” or “moon” 
dxʷlilap (audio): Tulalip, “small-mouthed bay"

Community Reads Team Members

The Community Reads team is: 

Please feel free to contact us with questions, suggestions, or concerns. 


The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, and activities. Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made 10 business days prior to the event to the Community Reads Team. See email contact info above.

Additional Resources

Other Reading Programs

Social Justice Team

The Social Justice Team guide can be found here: