2017-2018 Campus Community Book Project: Call for Nominations

The Campus Council on Community and Diversity (CCC&D) invites all members of the campus and greater community to nominate books related to the topic of intersection of racial and LGBTQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual) identities for the 2017-2018 Campus Community Book Project (CCBP).  As an educational institution, we endeavor to explore and engage thoughtfully about issues that impact our lives, directly and indirectly, with the goal of building a community that promotes diversity.  You can read more about the chosen topic for the 2017-2018 book project cycle on Dateline here under “Call for nominations for 2017-18 book project.”

The Campus Community Book Project aims to foster dialogue among students, faculty, staff, and residents of the surrounding areas about important social issues.  It also promotes learning about varied perspectives and ideas concerning the chosen topic.

We welcome nominations of books that meet the following criteria:

  • Compelling and thought-provoking to engage us in dialogue about contemporary controversial issues and to raise questions that have many possible answers.
  • Well-written, accessible, and engaging to a general audience.
  • Short enough to be read within the time frame usually allotted for coursework.
  • Provocative and intriguing to as many members of the community as possible, to invite diverse participation and integration into discussion groups and courses across disciplines.
  • Written by someone who is still living.
  • Author is a guest to the campus.

Any published work that is still in print in paperback – including non-fiction work, plays, novels, collections of short stories or essays – is eligible.  An additional consideration for the recommended title is that the book's author will be available to speak as part of the Mondavi Center's Speakers Series for the 2017-2018 season.

To make a nomination, contact Mikael Villalobos, Chair of the Campus Community Book Project, at mbvillalobos@@ucdavis.edu.  Please include the book title and author, plus a short description and explanation of why the nominated title complements the topic and represents a worthy selection.  The CCBP Selection Committee will begin reviewing nominations in July, so book recommendations are requested by July 1, 2016.

If you are interested in serving on the CCBP Selection Committee, which will review the nominated books, please contact Mikael Villalobos at mbvillalobos@@ucdavis.edu.  The committee meets through the summer and more frequently in the fall as it proceeds to final selection.  For more information about past book project selections, please visit the CCBP page on the Office of Campus Community Relations' website.

The Campus Community Book Project is sponsored by the Office of Campus Community Relations, the Campus Council on Community and Diversity, and the Offices of the Chancellor and Provost.