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One Book

Website for the RVCC One Book Community-wide Read.

One Book Goals

  • Promote literacy
  • Connect RVCC community
  • Raise awareness about a topic

Criteria for book selections

  • Is it accessible to the “average” RVCC Community reader?
  • Will it connect the RVCC Community around a topic?
  • Does the book inspire discussion?
  • How much will it cost to buy en masse? 
  • Is the author available to speak?
  • Is the book engaging; a “page turner?”
  • Does the book speak to one of the four tenets of RVCC’s statement on inequality, discrimination, and violence?

Statement About Inequality, Discrimination, and Violence

Given RVCC's commitment to diversity and social justice as advocated for by its Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, the Paul Robeson Institute for Ethics, Leadership, and Social Justice, as well as its many national awards celebrating the college's efforts and accomplishments to embrace diversity, and its numerous academic and non-credit courses/programs examining prejudice including racism and its consequences:

  • We as a diverse community unequivocally believe that hate has no place in our community, in our country, or anywhere in the world.
  • We denounce all forms of hate, fear-mongering, bigotry, and white supremacy against the “Other” by working to support an inclusive community.
  • We stand together in solidarity with others who condemn the inequality, discrimination and violence that is occurring in our nation and across the globe.
  • We support the hundreds of volunteers, relief workers, and organizations who work to preserve, save, and enhance the lives of people who have been marginalized by social injustices, political oppression, and natural disasters.

Is RVCC One Book still active?

The RVCC One Book program was put on hold during the 2019-2020 academic year. 

For 2021-2022, the Evelyn S. Field Library is organizing CommUNITY Reads, an opportunity for college-wide and community-wide shared learning and discussion around a common selection of readings. Go to the CommUNITY Reads guide for more information.