Institute for Student Success

Focusing on Effective Petegogy, Inclusive Communities, Student SuccessFall 2012 Book Circles

In order to extend and enrich campus conversations about meeting our students' needs, the Institute for Student Success – in collaboration with the Office of Diversity & Inclusion – offered HSU faculty and staff the opportunity to engage in one of three book circles this semester.


Open to all HSU staff and faculty. Facilitated by HSU staff and faculty.


Lunchtime meetings, from September-November 2012 (dates and times vary with each book)

Teaching Unprepared Students by Kathleen F. Gabriel Teaching Unprepared Students

As more students from a range of backgrounds enter college, faculty
report increasing numbers who are unprepared for the rigorous
coursework of postsecondary education, including those with
underdeveloped reading, writing, math and study skills. This book
provides tested practices, techniques and approaches that instructors
can use to identify, support and engage these students, helping
them to raise their skills and successfully complete their studies.

Facilitated by Justus Ortega, Kinesiology


Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us &
What We Can Do
by Claude M. SteeleWhistling Vivaldi Book Cover

With this book, eminent social psychologist Claude M. Steele draws on decades of groundbreaking research to explore the concept of “stereotype threat” – the idea that stereotypes, or the fear of confirming them, can profoundly impact academic and athletic performance. Steele’s work not only sheds new light on racial and gender gaps, but also provides concrete solutions for combating this threat and
supporting student success.

Group 1

Facilitated by Tracy Smith, Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)

Group 2:

Facilitated by Eileen Cashman, Environmental Resources & Engineering

The Group 1 book circle will introduce participants to the concept of stereotype threat, and develop skills for recognizing stereotype threats and conversing on the topic. The Group 2 book circle – designed for those who have some prior experience with the topic – will primarily focus on strategies for alleviating stereotype threat in the classroom and workplace.


The First Generation Student Experience by Jeff DavisBook Cover of The First Generation Student Experience

Fifty percent of HSU’s first-time-freshmen are first generation college students, meaning that neither parent has attained a college degree. This book circle will provide insight about the
unique strengths, needs, and challenges of first-generation students, and other strategies for increasing their success.

Facilitated by Noah Zerbe, Politics

How do I sign up?

Registration is closed for all book circles. If you are interested in signing up for future book circles, please look for announcements through University Notices.

In recognition of the impact these topics have on the capacity of HSU staff and faculty to best serve our students, a $100 honorarium will was offered to all who participated fully in each book circle. In addition, each participant received their own copy of the book. Given that our budget for this popular project is limited, we also offered participants the option to forego this honorarium in order to allow more colleagues the opportunity to participate.