SSW Students, Faculty, Staff and Alumni Participate in UConn Reads

The University of Connecticut’s UConn Reads program has been created to bring together the entire University community – from students, faculty, and staff to alumni and friends of UConn, as well as citizens of Connecticut – for a far-reaching and engaging dialogue centered on a book suggested by the community. You are invited to join us in reading this year’s book of choice and, over the coming year, participating in the conversation through an exciting series of discussion groups and other events and activities hosted by the University.

Several School of Social Work students, faculty, staff and alumni are already participating in the inaugural year of the UConn Reads program. The 2011-12 Steering Committee, which includes SSW Director of Student Services Milagros Marrero-Johnson, has chosen Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, a nonfiction bestseller centered on the oppression of women and girls in the developing world.

Relating the personal stories of various women across Africa and Asia who have been victims of gender-based violence, abuse, and torture, Half the Sky gives insight into the struggles and tragedies as well as some of the triumphs of these survivors while demonstrating how the future of the global economy relies on investing in and supporting women around the world.

To learn how you can participate, visit the UConn Reads website.