One Book, One U
The One Book, One U program offers an opportunity for the UM community to explore issues of diversity and inclusion through the reading of a selected text. One Book, One U is designed to engage the entire university community in dialogue about the human experience. Each year, we work with various campus partners and co-sponsors to offer a schedule of events related to the book’s theme, including a signature event with the author, traditionally held in the spring semester. Free copies of the book are often made available at select events and will be advertised in the below schedule as details become available. We encourage instructors to use the text in their classrooms whenever possible and for all UM community members to take advantage of the opportunity to connect with classmates, friends, and instructors.
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  • Book Announcement

    Announcing the One Book One U selection for 2020-2021:
    Ijeoma Oluo’s So You Want to Talk About Race.

    As many of you know, the University of Miami has supported the One Book, One U program since 2017 when Professors Chantel Acevedo (English) and Osamudia James (Law) received a SEEDS grant to establish a common reading program.  The Office of Institutional Culture then became a strategic partner, citing the program’s alignment with the Quad Report for the Culture of Belonging and the program continued its mission of promoting discussions of diversity, equity, and inclusion.   

    As we approach the 2020-21 academic year, the UM community continues to feel the effects of our nation’s struggle with racial justice and our society’s general reluctance to address institutional racism, the concept of white privilege, and police brutality.  For people of color in particular, the societal wounds are profound and demand the attention of every member of our community.  As such, our selection committee, comprised of representatives from every school/college, the student body, and other key stakeholders, decided to reopen the selection process, seeking to amplify the voices of Black authors and to identify a text that directly addresses racial injustice.  After careful consideration, we are pleased to announce our next One Book, One U selection: So You Want to Talk About Race, by Ijeoma Oluo.  According to reviewer, Dave Zirin, “Oluo does more than deliver tough, blunt truths about the realities of racism, power and oppression. She also, in bracing fashion, offers a vision of hope; a message that through dialogue and struggle, we can emancipate ourselves from what she calls 'the nation's oldest pyramid scheme: white supremacy.'”

    Although the One Book, One U program has been focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion since its inception, this unique moment in history presents an opportunity to discuss racism in a very explicit way and we are privileged to offer the program as a university-wide platform for the important (and uncomfortable) conversations that must take place.  We are grateful for the support we’ve received from the Provost’s Office and from University of Miami Libraries, which will allow us to expand our programming and increase our presence.  As you may have seen in the President’s July 1st message, we are pleased to build on the strong foundation that our committee has constructed and contribute to the university’s efforts to pursue racial justice.  Examples of our increased measures include introducing the book to new students at Orientation, increasing the number of free copies available to students, offering a faculty reading group in the fall, and expanding our instructors’ guide for faculty interested in incorporating the text into their curricula.

    We look forward to reaffirming the One Book, One U program’s mission to attend to concerns of race, ethnicity, equity, and inclusion through various programming next year.  As in the past, we will send an invitation to units on campus to submit ideas for programming related to the book’s themes and we will provide updates on the program as they become available.   

  • Accessing the Book

    With generous support from University leadership, the One Book, One U program is pleased to offer access to free copies of the book. Hard copies were distributed at Orientation Check-In (August 9-11) and were available to new students at Richter Library on Friday August 14th. Both continuing students and new students may also complete this form to arrange pick-up or to request access to an eBook version. Priority access for new students ends on Monday, August 17th.

    Instructors may also request a hard copy by completing this form. An email will be sent when the book is available for pick-up from Richter Library, usually within 2 business days.

    In addition to the free copies available through our request forms, a limited number of free copies will be available at select events, which will be noted in the Schedule of Events, as information becomes available. Our community members can also access the book, including e-book versions, through University of Miami Libraries, a local library, or they may consider purchasing their own copy.

