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As part of an ongoing effort to encourage diversity awareness within the NIC community, the 2016/18 academic year will be dedicated to addressing diversity through the theme: Exploring Race and Ethnicity.


Book Selection Survey Announcement
It is time once again to submit your suggestions to the Cardinal Reads committee for our common read. Every two years The Diversity Council at NIC selects a common theme designed to facilitate diversity programming across campus. “Cultural Identity” has been selected to be the campus wide common theme for 2018-2020.

The Cardinal Reads Committee is asking faculty and staff to complete this brief survey for input to suggest books that might be considered for the common read. The topic of the common read will connect directly to the common theme. Please suggest books appropriate to this theme. Listed below are the common read outcomes and common theme goals which are reflected in the book selection rubric. The online survey will be open through April 7th.

Click on this link to access the online survey:

Common Read Outcomes:

  1. Students, faculty and staff will understand how cultural identity influences student learning and student success.
  2. Students, faculty and staff will understand how cultural identity shapes interactions with fellow members within the college community.
  3. Faculty and staff will be able to identify at-risk populations to connect with institutional supports established within the college community.
  4. Students, faculty and staff will develop a greater understanding of the structural forces related to cultural identity to reduce individual discrimination.

Common Theme Goals:

  1. Prevent discrimination toward disadvantaged groups who are commonly marginalized.
  2. Develop a common learning experience connecting community constituents with the goal to help increase student retention.
  3. Strengthen community partnerships with organizations related to cultural identity to fulfill the college mission and vision of community engagement.
  4. Encourage cultural competency by educating college community members about the impacts of cultural identity as it affects student learning and student success.

If you would like more information about the common read, please contact Maureen Steinel or Holly Edwards. Your time and help with this effort is appreciated. 

Save the Date: The 4th Annual Day of Dialogue is scheduled for Thursday March 16
12:00 noon - 1:30 p.m. in the Lake Coeur d'Alene Room. The theme is, "Unspoken Strengths" and the committee will present the "Women of the Year Awards". Check back soon for more information. 

Cardinal Reads committee at the Day of Welcome 2016
Cardinal Reads committee at the Day of Welcome

The Ad Hoc Common Read Committee is happy to announce the selection of the new common read for the 2016-2018 academic year: Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson. Just Mercy is the common read at roughly 19 colleges and universities including WSU this year. For more information, contact Maureen Steinel, mesteinel@nic.edu or Holly Edwards, hcedwards@nic.edu.

Just Mercy Flyer [PDF]

NIC students and faculty with Bryan StevensonNIC students and employees were given the opportunity to meet Bryan Stevenson and attend his lecture at WSU on Tuesday, Dec.1. Just Mercy is the common read this year at WSU and will be the common read at NIC starting Fall 2016. It was an amazing opportunity for those of us who were able to attend. We would like to thank the following groups for their support: ASNIC, The Sociology Club, The Diversity Council, and Cardinal Reads.