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.
- Connecting to the larger campus community
- Successfully negotiating their first year
- Understanding the purposes of a liberal arts education
Western Reads would like to thank Western Libraries, the AS Bookstore, Residence Life, the Equity & Inclusion Forum, the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, Summer Start & Transitions team, Teaching & Learning Academy (TLA), University Communications & Marketing, disAbility Resources for Students (DRS), many dedicated faculty, staff, & students, and many other partners who make it possible for us to serve first year students & the broader campus. We couldn’t do what we do without you!