Common Book at El Centro

​The El Centro Common Book program is meant to be a co-curricular interdisciplinary project that engages the students, employees, and greater community in the collective experience of reading and discussing a common text.     

Get Involved

Each spring we distribute FREE copies to students. Students can pick up a copy in such places as the library, the Office of Student Life, and the Learning Center. We encourage faculty to obtain a personal copy so they can read the book and get involved. Don't be a spectator! Think critically and engage in the college community. Get a copy and start reading!

Check out our upcoming events below.

Honors Option

Students, inquire with your instructor about the Honors option in your course. They may have assignments centered around the Common Book that you can complete for Honors credit. Discretion is up to the Professor.

Professors, consider using the common book as a component of your Honors option, in your course.

Literacy Link Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Encourage cross-curricular critical reading while supporting and enhancing academic writing skills.
  2.  Via a common text, provide a platform that encourages community involvement and promotes both acclimation to and cross-curricular engagement with El Centro campus life.

Congressman John LewisSpring 2020 Common Book: The March

The March trilogy is an autobiographical black and white graphic novel trilogy about the Civil Rights Movement, told through the perspective of civil rights leader and U.S. Congressman John Lewis (pictured on the right). The series is written by Lewis and Andrew Aydin, and illustrated and lettered by Nate Powell.

Welcome From the Chairs

The Literacy Link chairs, Samantha Schulze and Joselyn Gonzalez welcome you to  El Centro Campus’s common book program. Each year, topics from a single, carefully selected book for students are featured in disciplines across the campus, and in special events and presentations. Having a shared source for such topics provides a common ground for students and their professors, and stimulates discussions and learning.  The same topics also lend themselves to presentations in a lecture series, and to discussions between students and faculty within and beyond classrooms.

Our goal is that students engage in an intellectual and community-building activity that introduces them to the college experience. All El Centro students are provided a book to read through various book distribution locations on campus, including the West campus of El Centro and the Bill J. Priest Institute.

Throughout the semester, students participate in discussions of the book and related issues; the discussions are facilitated by faculty, staff, and the community. We also encourage faculty and staff to incorporate themes and ideas from the Common Book in their courses and programs.

Joselyn Gonzalez

  • Dean of English, Literacy Link Chair

Samantha Schulze

  • Literacy Link Chair