WSU Common Reading

Creating Community Connections

A common reading is another way of creating community connections among students, between students, faculty, and staff.

Common reading programs have been popular on college campuses since at least the start of the new millennium. By assigning first-year students the same book, and aligning book topics with classroom lessons, administrators and professors have been able to ask new students to examine subjects from different perspectives. Programs are reported to stimulate not just the act of reading but also academic discussions among students, faculty, staff, and the larger community.

Through November 1st, nominate the next common reading book. Books related to the theme “frontiers of technology, health and society” can be nominated as the WSU 2017-18 common reading selection used by thousands of first-year and other students.
2016-17 Common Reading
I Am Malala

I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban is about having a voice and working to establish social justice. Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai survived a 2012 attack by the Taliban and launched a campaign for education. In 2014, when she was 17, she became the youngest-ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Through the non-profit Malala Fund, she continues to be a world leader in the cause for universal access to education.

Thousands of students on five WSU campuses will use the book in many UCORE general education classes, such as sections of HIST 105 (Roots of Civilization) and English 101 as well as courses in many majors.

I Am Malala will be used at these WSU campuses:

  • Tri-Cities
  • Pullman
  • Spokane
  • North Puget Sound at Everett
  • Global Campus
Save the Date

Khalida Brohi is the founder and executive director of the Sughar Empowerment Society, a nonprofit social enterprise in Pakistan dedicated towards providing tribal and rural women opportunities to grow their skills as well as learn leadership skills in an environment of growth and development.

Brohi launched Sughar in 2009 (“Sughar” means “skilled and confident woman”) to provide opportunities to unleash the potential of all women in Pakistan, such as resources to launch and sustain rural businesses. Brohi’s aim over the next 10 years is to change the lives of one million women in Pakistan.

She has been named one of Newsweek magazine’s 25 under 25; one of the “100 Women Who Matter in Pakistan” by Newsweek; awarded the “Woman of Impact Award” by the Women in the World Foundation, Women Excellence Award by national Government of Pakistan; the Young Champion Award from the University of Singapore; and the Unreasonable Institute Fellowship Award. Brohi has addressed numerous global forums, and has received recognition from Oprah Winfrey, CNN correspondent Christiane Amanpour, and the former American President Bill Clinton.

Common reading programming becomes university-wide initiative…