  • Instructor Reading Group

    One Book, One U is pleased to partner with Learning Innovation and Faculty Engagement to offer a facilitated, three-session reading group for UM faculty, staff, and graduate students interested in discussing how to incorporate So You Want to Talk About Race into their courses. Sessions are scheduled for two cohorts:

    1. Tuesdays from 12:30-1:45pm. Meeting dates: September 15, September 29, and October 13.  Register in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

    2. Wednesdays from 5:00-6:30pm. Meeting dates: September 16, September 30, and October 14.  Register in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

  • Instructors’ Guide

    Please use this guide to access information on prominent themes in each chapter, resources related to racial justice, discussions questions, and more.

  • Schedule of Events

    1. Brave Spaces Session: So You Want to Talk About Race

    Presented by the Multicultural Student Association, the Brave Spaces dialogue series provides continuous online opportunities for support, discussion, and education. Each event focuses on a specific topic and is facilitated by various University faculty and staff members as well as student leaders. On Friday, October 2 at 12pm, the Brave Spaces series will feature a discussion of chpaters 3 and 12 of the book: “What if I Talk About Race Wrong?” and “What Are Microaggressions?” The first 40 students to register will have an opportunity to pick up a free hard copy of the book! Please register by Tuesday, September 22.


    2. Miller School of Medicine Book Discussion

    MSOM students and faculty are invited to participate in a three-part reading group, sponsored by the Office of Diversity Inclusion and Community Engagement. The first 20 registrants will be able to pick up a free hard copy of the book. Registration details coming soon!


    3. Center for the Humanities Virtual Book Club

    The Center for the Humanities is pleased to adopt this year's One Book, One U selection, So You Want to Talk About Race as its next Virtual Book Club text! The book club discussion will take place on Thursday, November 5th via Zoom and will be led by the Center's UGrow Fellow, Nadiyah Aamer. The book club is open to everyone. Possible discussion questions will be emailed in advance but open conversation is encouraged. Please register by Monday, November 2.

    4. Community Book Discussion

    The Women’s Commission​, in partnership with the Office of Institutional Culture, invites all members of the UM community to join them for a brief series of guided discussions. Each virtual meeting will cover a specific section of the book and participants will have the opportunity to discuss topics in small “break-out” sessions. Registration details coming soon!

    5. Fostering Anti-Racism in the Workplace:

    The Department of Management at the Miami Herbert Business School is pleased to present a 2-day series offering students the opportunity to learn about the importance of leadership and awareness in cultivating a culture of anti-racism in the workplace, with improved consciousness of implicit bias, micro/macro-aggressions, bullying, harassment and the strength of diversity and inclusion in any organization. The event will take place in the spring semester and students from any program/major are welcome. Please contact the Management faculty, Marisol Capellan at, for any questions. Registration details coming soon!

    6. Virtual Author Event

    On Thursday, February 18th at 7pm, Ijeoma Oluo will discuss her book, So You Want to Talk About Race and take questions from attendees. Details coming soon!

  • Committees

    One Book, One U Program Committee:
    Chantel Acevedo, Ava Brillat, Meg Homer, Miriam Lipsky, Roxane Pickens
    Selection Committee:
    Chantel Acevedo, Matt Acevedo, Traci Ardren, Beth Bair,
    Germane Barnes, Nancy Brady, Ava Brillat, Melissa Burley,
    Melvin Butler, Marisol Capellan. Angela Clark,
    Sheila Crow, Renee Dickens Callan, Osamudia James, Leslie Knecht
    Laura Kohn-Wood, Dia Kontaxis, Miriam Lipsky, Roxane Pickens
    Zach Schwartz, Brice Sewell, Chinoia Weir

  • Co-Sponsors

    UM Libraries
    Office of Institutional Culture
    Center for the Humanities
    Creative Writing Program
    The Law School
    Department of English
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas
    Department of Student Activities & Student Organizations
    Gender and Sexuality Studies
    Cosford Cinema
    Center for Communication, Culture, and Change
    Modern Languages and Literature
    Lowe Art Museum
    Sigma Tau Delta
    Planet Kreyol
    Educational and Psychological Studies/Human and Social Development Program
    School of Education and Human Development
    Women's Commission
    The Creative Writing Ambassadors