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Student Affairs Book Club

Returning Summer 2020! 


The Office of the Vice Chancellor-Student Affairs (VCSA) welcomes all staff to join our professional development book club series. Become part of a community to develop learning opportunities while building better practices through shared knowledge and dialogue.

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Student Affairs Book Club - text with graphics - first 20 copies of book provided by VCSA

Book Club Participation Guidelines

To engage in meaningful, transparent, and inclusive dialogue, members of the first book club meeting developed a series of ground rules that all participants agreed to follow during the conversation.

Here's our non-exhaustive working list of participation guidelines:

  • Treat people with respect
  • Provide others with the benefit of the doubt
  • Be mindful of your input (be concise, timely in response, and make space)
  • Recognize that everyone's input is valuable
  • Use "I" statements
  • Call people "in," don't call them "out"

View our current Book Club selection—as well as materials from previous meetings—below.

October 2019

schooltalk book cover Schooltalk: Rethinking What We Say About—and to—Students Every Day

by UC San Diego Professor Mica Pollock

October 4, 2019 - Book Club Discussion
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Red Shoe Room - Price Center West

October 11, 2019 - Speaker Series: Workshop with Dr. Pollock
9 – 11 a.m.
Cross Cultural Center - Communidad Room

Schooltalk - Handout (PDF)

August 2019

Debunking the Myth ... Book Cover Debunking the Myth of Job Fit in Higher Education and Student Affairs

Edited by Brian J. Reece, Vu T. Tran, Elliott N. DeVore and Gabby Porcaro

August 6, 2019
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

• Debunking the Myth of Job Fit - Handout (PDF)

July 2019

Educated Book Cover Educated: A Memoir

by Tara Westover

July 9, 2019
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

• Educated - Handout (PDF)

June 2018

Hillbilly Elegy book cover imageHillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

by J. D. Vance

June 20, 2018
Noon – 1:30 p.m.

• Hillbilly Elegy - Handout (PDF)

March 2018

iGen book cover image iGen: Why Today's Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy—and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood

by Jean M. Twenge

March 2, 2018
Noon – 1:30 p.m.

• iGen - Handout (PDF)
• Book Club - Agenda 3/2/2018 (PDF)

October 2017

Free Speech book cover image Free Speech on Campus

by Erwin Chemerinski and Howard Gilman

October 25, 2017
12:15 – 1:30 p.m.

• Free Speech on Campus - Handout (PDF)
• Book Club - Agenda 10/25/2017 (PDF)

August 2017

Why Aren't We There Yet? book cover imageWhy Aren't We There Yet?

Edited by Jan Arminio, Vasti Torres, and Raechele L. Pope

August 2, 2017
12:15 – 1:30 p.m.

• Why Aren't We There Yet? - Handout (PDF)
• Case Study Scenarios (PDF)

May 2017

Are You Smart Enough? book cover imageAre You Smart Enough?

by Alexander Astin

May 31, 2017
12:15 – 1:30 p.m.

• Are You Smart Enough? - Handout (PDF)
• Book Club - Agenda 5/31/2017 (PDF)