The OneBook CRC Project, which began at CRC in fall 2010, encourages the Cosumnes River College community to read and discuss a common book during each academic year. The project spans both fall and spring semesters and is for the entire campus community (students, administrators, classified staff, faculty and members of the broader Cosumnes River neighborhood). The idea behind the project is to create an intellectual community around the reading of a common book in order to enhance student success, improve cultural competence, and encourage inclusive teaching and learning.
What is a common book, you might ask? A common book is a text that students and staff across the campus read and discuss in various capacities throughout the school year. Through OneBook CRC, students, faculty, staff and community members are encouraged to engage in the practice of reading and to use their reading experience to communicate, learn, grow and connect beyond their classrooms and workspaces.
Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People
In Blindspot, Mahzarin Banaji and Anthony Greenwald explore hidden biases that we all carry from a lifetime of experiences with social groups, age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, social class, sexuality, disability status, or nationality. The title’s “good people” are the many people the authors included who strive to align their behavior with their good intentions. The aim of Blindspot is to explain the science in plain enough language to allow well-intentioned people to better achieve that alignment. Venturing into this book is an invitation to understand our own minds.
Everyone is invited to self-enroll in our Blindspot Canvas page where you can enrich your engagement with the text, interact with other readers, and/or plan class activities with a multitude of resources.