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The 2022-23 SDSU Common Read selection, Crossing the Line

Common Read

2022 Common Read Selection

Crossing the Line by Kareem Rosser has been announced as the selection for the 2022 Campus and Community Common Read. Previous Common Read author Wes Moore says, "Crossing the Line is truly a special book. It will leave you with not just hope but also ideas on how to make that hope transferable."

Kareem Rosser is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He received his BA in economics from Colorado State University, where he led his collegiate polo team to a national championship. Kareem is a financial analyst and serves as the executive director of the nonprofit Friends of Work to Ride.

The SDSU Common Read is designed to bring together people from all areas of campus and the Brookings community to learn, discuss and engage a singular, impactful book and associated themes. In 2022 we will explore the acronym T.E.A.M.: Truth, Empowerment, Attitude, Mentoring.

What is the Common Read?

Each year, Honors champions a campus and community Common Read experience. This initiative is designed to bring together people from all areas of campus and the Brookings community to learn, discuss and engage a singular, impactful book and associated themes.

The Common Read started in 2009. It was originally designed to raise the level of academic challenge at SDSU, enhance our awareness of diverse perspectives, increase faculty and student interaction, encourage service, and promote enriching, engaging educational experiences both inside and outside class.

The Common Read Committee is a group of students, faculty, staff and community members who plan and implement the Common Read experience each year. The group selects the book, provides training for faculty and staff who will be teaching the book and plans numerous events designed to encourage participation and employ critical thinking around the text. 

Throughout the fall semester, the Common Read Committee partners with the Brookings Human Rights Commission and other campus and community groups to sponsor and support Common Read events on campus and within the Brookings community. These strong partnerships garner a large amount of campus and community support and involvement with the Common Read.