book in common
My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor

Why A Book-in-Common?

The Book-in-Common program is a university-wide initiative developed to foster a learning environment focused on the success of students to live, work, and lead in a diverse and complex world.  The program will promote an awareness and appreciation for the richness that is brought by embracing all forms of diversity and multicultural perspectives.  In addition, it supports University initiatives such as curricular and co-curricular efforts in Global Connections, Wellness Connections, and Business Connections.

Common Reading Programs

  • intellectually engage students on a variety of social issues and diverse perspectives related to values and ethics
  • foster a sense of intellectual community throughout the university
  • engage students in interdisciplinary dialogue outside of the classroom
  • provide opportunities for increased interaction among students, faculty, staff, and alumni 

Book Selection

My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor

The first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor has become an instant American icon. Now, with a candor and intimacy never undertaken by a sitting Justice, she recounts her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench, a journey that offers an inspiring testament to her own extraordinary determination and the power of believing in oneself. (Credit:

Spring 2017 Essay Contest

Submit your My Beloved World essay!

Categories for:

  • Undergraduate Students
  • Graduate Students
  • Staff
  • Faculty

All essays must be written using this prompt: "Describe a powerful memory of childhood: This memory should be one that, based on its lodging in your memory today, shows up as a significant influence of or power for your life now. Take us back to that memory, paint a picture of it, and then bring us forward so we can see the impact."

A submission form must accompany each essay. Download your submission form here:

Undergraduate Student Essay Contest Submission Form

Graduate Essay Contest Submission Form

Faculty and Staff Essay Contest Submission Form

Essays must be submitted by Tuesday, February 21st by 5:00pm at

Prizes will be awarded to winners at a reception. Information about the reception will be announced at a later date.


Contact Us

Theresa Lindsay
Coordinator, Learning Success Programs
Pioneer Center for Student Excellence
BHL 226
(940) 898-4113
For additional faculty resources:
Dr. Jörg Waltje
Executive Director, Center for Faculty Excellence
SH 302
(940) 898-3426

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