About the program

Our Fall 2019 Selection

Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen
by Jose Antonio Vargas

Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, called “the most famous undocumented immigrant in America,” tackles one of the defining issues of our time in this explosive and deeply personal call to arms.

Students discussing book at orientation.

The purpose of the If All of the School Read One Book program is to generate critical inquiry and discourse about complex contemporary social issues and to encourage creative and innovative thinking among social work students, faculty and staff. Through the shared experience of reading or viewing the same book or video, the program challenges us to think differently about ourselves, our country, the world community and the contributions of our profession.

We ask that students listen to the selected podcast, watch the selected video, or read the selected book/article prior to attending orientation in preparation for small group discussions.

Why Read the Same Book?

“Before I came to school for my own graduate education, I had an image of the exciting dialogues that faculty and students could have together about ideas. While graduate school certainly includes such dialogues, it still rarely provides such opportunities outside the structure of a specific class. So this is an opportunity for us to talk together about some important ideas -- both at orientation and perhaps in the months to come. The staff and part-time faculty, some alumni and all the other students in the School will also be invited to read the book with the hope that this will spawn a series of dialogues.”

- Nancy J. Smyth, PhD, LCSW

What Will We Discuss?

At a minimum, we'll be interested in hearing people's overall reactions; however, we will also have some specific discussion questions to facilitate a deeper discussion -- you may suggest a question if you wish.

Where Can I Obtain this Year's Selection?

You can purchase the Fall 2019 selection from Amazon, HarperCollins publishing, or the bookseller of your choice.