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We Speak For Ourselves

by D. Watkins

Book cover for "We Speak For Ourselves" by D. Watkins
UMBC’s Community Read provides discussions and events that foster intellectually stimulating interactions among all students surrounding the book. The Community Read is a program that allows everyone to come together to examine key issues in our global and local communities. Our working statement of purpose is to:
Create transformative experiences with our UMBC community through the simple act of reading together.

Our working vision includes the following:

  • Fostering student empowerment and determination
  • Creating a foundation for students to build their personal/professional development (notation for any skill building)
  • Removing the sense of distance between the work and the reader; less analysis, more reflection
  • Creating conversations that build community and connections
  • Leveling the field; take away titles
  • Engaging with others; shared learning
  • Establishing a catalyst for changing the wider world; empowering agency
  • Developing intercultural communication skills and connections
  • Building a sustainable program
  • Doing this because we mean it; not performative
  • Keeping the connection to the importance of reading
  • Creating transformative experiences