2018 Book Club


2018 Book Club Selection

Book Cover Image - We Gon' Be AlrightThe PACRAO Diversity Development Committee (DDC) is proud to introduce the 2018 PACRAO Book Club selection "We Gon' Be Alright" by author Jeff Chang. This paperback book, of approximately 160 pages is intelligent and insightful, looking at today's race issues and at today's students. The book looks to tackle some of today's most challenging social questions regarding race in the United States. We Gon' Be Alright looks at recent student protests across universities and colleges in the country. In addition it tries to identify social inequity in our nation's housing policies.

The book was selected as "THE SMARTEST BOOK OF THE YEAR" by the Washington Post in 2016. The book has been described on Amazon as "Deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, passionately personal writing, and distinguished cultural criticism, We Gon' Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of "diversity," the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. He argues that resegregation is the unexamined condition of our time, the undoing of which is key to moving the nation forward to racial justice and cultural equity."

In an effort to share this great read with our PACRAO community and to really have an engaging book club session, the DDC has decided to provide the first 20 PACRAO members who sign up for the session a copy of the book. We look forward to your participation and involvement on this great opportunity. You must ensure that all of your contact information is up to date and that you stay registered for the book club session. The book will be mailed out before the conference and you will be required to bring the book with you to the book club session. We look forward to seeing you in Sacramento.

For more information email Arturo Torres, Diversity Development Advocate, arturo.torres@unlv.edu