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About the DCRP

Held annually since 2013, this program comprises an interdisciplinary series of events inspired by a nonfiction book that advances discussions of diversity, inclusion, and justice.

Each year, books are distributed free of charge to interested NMU students (on a first-come-first-served basis), and all events are free and open to the public.

This year we celebrate the 11th anniversary of NMU's Diversity Common Reader Program with What My Bones Know: A Memoir Of Healing From Complex Trauma by Stephanie Foo.

If you read this year's DCRP book (What My Bones Know: A Memoir of Healing From Complex Trauma), attended any DCRP events, or have a book/topic idea for next year, please fill out our feedback and book recommendation survey. This is also a great way to let us know if you want to get involved in planning next year's program.

To fill out our survey click here!


Front cover of the book "What My Bones Know: A Memoir of Healing from Complex Trauma"

2024 Book Selection

What My Bones Know: A Memoir Of Healing From Complex Trauma

Stephanie Foo is a storyteller. She is the author of “What My Bones Know: A Memoir Of Healing From Complex Trauma,” the first literary memoir to tackle the science and psychology of complex PTSD, and previously, she was a producer at “This American Life” and helped create the national radio show “Snap Judgment.” She was was a 2019-2020 Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Fellow and has had work in The New York Times, Vox, 99% Invisible and Reply All. When she's not telling stories, you can find her in Forest Park, saving trees and harvesting acorns. 

You can learn more about Stephanie here

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Kel Sassi

DCRP Committee Chair | NMU English Professor

Contact Information

Kel Sassi, DCRP Committee Chair

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion