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About the DCRP

The Diversity Common Reader Program (DCRP) is a semester-long, campus-wide initiative that focuses on reading as a means of social dialogue and change. 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.


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2022 Book Selection

We Hereby Refuse, by Frank Abe and Tamiko Nimura

Free copies are available to NMU students in the Olson Library. Pick one up while supplies last!

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DCRP Committee Chair, Lesley Larkin

"This year's book selection is a brand-new nonfiction graphic novel that tells the story of the incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII, through the lives of three historical figures who experienced it firsthand--and resisted it. The topic is timely, given the upcoming 80th anniversary of Executive Order 9066 (which authorized the camps), the current rise in anti-Asian hate crimes, and ongoing debates about immigration, citizenship, and policies of detention and family separation. Frank Abe and Tamiko Nimura's book is applicable to a lot of different courses and accessible to a wide range of readers."

Lesley Larkin

DCRP committee chair | NMU English Professor

Contact Information

Lesley Larkin, DCRP committee chair

Office of Diversity and Inclusion