Multicultural Resource Center

Office for Institutional Diversity

MRC Book Club

Since 2020, the Multicultural Resource Center and the Reed College Library have collaborated to select and distribute a book that is representative of multicultural and LGTBQ+ authors and perspectives to the campus community. The purpose of the MRC Book Club is to support students of color and LGBTQ+ students by creating equity of access to multicultural literature and exposing students to diverse literature, perspectives, and stories. Multicultural books help students deepen their understanding of their own culture and the culture of others. Additionally, the MRC Book Club program is an important partnership between the MRC and Reed Library, both with a shared mission of empowering students to feel equal ownership of academic spaces. Students nominate books and then vote on the book selection for that semester/year. Books are distributed to community members who are interested in engaging with the book club.

Fall 2023 Selection: The High Desert by James Spooner

The High Desert Book CoverThe High Desert by graphic novelist James Spooner is a formative, coming-of-age graphic memoir that opens the doors into a young man's immersive reckoning with identity, racism, clumsy teen love, punk, activism, and belonging. This dreamworld is retold by the creator of Afro-punk, James Spooner, who will be visiting Reed College on March 30, 2024.