Western Reads is a campus-wide program that serves the university’s first year mission by promoting intellectual engagement, community and conversation with new students through experiences related to selected texts. The program serves Western’s mission of promoting Active Minds Changing Lives.
Western Reads creates opportunities for students to engage academically and socially in varied academic communities and conversations across campus. These include academic courses; interdisciplinary learning experiences; panel discussions; presentations by & engagement with guest speakers; film series; dialogues and activities with faculty, staff, students, and administration; book groups; community based learning experiences & dialogues; student-led experiences; and additional creative programming based on interest & need.
Programming supports new students in:
- Connecting to the larger campus community
- Successfully negotiating their first year
- Understanding the purposes of a liberal arts education